Fran Wilde, MFA

Fran Wilde

Director, Genre Fiction Concentration

Education
B.A., University of Virginia, English & International Relations, 1994
MFA, Warren Wilson College, Poetry, 1997
M.A., University of Baltimore, Information Architecture & Interaction Design, 2001
Email
fwilde@western.edu
Office Location
Remote

Biography

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, its sequels Cloudbound, and Horizon, her 2019 debut Middle Grade novel Riverland, and the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary. Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com.

Q&A With Professor Wilde

How did you discover Western?

I first came through Gunnison in the late twentieth century, on a road trip. A millennium later, I was asked to be a featured genre speaker at Western and learned more about the MFA program from my predecessor, Russell Davis.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

In 2015, I won a Nebula Award for my debut novel, Updraft. My novels and short fiction have been finalists for three more Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Locus Awards, and longlisted for a British Fantasy Award. I've published more than 40 short stories, numerous nonfiction articles in The Washington Post, and five novels.

What most excites you about your field?

Imagination. Innovation. New voices.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

I love the mountains, and any place with a functioning observatory is utterly wonderful. I'm looking forward to getting to know the Valley better.

Publications

The Bone Universe Trilogy (Tor Books 2015-2017)
-- Updraft
-- Cloudbound
-- Horizon

Riverland (Abrams Books, 2019)

The Gemworld Series (Tor.com Publishing)
-- The Jewel and Her Lapidary (2016)
-- The Fire Opal Mechanism (2019)

Recent Short Stories:
"A Catalog of Storms," Uncanny, 2019
“Ruby, Singing,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2018
“The Synchronist” Infinity’s End, Jonathan Strahan, Ed. June 2018
"Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand," Uncanny, 2017
(more: http://www.franwilde.net/bibliography-by-phylum/)
External Professional Affiliations
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Futurescapes Writing Workshop, instructor
Kickstarter Creator in Residence 2018

External Professional Affiliations

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Futurescapes Writing Workshop, instructor

Kickstarter Creator in Residence 2018