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Kij Johnson (born Katherine Irenae Johnson January 20, 1960 in Harlan, Iowa)[2] is an American writer of fantasy. She is a faculty member at the University of Kansas.

Kij Johnson
Kij Johnson
Born (1960-01-20) January 20, 1960 (age 59)
Iowa, United States
OccupationWriter, professor of English
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A., MFA[1]
Alma materSt. Olaf College, 1982; North Carolina State University, Raleigh 2012[1]


Life and careerEdit

Kij Johnson was born in Harlan, Iowa. She received her BA from St. Olaf College in 1982, studied creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota and at University of Kansas, then earned an MFA in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in 2012. She joined the University of Kansas English Department as Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in Fall 2012, where she is associate director of The Center for the Study of Science Fiction.[3]

Johnson has worked extensively in publishing: managing editor for Tor Books and TSR (Wizards of the Coast), collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, and content manager working on the Microsoft Reader. In her time at Wizards of the Coast, she was also continuity manager for Magic: The Gathering and creative director for AD&D settings Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms. Johnson serves as a final judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Johnson is the author of three novels and more than 50 short works of fiction. She is the winner of the 1994 Theodore Sturgeon Award for "Fox Magic", the 2001 Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for best new fantasist, the 2008 World Fantasy Award for "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", the 2009 Nebula Award for "Spar",[4] the 2010 Nebula (tied) for "Ponies",[5] and the 2012 Nebula and Hugo awards for best novella for "The Man Who Bridged the Mist".[6] She was a finalist for the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Hugo Awards; the 2008, 2010 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016 Nebula Awards; and the 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 World Fantasy Awards.[7]

In January 2013, Johnson gave the inaugural Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford, speaking on the topic of fantasy literature.[8]


Other published worksEdit

  • Essay, "This I Believe", aired on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, August 31, 2008
  • Essay, "Sturgeon and the Sturgeons", afterword for anthology of Sturgeon Award–winning fiction, forthcoming
  • Poem, "Why She Howls: A Coyote Love Story", Journal of Mythic Arts, Winter 2006
  • Comic script, "The Painted Horse", illus. Mike Dringenberg, in Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics, 1995
  • Essay, "Collections: The Whole Story", Dark Horse Comics Tipsheet #4, April 1993
  • Mirage: Oasis (web game for Magic: The Gathering trading card game)
  • Battletech: Last Stand at Hanover (web game for Battletech trading card game)
  • Weatherlight: Legacy (web game for Magic: The Gathering trading card game)
  • Tempest: Into the Storm (web game for Magic: The Gathering trading card game)



  1. ^ a b "Kij Johnson Biography". April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Locus Online Perspectives: Kij Johnson: Inversions". October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Kit Johnson, retrieved 14 October 2015
  4. ^ Kevin Standlee (May 15, 2010). "Nebula Awards Results". Science Fiction Awards Watch. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "2011 Nebula Award Winners".
  6. ^ a b Lauren Davis (September 2, 2012). "Congrats to the winners of the 2012 Hugo Awards!". io9. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  7. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  8. ^ PDF version of the first PLFL, The J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, 8 February 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
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