Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Palwick, Susan

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(1960-    ) US academic and writer. Her earliest published work is poetry; she won the American Academy of Poets Poetry Prize in 1981. SP first began publishing work of genre interest with "The Woman who Saved the World" for IASFM in 1985, and her short fiction has since been frequently anthologized. Many of her stories offer revisionist takes on Folktales or canonical literature, such as "Ever After" (1987), which harshly treats the theme of the Fairy Godmother, or "Jo's Hair" (1995), which traces the history of the eponymous hairpiece following the end of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868). She won the Rhysling Award for her poem "The Neighbor's Wife" (1985 Amazing). Flying in Place (1992), which won the William L Crawford Memorial Award, makes extremely effective use of the conventions of the Ghost Story to tell a tale of familial sexual abuse. SP's erudition, ingenuity and imaginative sympathy far outweigh the occasional unsureness of her plotting, and mark her as a writer worth attending. [GF]

Susan Palwick


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