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Catherynne M. Valente


Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente
Born Bethany L. Thomas
(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Poet, novelist, literary critic
Nationality American
Alma mater UC San Diego, Edinburgh University
Genre Postmodern, fantasy, mythpunk
Notable awards James Tiptree, Jr. Award (2006), storySouth Million Writers Award (2007), Rhysling Award (2007), Mythopoeic Award (2008), Andre Norton Award (2009)

Catherynne M. Valente (born Bethany Thomas, May 5, 1979) is an American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic. For her speculative fiction novels she has won the annual James Tiptree, Andre Norton, and Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, the World Fantasy Award–winning anthologies Salon Fantastique and Paper Cities, along with numerous Year's Best volumes. Her critical work has appeared in the International Journal of the Humanities under the name Bethany L. Thomas as well as in numerous essay collections.


  • Career 1
  • Multimedia and mythpunk 2
  • Selected works 3
    • Novels 3.1
    • Poetry 3.2
    • Nonfiction 3.3
    • Short fiction 3.4
      • Collections 3.4.1
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Catherynne M. Valente's novels have been nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards. Her 2009 book, Palimpsest, won the Lambda Award for GLBT Science Fiction or Fantasy. Her two-volume series The Orphan's Tales won the 2008 Mythopoeic Award, and its first volume, The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden won the 2006 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, was nominated for the 2007 World Fantasy Award. In 2012, Valente's work won 3 Locus Awards: Best Novelette (White Lines on a Green Field), Best Novella (Silently and Very Fast) and Best YA Novel (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making).

In 2011, her children's novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making debuted at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, featured at #5 on Time Magazine’s Best Fiction of 2012 list.

In 2009, she donated her archive to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection in the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[1]

She is a regular panelist on the multiple Hugo Award winning podcast SF Squeecast.

Multimedia and mythpunk

Valente tours regularly both in America and abroad. She occasionally performs with singer/songwriter SJ Tucker, who along with her own varied discography composes albums based on Valente's work. The pair perform reading concerts throughout North America, often featuring dancers, aerial artists, art auctions featuring jewelry and paintings based on the novels, and other performances.

Valente is extremely active in the crowdfunding movement of online artists, and her novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was the first online, crowdfunded book to win a major literary award before traditional publication.

In a 2006 blog post, Valente coined the term mythpunk as a joke for describing her own and other works of challenging folklore-based fantasy.[2]

Selected works


The Orphan's Tales
A Dirge for Prester John

Published by Night Shade Books:


Published by Feiwel & Friends:

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making started out in 2009 as a crowdfunded middle-grade online novel (originally, a fictional children's book in Palimpsest).[4]



  • Introduction to Jane Eyre (Illustrated) (2007)
  • "Regeneration X" in Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010)
  • Indistinguishable from Magic (2014)

