Roz Kaveney

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Roz Kaveney
Roz Kaveney April 14 2007 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden.jpg
Roz Kaveney, 14 April 2007, by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Born (1949-07-09) 9 July 1949 (age 66)
Occupation Writer and editor
Nationality United Kingdom

Roz Kaveney (born 9 July 1949) is a British writer, critic, and poet, best known for her critical works about pop culture and for being a core member of the Midnight Rose collective.[1][2] Kaveney's works include fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviewing, and editing.[3]


Kaveney attended Pembroke College, Oxford, where she participated in a poetry group that had a particular interest in Martian poetry and shared a flat with Christopher Reid. At the time, Pembroke only admitted men, and Kaveney was then still living as a man. She gave up poetry in her twenties, not resuming it until she reached her sixties. Kaveney's poetry was originally written in a rhythmic free verse, although her work later shifted into formalism. For a time she earned a living as a sex worker and in later years has worked as a transgender rights activist.[4]

On her website Roz says: "I was reared Catholic but got over it, was born male but got over it, stopped sleeping with boys about the time I stopped being one and am much happier than I was when I was younger."

Kaveney has contributed to several newspapers such as The Independent and The Guardian. She is also a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship and a former deputy chair of Liberty. She is deputy editor of the transgender-related magazine META.

Dialectic of the Flesh was shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Rituals - Rhapsody of Blood, Volume One was short-listed for the Crawford Award, and made the Honor Roll for the Tiptree Award.

Tiny Pieces of Skull 'deserves to be recognised as a seminal fictional work on transgender identity and transphobia... hilarious and chilling...' Times Literary Supplement, 24 July 2015.[5]


  • Tales From The Forbidden Planet (1987)
  • More Tales from the Forbidden Planet (1990)
  • Temps (1991)
  • Eurotemps (1992)
  • The Weerde: The Book of the Ancients Book 2 (1993, editor and contributor)
  • Reading The Vampire Slayer - The New, Updated Unofficial Guide To Buffy And Angel (2001)[6][7]
  • From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film (2005)
  • Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films (2006)[8][9]
  • Teen Dreams: Reading Teen Film and Television from 'Heathers' to 'Veronica Mars (2006)
  • Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Spirit, and Steel (2010)
  • Introduction to Scratch Monkey by Charles Stross (1993, introduction 2011)
  • Nip/Tuck: Television That Gets Under Your Skin (2011)
  • Tales from the House Band, Volume 1: A Plus One Music Anthology (2011)
  • Rituals: Rhapsody of Blood, Volume One (2012)
  • Dialectic of the Flesh. (2012)
  • What If What's Imagined Were All True. (2012)
  • Reflections - Rhapsody of Blood, Volume Two (2013)
  • Resurrections - Rhapsody of Blood, Volume Three (2014)
  • Tiny Pieces of Skull (2015)


  1. ^ "SURVEYOR OF THE SUPERHEROES: KAVENEY TALKS NEW BOOK". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Laurie. "Superheroes - Ribbon Culture". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Stevi (1998). Contemporary Feminist Theories. Edinburgh University Press. p. 120. ISBN 0748606890. 
  4. ^ "META magazine: the sex issue". Gay Times. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
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  6. ^ Guiley, Rosemary (2004). The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters. Checkmark Books. p. 7. ISBN 0816046859. 
  7. ^ "Booklist Review: Reading the Vampire Slayer". Booklist. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  8. ^ GRAVETT, PAUL (13 June 2008). "Kirby: king of comics, by Mark Evanier; Superheroes!, by Roz Kaveney". London: Independent. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Keen, Tony. "Superheroes! by Roz Kaveney". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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