Our Super Secret Guests are…
Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner!
Ellen Kushner is a woman of many talents. She’s an award-winning author (Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, Thomas the Rhymer, The Privilege of the Sword, The Golden Dreydl, and The Fall of Kings, co-written with Delia Sherman) as well as the radio host of PRI’s Sound & Spirit, which Bill Moyers called “the best program on public radio, bar none.” Ellen is the co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization encouraging creativity that falls between genre categories. She is well known for spoken word works such as Esther: the Feast of Masks with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer ‘Nutcracker’ for Chanukah In 2008, Vital Theatre in New York City commissioned her to script a fullscale theatrical version. “The Klezmer Nutcracker” played to sold-out audiences, with Kushner in the role of the magical Tante Miriam, throughout the 2008-09 holiday season. And she sings, too! Ellen performs a musical telling of Thomas the Rhymer. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this wonderful work performed here at GAFilk. Ellen is currently working on a live staged version of The Witches of Lublin and a musical, The Bone Chandelier, with composer Ben Moore. You can read more about her at her website www.ellenkushner.com
Ellen currently lives in New York City with her beautiful partner…
Delia Sherman is ALSO an award-winning novelist (Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove, Changeling, The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, and The Freedom Maze, a time-travel fantasy set in Louisiana, which will be published in 2010.) Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy and Poe. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies. Delia has judged the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Fantastic Fiction, and the World Fantasy Award. She has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member and past officer of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Delia has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland with Ellen Kushner and Donald G. Keller, as well as The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling. She had co-edited two anthologies of Interstitial fiction: Interficitons 1, with Theodora Goss, and the recently released Interfictions 2, with Christopher Barzak. She teaches SF and Fantasy writing at Odyssey: the Fantasy Writing Workshop, and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, as well as workshops at colleges and science fiction conventions all over the country. She is a charming person and a snazzy dresser. Learn more about Delia at her website, www.deliasherman.com.
Photo by Ellen Datlow, used by permission
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