Short fiction

  • "The Oracle Alone" Music of a Proto-Suicide (2004)
  • "Ghosts of Gunkanjima" Papaveria Press (2005)
  • "The Maiden-Tree" Cabinet des Fees (2005)
  • "Bones Like Black Sugar" Fantasy Magazine (2005)
  • "Psalm of the Second Body" PEN Book of Voices (2005)
  • "Ascent Is Not Allowed" The Minotaur in Pamplona (2005)
  • "Thread: A Triptych" Lone Star Stories (2006)
  • "Urchins, While Swimming" Clarkesworld Magazine (2006)
  • "Milk and Apples" Electric Velocipede (2006)
  • "Temnaya and the House of Books" Mythic (2006)
  • "A Grey and Soundless Tide" Salon Fantastique (2006)
  • "A Dirge For Prester John" INTERFICTIONS (2007)
  • "The Ballad of the Sinister Mr. Mouth" Lone Star Stories (2007)
  • "La Serenissima" Endicott Studio (2007)
  • "The Proslogium of the Great Lakes" Farrago's Wainscot (2007)
  • "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica" Clarkesworld Magazine (2008)
  • "Tales of Beaty and Strangeness: City of Blind Delights" Clockwork Phoenix (2008)
  • "The Hanged Man" Farrago's Wainscot (2008)
  • "An Anthology of Urban Fantasy: Palimpsest" Paper Cities, ed. Ekaterina Sedia (2008)
  • "The Harpooner at the Bottom of the World" Spectra Pulse Magazine (2008)
  • "Golubash, or, Wine-War-Blood-Elegy" Federations (2009)
  • "The Secret History of Mirrors" Clockwork Phoenix 2 (2009)
  • "A Book of Villainous Tales:A Delicate Architecture" Troll's Eye View (2009)
  • "The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew" Clarkesworld Magazine (2009)
  • "The Anachronist's Cookbook" Steampunk Tales (2009)
  • "A Between Books Anthology:Proverbs of Hell" The Stories in Between (2010)
  • "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" Dark Faith (2010)
  • "Secretario" Weird Tales (2010)
  • "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time" Clarkesworld Magazine (2010)
  • "How to Become a Mars Overlord" Lightspeed Magazine (2010)
  • "15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai" Haunted Legends (2010)
  • "In the Future When All's Well" Teeth (2011)
  • "A Voice Like a Hole" Welcome to Bordertown (2011)
  • "The Wolves of Brooklyn" Fantasy Magazine (2011)
  • "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While" (2011)
  • "White Lines on a Green Field" Subterranean Magazine (2011)


  • This Is My Letter to the World: The Omikuji Project, Cycle One [5] (2010)
  • Ventriloquism (2010)
  • Myths of Origin, Omnibus collection containing The Labyrinth, Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and Under in the Mere (2011)
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl
  • The Bread We Eat in Dreams (2013)


Year Award Work (if applicable)
2006 James Tiptree, Jr. Award The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden (vol. 1)[6]
2007 storySouth Million Writers Award Urchins, While Swimming, Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 3[7]
2007 World Fantasy Award Nominee (Best Novel) The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden (vol. 1)[8]
2008 Rhysling Award (long poem category) The Seven Devils of Central California, Farrago's Wainscot Summer 2007
2008 Mythopoeic Award (adult literature) The Orphan's Tales (series)[9]
2009 World Fantasy Award Nominee (Best Short Story) A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica, Clarkesworld Magazine May 2008)[10]
2009 Andre Norton Award The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making[11]
2010 CultureGeek Readers' Choice Award (Best Web Fiction of the 21st Century) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making[11]
2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee) Palimpsest[12]
2010 Locus Awards (nominee) Palimpsest[12]
2010 Lambda Literary Awards Palimpsest[12]
2012 Hugo Award for Best Fancast SF Squeecast (with Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, and Elizabeth Bear)[13]
2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Books The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There[14]


  1. ^ Thomas, Lynne M. (March 20, 2009). "Hugos, Catherynne Valente Archives, and CLIR Reports". Confessions of a Curator. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  2. ^ A Rose in Twelve Names [1]. Retrieved on 2010-08-26
  3. ^ Valente, Catherynne M. (July 27, 2011). "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While by Catherynne M. Valente".  
  4. ^ The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. [2]. Retrieved on 2009-6-16.
  5. ^ Omikuji Project, Cycle One – Kindle Edition [3]. Retrieved on 2010-08-24.
  6. ^ James Tiptree, Jr. Award 2006 Winners. [4]. Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
  7. ^ South 2007 Million Writers Award for Fiction. [5]. Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
  8. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Mythopoeic Awards – 2008. [6]. Retrieved on 2008-12-11.
  10. ^ 2009 World Fantasy Awards. [7]. Retrieved on 2009-08-11.
  11. ^ a b Elizabeth Donald, (Belleville News Democrat), "CultureGeek Readers' Choice Awards," January 15, 2010, accessed January 31, 2010.
  12. ^ a b c "The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees". AussieCon 4. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ The Hugo Awards: 2012 Hugo Award Winners September 2, 2012, Accessed September 3, 2012
  14. ^ "Top 10 Fiction Books". Time Magazine. December 4, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 

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