Kij Johnson
CSSF Associate Director

Kij Johnson is an author, editor, publishing production manager, and teacher. She received her B.A. degree in "A Cultural History of England to 1066" from the Paracollege at St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1982, and has done graduate work in creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota as well as at KU. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in 2012, and joins the University of Kansas English Department as Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in Fall 2012. Kij is the newest faculty member in the Department's MFA in Creative Writing program. Though primarily a fiction specialist, she will also offer courses in speculative fiction and related topics.

Since her first sale in 1987, she has published three novels and dozens of short stories to markets including Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy,, and

She won the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov's, "Fox Magic." Her stories have been finalists for several awards, including the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. In 2001, she won the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year, when her novel The Fox Woman was published. Her novel, Fudoki, was a finalist for the 2003 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2004 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Kij was an author guest of honor for the 2005 SFRA conference in Las Vegas. In 2009, her story, "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" won the World Fantasy Award; in 2010, her story, "Spar" (note: Not for young readers) won the Nebula Award; in 2011 her story, "Ponies" won the Nebula Award; and in 2012, her novella, "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" won the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. Her works have also been finalists for many awards, and she is currently a finalist for the World Fantasy and Hugo awards.

Her novels include two volumes of the Heian trilogy Love/War/Death: The Fox Woman and Fudoki. She has also co-written with Greg Cox a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, Dragon's Honor; and an e-book anthology of her short fiction, Tales for the Long Rains, from Scorpius Digital. She is currently writing a third novel set in Heian Japan; and Kylen, two novels set in Georgian Britain. Her short-fiction collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees, is now available from Small Beer Press.

Before coming to KU, Johnson taught writing and science-fiction writing at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State, and KU, and has lectured on creativity and writing at bookstores and businesses across the country. From 1994-2004, she assisted at the CSSF Writers Workshop for Science Fiction, and starting in 2005 teaches the CSSF Novel Writers Workshop. Since 1999, she has taught a series of writing classes at the GenCon Game Fair. Starting in 2010, she serves as vice chair on the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, taking on the role of chair in 2011.

Kij has worked as managing editor at Tor Books; collections and special editions editor for Dark Horse Comics; editor, continuity manager and creative director for Wizards of the Coast; program manager on the Microsoft Reader; and documentation manager at Real Networks. She has also run chain and independent bookstores; worked as a radio announcer and engineer; and edited cryptic crosswords.

Kij recently moved from Raleigh, North Carolina, to begin her new position as Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing at KU. A few years ago, she took a three-week research trip to Japan and is currently working on two new novels. Kij is an avid rock climber and has written numerous essays - and done a "This I Believe" podcast - on the topic. Check out her regularly updated website, which contains news, stories, and much more:

Published Books

Contact Information

KU mailing address for CSSF business:

c/o Chris McKitterick
English Department
University of Kansas
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 3001
Lawrence Kansas 66045-7590

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updated 4/25/2013

Kij Johnson

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Founding Director James Gunn.
Associate Director Kij Johnson.
Director Chris McKitterick.
AboutSF Coordinator Christina Nelson.
...and many more!

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