Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman was born in Tokyo, Japan, and brought up in New York City.  She spent much of her early life at one end of a classroom or another, at Brown University where she earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies in 1981 and at Boston University and Northeastern, where she taught Freshman Composition and Fantasy as Literature.  Her first novel, Through a Brazen Mirror (Ace, 1989), was an Ace Fantasy Special.  In 1990, she was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer.  Her second novel, The Porcelain Dove (Dutton, 1993; Plume, 1994), won the Mythopoeic Award.  She made her debut in the world of children’s literature with short stories in The Green Man and Faery Reel (edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow) and Firebirds (Viking, 2003).  Her first novel for children is Changeling (Viking, 2006).  Delia has been a judge for the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation (  As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia’s continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers.  She has been a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited, with Ellen Kushner and Don Keller, the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland (Roc) as well as the Bordertown punk-elf anthology The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling.  With Theodora Goss, she edited Interficitons: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (Small Beer Press, 2007).  She teaches SF and Fantasy writing whenever she can at Odyssey, Clarion, and workshops at regional and national science fiction conventions.  Delia lives with fellow author and fantasist Ellen Kushner in a rambling apartment in New York City.  She is a social rather than a solitary writer, and can work anywhere, which is a good thing because she loves to travel, and if she couldn’t write on airplanes, she’d never get anything done.

Recently published - Changeling (fantasy for young people); stories in Salon Fantastique and Coyote Road.


Thu1700Readings Delia SHERMAN
Fri1000Teaching Writing Ellen KUSHNER, Scott EDELMAN, Gay HALDEMAN, Delia SHERMAN
Fri1600Fantasy and Traditional Songs and Ballads Ellen KUSHNER, Delia SHERMAN, Reiko HIKAWA, Hicaru TANAKA, Yasuko
Sat1200Location,Location,Location: How Setting Influences and Structures the StoryHow do the arc of the Ringworld, the hills of the Shire, the plazas of Trantor shape their stories' characters and events? Does local color bewitch or bore the reader? (Does it matter? -- why?) Are real places easier to evoke than imaginary ones? Which genre settings can't you forget?David D. LEVINE, Delia SHERMAN, Lillian CSERNICA, Stanley SCHMIDT
Sat1500Autographs Delia SHERMAN
Sun1000Is Fantasy Necessary?We never would have flown without Icarus. Alchemy came before nanotech. But fantasy is mired in kings and cookie-cutter dragons not the dreams, concerns and requirements of modern life. Fantasy can be seen as anti-democratic and racist. How can fantasy address the complexities of the 21st century? Should it?Anne HARRIS, Delia SHERMAN, Esther FRIESNER, Kirsten (KJ) BISHOP, Stephen SEGAL
Sun1200Interstitial Arts Foundation"Art that crosses boundaries." What does this mean? What does it include? Why does it need a Foundation? What can the Foundation accomplish? A talk about the Foundation, it's accomplishments and goals. Alma ALEXANDER, Delia SHERMAN, Ellen KUSHNER, Stephen SEGAL
Sun1600Kaffeeklatsche Delia SHERMAN