Susan Palwick was born in New York City and educated at Princeton (AB 1982) and Yale (PhD 1996). She lived on the East Coast until 1997, when she accepted a teaching job at the University of Nevada, Reno. She and her husband Gary quickly fell in love with Reno’s climate and geography.
She has published four novels with Tor Books: Flying in Place (1992), The Necessary Beggar (2005), Shelter (2007), and Mending the Moon (2013). Her story collection The Fate of Mice appeared In 2007 from Tachyon Publications. Her second collection, All Worlds are Real, was published in 2019 by Fairwood Press. Recent short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Lightspeed, and Tor dot com. Since she began publishing in 1985, her work has been reprinted in a number of Year’s Best anthologies, including several volumes of the prestigious Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series.
Palwick’s fiction has been honored with a Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and has been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. Prior to her induction into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, she received a Silver Pen Award in 2006.
After twenty years as an English professor, Palwick retired in 2017 to earn an MSW degree – also from the University of Nevada, Reno – and to move into healthcare. She has since worked as a chaplain (in both hospital and hospice settings) and as a dialysis social worker. She and Gary live in Reno with their cats and her growing collection of craft equipment.