Words & Worlds: A conversation with Kij Johnson

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Kij Johnson, an award- winning author, editor, and Associate Professor in the University of Kansas’s MFA in Creative Writing program. In her teaching Kij brings some serious credibility as an artist, scholar, and all-around “uber-geek.” Kij has published three novels, several novellas, and dozens of short pieces to markets including Amazing Stories, Analog, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Duelist Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, SciFiction.com, and Tor.com. She has recognized for her writing, having won the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award, and nominations for Hugo and Nebula awards.

She has had a multi-faceted career as an editor (for science fiction magazines, books and special editions); program manager on the Microsoft Reader; and documentation manager at Real Networks. She has also run chain and independent bookstores, worked as a radio announcer and engineer, and edited cryptic crosswords.

Our interview with Kij was an illuminating journey through her experiences, observations, and insights as a pub- lishing author and practicing academic and literary scholar. Talking with her was at turns part master class in creative writing and part demonstration of the artist at work, with liberal dashes of literary theory and pop culture thrown in for good measure. This was a fun article to write. You can find a citation and link below. Enjoy

Cain, W., Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & the Deep-Play Research Group (2020). Words and Worlds: A conversation on Writing, Craft, and the Power of Deep Fandom with Kij Johnson. TechTrends. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-020-00476-6

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