About Me

Carrie Cuinn

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Tweetable bio: Carrie Cuinn is a deaf + queer writer, artist, local historian, gamer. Loves 📚+🎮+🎲. (She/her) Find her on Twitter @CarrieCuinn or online at carriecuinn.com.

Short bio: Carrie Cuinn is a deaf + queer writer, artist, local historian, and gamer. She has written for Wasteland 3, Kaleidotrope, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Chaosium, and more. If time weren’t a construct, she’d stuff it full of books, console/PC and tabletop games, and sleep. Find her on Twitter @CarrieCuinn or online at carriecuinn.com. (She/her)

Longer bio:  Carrie Cuinn is a deaf + queer writer, artist, local historian, and gamer. Her nonfiction explores local history and popular culture though a queer, disabled, and anticolonial lens, while her fiction often blends science fiction and fantasy with this perspective, plus myth, poetry, and whatever weirdness she’s fascinated by today. Carrie has written for Wasteland 3, Kaleidotrope, Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Chaosium, and more. If time weren’t a construct, she’d stuff it full of books, console/PC and tabletop games (especially TTRPGs), and sleep. You can find her on Twitter at @CarrieCuinn or online at carriecuinn.com. (She/her)

Last updated May 13, 2021.


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Need to know more?

Born and raised in California, I’m currently living in a little college town in the middle of New York State. I am a deaf and disabled freelance writer and researcher, as well as parent of a disabled teenager, which should answer the question, “Why do you look tired?” without you having to ask.

I write literary speculative fiction, including science fiction, apocalypse stories, magic realism, fucked up fairy tales, and things which nudge up against and fall outside of other labels. I create brightly colored art in a variety of mediums, including pen+ink illustrations, linoprints, acrylic or watercolor paintings, digitial pixel art, and more. I also write non-fiction on a range of subjects (including local history, pop culture, fashion, vintage printing techniques, RPGs, comic books, tech news, and more). You can find an updated list of my fiction publications here, and my nonfiction work is listed here.

I am a current member of the American Copy Editors Society, Interstitial Arts Foundation, Speculative Literature Foundation, and am an Active member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), based on my professional fiction sales, because I believe that limiting your exposure to other work is the fastest way to limit your own potential.

As a historian, my specialties are Early American Books and Prints (specifically the study of and preservation of books, newspapers, and broadsides printed when our country was new, sometimes known as “the study of the book” or “the book as an art object”.) I’m also fascinated by the history of my adopted hometown, Ithaca, NY, as well as the study of local history in general. I have degrees in both Fine Arts and History of Art, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, before running out of student loans.

I am usually writing at least one novel and several short stories, as well as doing nonfiction research – all at once – because my brain works better when I keep it busy, but I’ll always make time for interesting work-for-hire projects that come along.

On a personal note: I am an introvert who prefers to get my socializing done in large bursts at literary conventions, and then retire to my quiet little college town for the rest of the year. No con like Barcon, and no rest for the wicked. Also, I’m functionally deaf, so I’m probably not ignoring you – I just didn’t know you were speaking to me.

Unless you’re a jackass. Then I’m definitely ignoring you.