Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Theodora Goss

Popular Fiction
Theodora Goss

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102

Phone

Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. in English Literature, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in English Literature, Boston University
  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • Ph.D. in English Literature, Boston University

Profile

Theodora Goss is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format; the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia (2014); debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017); and sequel European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Her work has been translated into twelve languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Areas of Expertise

 Popular Fiction

Areas of Scholarship

Fairy tales, the Gothic, Victorian fiction, the Fin-de-Siecle, and Fantasy

Recent Publications

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

Songs for Ophelia

The Thorn and the Blossom

Voices from Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner

Interfictions, coedited with Delia Sherman

In the Forest of Forgetting

Presentations

Panelist, "Monster Cultures," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 2018.

"Into the Dark Forest: Mapping the Fairy Tale Heroine's Journey." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2017.

"Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Paper: Teaching Fairy Tales in the Composition Classroom." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2016.

Panelist, "The Monstrous," International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March 2012.

"Imperial Gothic: The Last of the Tasmanians and The Island of Doctor Moreau." Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, February 2009.

Writing My Mother's Ghosts." "Reeling Beyond Realism, But to Reel in What?", panel sponsored by Omnidawn Publishing, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference, New York, New York, January-February 2008.

"Voices From Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner." Fantasy Matters Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2007.

"The Mysteries of Mansfield Park: Jane Austen's Radcliffian Female Gothic." Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2003.

"Revisiting the Fantastic: Tzvetan Todorov and The Turn of the Screw." International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 2002.

"Economies of Blood and Text: The Circulation of the Gift in Bram Stoker's Dracula." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Santa Clara, California, November 2001.

"The Female Artist as Hercules: Angelica Kauffman's Revisionary Aesthetics." "Beauty Then and Now," session sponsored by the Division on Restoration and Early-Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Washington D.C., December 2000.

"'At your bar am I willing to appear': The Language of the Law in Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland." "Frontiers of Charles Brockden Brown," conference sponsored by The Charles Brockden Brown Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2000.

Awards and Recognition

Finalist, Locus Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Finalist, Locus Award, 2018, for "Come See the Living Dryad."

Finalist, Nebula Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Finalist, Audie Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (audiobook).

Finalist, Compton Crook Award, 2018, for The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.

Winner, Rhysling Award, 2017, for "Rose Child."

Finalist, Locus Award, 2017, for "Red as Blood and White as Bone."

Finalist, Seiun Award, 2016, for "Beautiful Boys" (Japanese).

Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2015, for Songs for Ophelia.

Finalist, Seiun Award, 2014, for "Christopher Raven" (Japanese).

Finalist, Locus Award, 2011, for "The Mad Scientist's Daughter."

Winner, World Fantasy Award, 2008, for "Singing of Mount Abora."

Finalist, Mythopoeic Award, 2008, for In the Forest of Forgetting.

Tiptree Award Honor List, 2008, for Interfictions.

Finalist, Crawford Award, 2007, for In the Forest of Forgetting.

Finalist, Nebula Award, 2007, for "Pip and the Fairies."

Finalist, World Fantasy Award, 2005, for "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm."

Winner, Rhysling Award, 2004, for "Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks."