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Who I Am

Hi! I’m Erin Roberts.

I am a Black speculative fiction and non-fiction writer with an MFA from the Stonecoast low-residency program out of the University of Southern Maine. I primarily write about worlds that don’t yet (quite) exist – visions of the almost future, sideways glimpses into magic realms, quick trips into the land of the horrifyingly possible. I am also fascinated by people who embody one of my favorite Sondheim lyrics: nice is different than good.

Recent Fiction

I am a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop and was thrilled to be named the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation‘s 2017 Diverse Worlds Grant and Diverse Writers Grant and one of the Carl Brandon scholars for the 2018 Writing Excuses cruise.

On the gaming side of things, I write scripts for Zombies, Run! and am working on a speculative fiction workplace comedy for Choice of Games. And finally, as a non-fiction writer, I’ve written about being a black writer in speculative fiction, among other things. I’ve also started dipping my toes into the water of editing – I was an Associate Editor (aka slusher) for Hugo-nominated! Escape Pod from January 2017 until July 2018 and an Associate Editor for Pseudpod‘s most recent Artemis Rising call and open submission window. I am also absolutely thrilled to have guest co-edited the special Southeastern POC issue of Strange Horizons alongside renowned editor Sheree Renee Thomas and fellow guest co-editor Rasha Abdulhadi.

When I’m not writing stories, games, or essays, I write for businesses and non-profits as a communications consultant.