Gloss grew up in rural Oregon and began writing seriously when she became a mother. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, and was close friends with fellow science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. She has taught writing and literature of the American West at Portland State University, and served as visiting professor at Pacific University's low-residency MFA in Writing program.
Awards and nominations
- 1996 Whiting Award
- The Jump-Off Creek was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won both the 1990 Ken Kesey Award for the Novel and 1990 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
- Wild Life was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and won the 2000 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for work that explores or expands notions of gender
- The Hearts of Horses was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award
- Outside the Gates. Atheneum. 1986. ISBN 978-0-689-31275-5.
- The Jump-Off Creek. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1989. ISBN 978-0-618-56587-0.
- The Dazzle of Day. Macmillan. 1998. ISBN 978-0-312-86437-8.
- Wild Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2000. ISBN 978-0-618-13157-0.
- The Hearts of Horses. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2007. ISBN 978-0-618-79990-9.
- Falling from Horses. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2014. ISBN 978-0-544-27929-2.
- Beverly McFarland, ed. (1998). "The Doe". A line of cutting women. CALYX Books. ISBN 978-0-934971-62-1.
- Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, eds. (2001). "from Jump Off Creek". Circle of women: an anthology of contemporary western women writers. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3367-6.
Notable short fiction
- "Personal Silence", 1990 (reprinted in Year's Best Science Fiction 1991)
- "Lambing Season", 2002 (nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story and a Nebula Award for Best Short Story)
- mollygloss.com (official site)
- Review of The Dazzle of Day by Jo Walton
- Ursula K. Le Guin (1997). "Outside the Gates". Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-3529-2.
- Gregory L. Morris (1995). Talking Up a Storm: Voices of the New West. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-8224-7.
- Guide to the Molly Gloss papers at the University of Oregon.
- Molly Gloss at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation
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