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Elise Matthesen (née Krueger; born 1960)[1] is an American essayist, journalist, poet, and fiction writer (primarily of science fiction and fantasy; she is an active supporter of the interstitial arts movement), a maker of art jewelry and a long time Bisexual Rights activist. For 13 years she was the companion of the late John M. Ford, until his death in September 2006.[2] She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the First Universalist Church there.

Elise Matthesen
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Elise Matthesen (left) and Sheila Williams, 2008
Elise Krueger

1960 (age 58–59)
Wisconsin United States
Known forJournalism, Science-fiction, Bisexual Rights
MovementInterstitial Arts Movement, Bisexual Rights


Early lifeEdit

Matthesen was born in Wisconsin.


She is an anorexia nervosa survivor[3] as well as a speaker, facilitator, and activist on issues of body acceptance, bisexuality,[4][5][6] polyamory,[7] and issues of self-esteem. She was one of the original contributors to the groundbreaking 1991 bisexual anthology Bi Any Other Name,[8] has written for local GLBT magazine Lavender, and is an active member of science fiction fandom.

In 1993 Jane Yolen published Matthesen's short story The Stone Girl in the Xanadu anthology together with works by Tanith Lee and Ursula K. Le Guin. In 2008 Catherine Lundoff published Matthesen's short story Focus of Desire in an anthology of Lesbian ghost stories.[9]


In 2009, Matthesen was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the Special Award - Non-Professional "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'".[10]


  1. ^ Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project; Kevin P. Murphy; Jennifer L. Pierce; Larry Knopp (2010). Queer Twin Cities. Univ Of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-5320-1.
  2. ^ Clute, John. "Obituary: John M. Ford: Science-fiction writer and poet", The Independent 30 September 2006
  3. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Anorexia" in Women en Large: Images of Fat Nudes (Laurie Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin); Books in Focus, 1994
  4. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Female-to-Elf?" Keynote speech BECAUSE Conference April 2000 St Paul Minnesota
  5. ^ Matthesen, Elise "What's So Funny About Bisexual Separatism?" Keynote speech, International Conference on Bisexuality, June 1994, New York City
  6. ^ Matthesen, Elise "Keynote Speakers" Archived 2016-04-03 at the Wayback Machine 2016 BECAUSE Conference April 2016 Minneapolis, Minnesota
  7. ^ Matthesen, Elis (June 18, 2000). "Faithful Polyamory". Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Unitarian Universalist sermon presented at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, as part of the Gay Pride Sunday Service.
  8. ^ Lani Ka'ahumanu. "25th Anniversary Edition of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out". Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Paulina Palmer (January 2016). "Ghosts and Haunted Houses". doi:10.1057/978-1-137-30355-4_2. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  10. ^ World Fantasy Awards: Nominees

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