Terri Windling is a writer, editor, artist, and folklorist specializing in fantasy literature and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, receiving nine World Fantasy Awards, the Bram Stoker Award, the Mythopoeic Award (for The Wood Wife), and the SFWA's Solstice Award for "outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor." She has also been short-listed twice for the Shirley Jackson Award (for Teeth and Queen Victoria's Book of Spells), and once for the Tiptree (for The Armless Maiden). Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Russian, Turkish, Korean, and Japanese.
Editorial work: Terri was a Senior Editor in the New York publishing industry in the 1980s, where she established the Ace Books Fantasy imprint, created a young adult fantasy line for Ace/Tempo Books, and then worked as a consulting editor for the Tor Books Fantasy line for two decades thereafter. She published the first novels of many writers now established in the fantasy field, including Charles de Lint, Sheri Tepper, Megan Lindholm (a.k.a. Robin Hobb), Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Pamela Dean, Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer, Delia Sherman, and Midori Snyder, as well as the first adult fantasy novels of Jane Yolen. Other writers she has worked with over the years include Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, Susanna Clarke, Ellen Kushner, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Evangeline Walton, Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazny, Greg Bear, Gene Wolfe, John Crowley, Jeffrey Ford, Nalo Hopkinson, Garth Nix, Gregory Maguire, Harlan Ellison, Peter Straub, Joyce Carol Oates, and Amos Tutuola.
As a champion of the short story form, she has published numerous anthologies for adult, young adult, and middle-grade readers -- many of them co-edited with Ellen Datlow, and created around myth or fairy tale themes. Their six-volume series of re-told fairy tales (beginning with Snow White, Blood Red in 1993) were ground-breaking texts in the modern revival of Adult Fairy Tale Literature, alongside the Fairy Tales series of novels edited by Terri in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ellen and Terri also co-edited the award-winning Year's Best Fantasy & Horror annual volumes (St. Martin's Press) for sixteen years -- publishing the stories of A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Vikram Chandra, Susanna Clarke, Charles de Lint, Emma Donohue, Louise Erdrich, Pierrette Fleutiaux, Neil Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, Stephen King, Ursula Le Guin, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, Peter Straub, Jane Yolen, and other writers of magical literature from around the globe. In Year's Best, they sought to expand the definitions of "fantasy" and "horror" beyond rigid genre boundaries, and to bring more attention to writing still marginalized at that time by women, writers of color, and foreign writers published in translation.
In 1997, Terri and Midori Snyder created The Journal of Mythic Arts, a pioneering online magazine for myth, folklore, and fantasy, which ran for eleven years and won the 2008 World Fantasy Award. In 2009, Terri began a small daily blog which has grown into the arts blog Myth & Moor, where she curates a wide range of material on mythic arts and creative living.
Writing: Terri's publications include an award-winning mythic novel for adult readers (The Wood Wife), urban fantasy for young adults (The Bordertown Series), as well as shorter works for Middle Grade readers, three illustrated picture books, and a small book of poetry (in the Seven Doors series, Hedgespoken Press). Her essays on myth, folklore, fairy tales, fantasy literature, and mythic arts have been widely published in books, magazines, and journals in the United States and Europe; she has also contributed to reference volumes such as The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales and Panorama illustré de la fantasy & du merveilleux.
Art & illustration: Terri's paintings, drawings, and collages -- inspired by folklore, women's stories, and natural history -- range from whimsical works for children to mythic art on feminist themes. Her work has appeared in books, magazines and exhibitions in the United States and Europe -- including shows at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, The Words and Pictures Museum and The Book Arts Gallery. Group exhibitions have included DreamWeavers (an American touring show of fantastical art), Fées (a French museum show of fairy tale illustration from the 12th to 21st centuries), Sir Lanval (a French and English show of art inspired by the medieval Lais of Marie de France), Ancient Spirit, Modern Voice (an international survey of modern mythic art), and Widdershins: Dartmoor Mythic Art, 2013 and 2016.
Public speaking: Terri has been Guest of Honor at The International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, The World Fantasy Convention, The Sirens Conference for Women in Fantasy Literature, Wiscon (for feminist sf & fantasy), Readercon, and other literary events in the US and UK. She was the Keynote Speaker for the Symposium on Fantasy & the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow (2019); delivered the fourth-annual JRR Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford University (2016); and was a featured guest at The Singapore Writers Festival (2013). In addition to these events, she has lectured on classic & contemporary fantasy literature, fairy tales & fairy tale literature, women in folklore, mythic arts, creative writing, mythic living, and related subjects at universities, book festivals, and a wide range of other venues in US, Europe, and further afield.
The Modern Fairies Project: Modern Fairies (2018-2019) was a year-long research project bringing folk musicians, visual artists, writers and filmmakers together to explore Britain folk stories and their relevance in modern arts and modern life. As one of the twelve artists chosen for Modern Fairies, Terri spent a year working collaboratively across artistic disciplins to create an immersive show of folklore-inspired music, spoken word, art projections, shadow puppetry and film, presented at the Sage Theatre, Newcastle, in April 2019. The project, led by musicologist Fay Hield and folklorist Carolyne Larrington, was funded by Oxford University, Sheffield University, and the British Arts & Humanities Research Council. Although the research end of the project formally ended in May 2019, the creative work is on-going.
Affiliations: Terri is on the advisory board for the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy at the University of Chichester (UK); serves as a juror for the Working Class Writers Grant for the Speculative Fiction Foundation (US); and supports Arts Emergency, a mentoring organizaton for young artists from working class backgrounds (UK). Previously, she served on the advisory boards of the Interstitial Arts Foundation (US) and the Mythic Imaginations Institute (US). She was the founder The Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts (1987-2008), co-directed with Midori Snyder; and co-founder/co-director of the Endicott West Arts Retreat in Tuscon, Arizona (2001-2014) with Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman.
Born and raised on the east coast of America, Terri now lives in England's West Country with her husband Howard Gayton, a dramatist specializing in mask theatre, foolery, and puppetry. They have one grown daughter, a middle-aged dog, and a small house stuffed with books and puppets in a village on the edge of Dartmoor.
The drawings above are by Helen Stratton (1867-1961), an unknown artist of the Victorian era, and Artbur Rackham (1867-1939).