Nalo Hopkinson is an award-winning Jamaican fiction author and artist. In 2020, Hopkinson was named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master. She became the Youngest Grand Master and the first woman of African descent to receive the award.
Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian whose taproots extend to Trinidad and Guyana. However, her life thus far has been rooted in Toronto, where she landed at sixteen. After spending approximately 35 years there, Hopkinson moved to the US to assume a professorship in Creative Writing. Now she is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.
She has also taught numerous times at the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
Nalo Hopkinson writes science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction, crafting novels and stories that immerse readers in the realms of the unreal, the futuristic, and the impossible.
She has published numerous novels and short stories and occasionally edits anthologies. Hopkinson debuted with the novel Brown Girl in the Ring, which earned a nomination for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1998 and received the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
She has also gained recognition for her short story collections, such as Skin Folk (2001) and Falling in Love with Hominids (2015).
Later her writing received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the Andre Norton Award.
In 2022, Nalo Hopkinson won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for her science fiction short story Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story.
Nalo Hopkinson currently lives in California.
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