About Mary

Mary Robinette Kowal Bio


Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Sometimes she even writes on them.

Recent Journal Entries

Writing Excuses Retreat 2018

2018 will be our sixth Writing Excuses Retreat: Join us for a cruise in the Caribbean, September 22-30th 2018! Registration is now open! The full details are available on the registration page, but here’s a quick overview: We will board in Galveston, TX, and spend a week at sea, stopping for excursions in Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. […]

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KJ Kabza is joining us today with his short story collection The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories. Here is the publisher’s description: In The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories, sand cats speak, ghost bikes roll, corpses disappear, and hedge mazes are more bewildering than you’ve ever imagined. These 11 fantasy and science fiction stories from KJ Kabza have […]

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Where to find Mary in January

Hopefully there is a little less nope in your New Year. Mary is mostly hibernating this month, but here are a few places to catch her in January! January 9 Online Patreon Writing Date January 14 Online Patreon Writing Class: Methods of Worldbuilding   Or find her online here Patreon • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram

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My 2017 year-end wrap up

It’s time for the wrap-up of what I’ve accomplished in 2017! Publications! Short Story “Your Mama’s Adventures in Parenting” – Shimmer Magazine “The Worshipful Society of Glovers” – Uncanny Magazine  Best Related Work Writing Excuses Season 12: Theory and Technique This looks like low output, which, well, it is. BUT, that’s because publishing schedules mean that […]

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Gift my books – personalization deadline is 12/16!

If you’d like to gift my books this holiday season (perhaps even to yourself!) you can order signed copies from Volumes Bookcafe and they will be shipped right to you! This is actually true all year long, this is just a reminder for the holidays. I’m also happy to personalize them, but you’ll need to […]

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