Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner is an American writer of fantasy novels, and the host of the radio program "Sound & Spirit", produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International.

Kushner was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Delia Sherman (they were married in 1996cite news |title=Will Klein Sign His Letters From Washington? |work=The Boston Globe |date=1996-10-25 |first=Susan |last=Bickelhaupt |coauthors=Maureen Dezell] cite web |url=http://www.boston.com/ae/food/articles/2004/09/01/it_was_love_but_now_its_gone/ |title=It was love, but now it's gone |first=Clea |last=Simon |work=The Boston Globe |date=2004-09-01 |accessdate=2007-08-10] ). Her first novel, "Swordspoint" (1987), and its sequel (co-authored by Sherman) "The Fall of the Kings" (2002), are mannerpunk novels set in a nameless imaginary capital city and its raffish district of Riverside, where swordsmen-for-hire ply their trade. She has written another sequel set 18 years after "Swordspoint", called "The Privilege of the Sword", which was published in July 2006. A hardcover first of "The Privilege of the Sword" was published in late August 2006 by Small Beer Press.

Kushner's second novel, "Thomas the Rhymer," won the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award in 1991. She has also published short stories and poetry in various anthologies, including The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and the The Borderland Series of urban fantasy anthologies for teenage readers.

In 2002, she released a CD of her story "The Golden Dreydl," which uses music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" to tell a Hanukkah story. The music on the CD is performed by Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

With Delia Sherman and others, she is actively involved in the Interstitial art movement. She is also a member of the Endicott Studio.


External links

* [http://www.ellenkushner.com Official website]
* [http://www.wgbh.org/pages/pri/spirit "Sound & Spirit" official website]
* [http://jrabold.net/radio/2sou.shtml "Sound & Spirit" via streaming audio]
* [http://www.endicott-studio.com/bios/bioellendelia.html Bio page on the Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts website]

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