Delia Sherman, 2013
|Born||Cordelia Caroline Sherman
|Alma mater||Brown University and Vassar College|
Cordelia Caroline Sherman (born 1951, Tokyo, Japan), known professionally as Delia Sherman, is a fantasy writer and editor. Her novel The Porcelain Dove won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Ellen Kushner (they were married in 1996).
Sherman attended The Chapin School in New York. She received her B.A. at Vassar College in 1972, her Masters of Arts from Brown University in 1975, and her Ph.D from Brown University in 1981. She has worked as a lecturer at Boston University from 1978-87 and again from 1989-92; and a reviewer with the Women's Review of Books, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Review Annual between 1988-89. From 1996-2004 she was a consulting editor at Tor Books and since 1993 she has been a full-time writer, lecturer and teacher.
She has taught at Hollins College Children's Literature Program; and instructed at the Clarion Science Fiction Writer's Workshop, the WisCon Writing Workshop, the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop and the Alpha Teen WRiting Workshop. She was a guest author at the Virginia Highlands Festival Creative Writing Days in 2001.
Her three novels for adults are all from the subgenre Fantasy of Manners:
- Through a Brazen Mirror (1988)
- The Porcelain Dove (1993)
- The Fall of the Kings (2002) (with Ellen Kushner)
Her most recent novel is The Freedom Maze (2011). Set in Louisiana in the 1960—and 1860—it is a fantasy novel that uses the device of time-travel to explore the themes of slavery, courage, womanhood, and family ties. Though ostensibly aimed at young-adult readers, the historical research underpinning the novel makes it accessible to anyone with an interest in US history. The novel won the 2012 Prometheus Award  and the Andre Norton Award.
Two earlier books, Changeling (2006) and its sequel The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (2009) were fantasy adventures written for younger readers. They are set in "New York Between," a world she has explored in various short stories.
With Kushner and others, she is actively involved in the Interstitial art movement. She was a founding member of (and the first president of) the Interstitial Arts Foundation. She is also a member of the Endicott Studio. Together with Kushner, she was an instructor at the Clarion Workshop 2007 in San Diego.
- Through a Brazen Mirror (Ace, 1988; Circlet Press, 1989)
- The Porcelain Dove (Dutton, 1993; Plume, 1994)
- The Fall of the Kings (Bantam Books, 2002) (with Ellen Kushner)
- Changeling (Viking/Penguin, 2006)
- The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (Viking/Penguin, 2009)
- The Freedom Maze (Big Mouth House, 2011; Candlewick Press, 2014; Editions Hélium, 2014; Constable & Robinson, 2015) - won the Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction
- Young Woman in a Garden and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, 2015)
- The Horns of Elfland (Roc, 1997) (with Ellen Kushner and Don Keller)
- Sherman, Delia; Windling, Terri, eds. (1998). The Essential Bordertown : A Traveller's Guide to the Edge of Faerie.
- Interfictions (IAF Press, 2007) (with Theodora Gross)
- Sherman, Delia; Barzak, Christoper, eds. (2009). Interfictions 2 : An Anthology of Interstitial Fiction. Small Beer Press.
- Interfictions Zero (interstitialarts.org, 2010-12) (with Helen Pilinovsky)
- Interfictions Online: A Magazine of Interstitial Art (Executive Editor, 2013-)
Awards and nominations
- Andre Norton Award, 2012
- Prometheus Award, 2012
- Nominee, World Fantasy Award, 1999, 2001, 2006
- Mythopoeic Awards for Fantasy Fiction, 1994, 2012
- Finalist, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1989
- Clute, John (1999). The encyclopedia of fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9780312198695.
- Bickelhaupt, Susan; Maureen Dezell (1996-10-25). "Will Klein Sign His Letters From Washington?". The Boston Globe.
- Simon, Clea (2004-09-01). "It was love, but now it's gone". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- Libertarian Futurist Society. "PROMETHEUS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Official website – with bibliography
- Interstitial Arts site
- Delia Sherman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Delia Sherman at Library of Congress Authorities, with 11 catalog records