Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Speculative fiction especially as written by and for queer and marginalized populations, etc.

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Abbey Mei Otis is a writer, a teaching artist, a storyteller and a firestarter, raised in the woods of North Carolina. She loves people and art forms on the margins. Her story collection, Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer Press) was a finalist for the 2018 Philip K Dick Award. She has recently received fellowships from MacDowell, Tin House, the Millay Colony for Artists, the Vermont Studio Center, and the McKnight Foundation. She studied creative writing at the Michener Center for Writers, Oberlin College, and the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Currently she teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and is at work on a novel of climate catastrophe and post-mass-incarceration, This is Not a Wasteland.

Areas of Study:

Speculative fiction especially as written by and for queer and marginalized populations, the history of science fiction, folklore, fairy tales, body horror, human-animal hybrids, the grotesque/sublime/monstrous, collaborative storyforms and games, interactive literature, hypertext, experimental video games, anarchist manifestos, pulp & low culture, anti-hierarchical mentoring, critical pedagogy and community teaching.