A.J. Odasso

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AJ Odasso

AJ Odasso is an award-winning American queer, intersex, nonbinary author and poet with a published career dating back to 2005. They are also a five-time Hugo nominee in the Semi-Prozine category in their capacity as Senior Poetry Editor for the speculative fiction magazine, Strange Horizons. A teacher at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, Odasso holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Boston University, and they are currently enrolled in the Rhetoric & Writing doctoral program at the University of New Mexico.

Writing career[edit]

Odasso began their published career in 2005, since then producing poetry, nonfiction, and short stories for magazines and anthologies.[1] Their poetry has been published in Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Strange Horizons, Liminality, Stone Telling, Farrago’s Wainscot, Battersea Review, Barking Sycamores, Goblin Fruit and New England Review of Books. Solo collections include: Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing), published 2010, The Dishonesty of Dreams (Flipped Eye Publishing), published 2014, and The Sting of It (Tolsun Books), published 2019,[2] originally shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize as Things Being What They Are.[3] They have also published a historical fiction novel, The Pursued and the Pursuing (DartFrog Blue), a continuation of the novel, The Great Gatsby.[4]

Odasso is also Senior Poetry Editor for Strange Horizons, a weekly speculative fiction and non-fiction magazine, where they have worked since 2012.[1][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Odasso holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Boston University.[2] They teach at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico, where they are currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Rhetoric & Writing.[1] They are intersex, identifying as pansexual[7] and non-binary.[8] They are also Jewish[9] and on the Autism Spectrum.[10]

Awards[edit]

Solo works[edit]

  • Lost Books: 2010 London New Poetry Award nominee[11]; 2010/2011 The People's Book Prize winner, Fiction Category, Winter 2010[12]
  • Things Being What They Are: 2017 Sexton Prize shortlist[2]
  • The Sting of It: 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award winner, Gay/Lesbian (GLBT) category[13]
  • The Pursued and the Pursuing: 2021 Reads Rainbow Award, 2nd Place, Historical Fiction category[14]

Strange Horizons Senior Poetry Editor[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "AJ Odasso". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "A. J. Odasso". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  3. "Two Poems by A.J. Odasso". Indolent Books. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  4. "The Pursued and the Pursuing". Goodreads. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  5. "About". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  6. "The Staff of Strange Horizons". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  7. "Our Queer Roundtable". Strange Horizons. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  8. "Readers and writers: Poet gives Jay Gatsby a new gay life with Nick Carraway in debut novel". Twin Cities. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  9. Yudelson, Larry. "Celebrating Jewish trans poetry day!". Ben Yehuda Press. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  10. "Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism". Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  11. "London New Poetry Award 2010". Coffee House Poetry. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  12. "Winners 2010/2011". The People's Book Prize. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  13. "2019 Winners New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards" (PDF). New Mexico Books. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  14. "Reads Rainbow Awards 2021: The Results". Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  15. "2013 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2013-04-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. "2014 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2014-04-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "2016 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2016-04-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "2018 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  19. "2020 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2020-04-08.