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

Where to find Mary at SiWC

Mary will be at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Surrey, British Columbia from Oct 20 – Oct 22, 2017. Get tickets here. Here’s where to find her: Friday, October 20 Workshop – Diagnosing Story Problems 11:30am-12:45pm Tynehead 1 In this workshop, we look at tools to help you figure out where a story has […]

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My Favorite Bit: Elizabeth Bonesteel talks about BREACH OF CONTAINMENT

Elizabeth Bonesteel is joining us today with her novel Breach of Containment. Here’s the publisher’s description: A reluctant hero must prevent war in space and on Earth in this fast-paced military science fiction thriller from the author of The Cold Between and Remnants of Trust—a page-turning hybrid combining the gritty, high-octane thrills of James S. A. Corey and the […]

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My Favorite Bit: J.S. Fields talks about ARDULUM: SECOND DON

J.S. Fields is joining us today with her novel Ardulum: Second Don. Here’s the publisher’s description: The Charted Systems are in pieces. Mercy’s Pledge is destroyed, and her captain dead. With no homes to return to, the remaining crew sets off on a journey to find the mythical planet of Ardulum—a planet where Emn might find her […]

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Where to find Mary at Con*Stellation

Mary will be at ConStellation in Huntsville, Alabama from Oct 13-Oct 15. Get tickets here. Here’s where to find her during the convention! Friday, Oct 13 Opening Ceremonies 6-7pm Madison-Decatur (2nd floor) Main Panel: Schmoozing 101 7-8pm Madison-Decatur (2nd floor) Main Meet Guests 8-9pm Redstone (1st floor) Panel: Fashion and Science Fiction 11pm-12am Twickenham (2nd floor) […]

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