Sonya Taaffe

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Sonya Taaffe is a Massachusetts-based author of short fiction and poetry. She grew up in Arlington and Lexington, MA and graduated from Brandeis University in 2003 where she received a BA and MA in Classical Studies, she also received an MA in Classical Studies from Yale University in 2008.

Taaffe was first published in 2001, with "Shade and Shadow" in Not One of Us, "Turn of the Century, Jack-in-the-Green" in Mythic Delirium, and "Constellations, Conjunctions" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction.[1]

Taaffe often writes for the small press magazine Not One of Us, for whose website she is the contributing editor,[2] she served as a co-editor in the Poetry Department of Strange Horizons magazine alongside A.J. Odasso and Romie Stott until 2016.

Taaffe proposed the name Vanth for the moon of dwarf planet Orcus to its discoverer Mike Brown, which was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). [3] [4]


Among her influences, Taaffe highlights Angela Carter for impressing her with "language that voluptuous, overblown, and precise all at the same time." She also lists Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tanith Lee, Patricia McKillip, Susan Cooper, Diana Wynne Jones, Jane Yolen, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Kathe Koja, and Peter Beagle.[1]


Taaffe's poem "Matlacihuatl's Gift" won the Rhysling Award in 2003, and her poem "Follow Me Home" appeared in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: 21st Annual Collection, her short story "Retrospective" was shortlisted for the Speculative Literature Foundation's Fountain Award in 2004 and her poem "Muse" placed 2nd for the Dwarf Stars Award in 2008.[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • "Matlacihuatl's Gift" (Dreams and Nightmares, Issue 63, 2002) (2003 Rhysling Award winner)
  • "Philon from Ithaka, Theas's Son" (Paradox, Issue 2, Summer 2003)
  • Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (2005, Prime Books)
  • "Muse" (Strange Horizons, March 12, 2007; 2nd place in the 2008 Dwarf Stars Anthology)
  • Postscripts from the Red Sea, published in a limited, handbound edition by Papaveria Press
  • "Apotropaism" (Goblin Fruit, Winter 2009; featured in the 2010 Dwarf Stars Anthology)
  • "Amal and the Night Visitors" (Goblin Fruit, Winter 2009)
  • "Homeric Hymn to Demophoon" (Goblin Fruit, Fall 2009)
  • "Anthology" (Cabinet des Fees, September 2009)
  • "ὡς πολλοῖς ὄμμασιν εἰς σὲ βλέπω" (Strange Horizons, November 2009)
  • "The Gambler"
  • "Logos"
  • "Titania's Dream"
  • "Fasti"

Short Fiction[edit]


  1. ^ a b (30 November 2004) A Conversation with Sonya Taaffe, Matthew Cheney, The Mumpsimus accessdate=February 2, 2011
  2. ^ (April 2005) Interview with Sonya Taaffe. Geoffrey H. Goodwin, Bookslut. Accessdate=February 3, 2011
  3. ^ Michael E. Brown (2009-04-06). "Orcus Porcus". Mike Brown's Planets (blog). Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  4. ^ "Minor planet circular" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  5. ^ SFPA Dwarf Stars accessdate=February 2, 2011

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