Terri Windling

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Terri Windling

Terri Windling (she/her) is a beloved writer, editor, artist, and folklorist, who has written over 40 books, and received 10 World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award, in addition to numerous prestigious shortlists. Her work ranges from the fictional to the academic, but all revolving around the magical and the fantastic.


Terri Windling is a writer, editor, artist, and folklorist specialising in fantasy and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, receiving ten World Fantasy Awards (including the Life Achievement award in 2022), the Mythopoeic Award (for her novel The Wood Wife), the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award (for “outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field”). She’s been shortlisted twice for the Shirley Jackson Award (for Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells and Teeth), and once for the Tiptree/Otherwise Award (for The Armless Maiden).

Terri has edited fantasy fiction since the 1980s, working with many of the major writers in the field and co-creating such book publications as the Fairy Tales series of novels and the Bordertown urban fantasy series. She’s edited numerous anthologies for adult and young readers, often in partnership with Ellen Datlow — including sixteen volumes in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series and six volumes in the Snow White, Blood Red series of adult fairy tales. She writes fiction for adults and children, nonfiction on folklore and fairy tales, and a long-running blog on myth, nature, and creativity: Myth & Moor,. She delivered the fourth annual Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford (2016), participated in the Modern Fairies folk music project (Oxford and Sheffield Universities, 2018-2019), and has been involved with the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow University since its founding in 2020.

Born and raised on the east coast of America, Terri lived in New York, Boston, and the Arizona desert before settling in Devon with her husband Howard Gayton – a British dramatist and puppeteer. They have one grown daughter, an elderly dog, and a small house stuffed with books and puppets in a village full of artists on Dartmoor.

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