About Me

Carrie Cuinn, Dec 2016.

For publication:

140-character bio: Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, historian, and geek. Find her online at @CarrieCuinn or at http://carriecuinn.com.

Short bio: Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, historian, and geek. She’s passionate about the study of books as objects, food history, and social gastronomy. Find her online at @CarrieCuinn or at http://carriecuinn.com.

Longer bio: Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, historian, and geek. She’s passionate about the study of books as objects, food history, and social gastronomy. Her fiction often blends science fiction and fantasy with feminism, anti-colonialism, disabled and queer perspectives, myth, poetry, and whatever weirdness she’s fascinated by today. Recent fiction can be found in KaleidotropeKaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Luna Station Quarterly, and Apex Magazine. Find her online at @CarrieCuinn or at http://carriecuinn.com.

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Born and raised in California, I’m currently living in a little college town in the middle of New York State. I am a full time writer, part time freelance editor, and full time parent to a teenager with special needs, which should answer the question, “Why do you look tired?” without you having to ask.

For myself, 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 have a perverse fascination for slipping genre themes into rigidly structured poetry forms, like Petrarchan sonnets and pantoums. For money, I also write non-fiction on a range of academic and technical subjects (including food history, pop culture, vintage printing techniques, comic books, and the latest tech news). My first short fiction collection, Women and Other Constructs, was published in July 2013, and can be found 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 an art historian, my academic specialty is Early American Books and Prints: specifically the study of and preservation of books, newspapers, and broadsides printed when our country was new. (Also known as “the study of the book” or “the book as an art object”.) As a food historian, I rely on both my intense love of new cuisine and my passion for research. 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, all at once, because my brain works better when I keep it busy.

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 moderately 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.

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