Maria Dahvana Headley

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Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley (born June 21, 1977 in Estacada, Oregon) is an American novelist, memoirist, and playwright.

She is best known for the alternate history/fantasy novel, Queen of Kings, published in 2011. Her short story,Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream was a 2012 Nebula Award nominee, in the short story category, and originally published in Lightspeed Magazine in July 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Headley graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1995, and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program.

Queen of Kings[edit]

In early 2010, Dutton purchased Headley's debut novel Queen of Kings, which explores "the transcendent powers of love even beyond death, entwining the true story of Antony and Cleopatra and Rome's invasion of Alexandria with a narrative in which the Queen of Egypt sacrifices her soul to save her fallen husband and in return is transformed into an immortal goddess bent on the destruction of the Roman Empire".[citation needed] It was purchased as part of a trilogy deal. The hardcover was released in 2011.[1][2]

The Year of Yes[edit]

In 2006, Hyperion published her memoir, The Year of Yes, an account of the year Headley spent saying yes to dates with anyone who asked her out. The Year of Yes has been optioned for the screen by Paramount Pictures and the Jinks/Cohen Company (producers of American Beauty, and Big Fish, among other films),[3] and has been or will be translated into Korean, German, Dutch, Italian, Hebrew, and Chinese, as well as appearing in an additional English-language edition in the UK and world marketplace through HarperCollins Thorsons Element imprint.[4] The Year of Yes is a 2006 Finalist in The Books for a Better Life Award.[5]

The Year of Yes was released in hardcover in January 2006, and in paperback in January 2007.

Other Writing[edit]

The Book of the Dead, a fall 2013 anthology of science fiction & fantasy stories "all themed around the most mysterious, versatile and, perhaps, under-appreciated of the undead: the mummy," published by Jurassic London & the Egypt Exploration Society will contain Headley's mummies and candy story, Bit-U-Men.[6]

The Lowest Heaven, a 2013 anthology of science fiction stories devoted to the solar system published by Jurassic London & The Royal Observatory Greenwich, contains Headley's short story The Krakatoan[7][8] which was simultaneously published at Nightmare Magazine.[9]

The Traditional, a short story, was published by Lightspeed Magazine in 2013.[10]

Moveable Beast, a short story, was published in the anthology Unnatural Creatures in 2013.[11]

Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream was published by Lightspeed Magazine in 2012, and was a Nebula Award finalist in the short story category. It is anthologized in Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013, ed. Rich Horton.[12]

Game, a novelette, was published by Subterranean Press in 2012 and will appear in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2013, Ed. Paula Guran.[13]

Seeräuber was published by Subterranean Press in Winter 2012.

Headley's plays, Drive Me and Last of the Breed, have been produced at Boise Contemporary Theater in Boise, Idaho.[14]

Editorial work[edit]

Headley is co-editor with Neil Gaiman on the New York Times-bestselling anthology Unnatural Creatures an anthology to benefit 826DC, containing natural history-themed monster stories by a variety of authors both living and dead, including Samuel R. Delany, E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Nalo Hopkinson, Headley and Gaiman.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Headley is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and has attended The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Sundance Playwright's Lab, The Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices workshop, Brave New Works, and the WordBridge Playwright's Lab. She has received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (N.F.A.A), and WordSmitten Media, Inc. (, among others, and her fiction has been anthologized in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2005 and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 4. She has been a featured author at Bumbershoot, Wordstock, and the Texas Book Festival.

Locus Magazine's July 2013 issue contains Maria Dahvana Headley: Divine Monsters, an interview and cover profile.[16]


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