Profile: Megan Arkenberg

arkenMegan Arkenberg is an award-winning writer  of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her work has appeared in over fifty publications, including Asimov’s, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Clakesworld, and in anthologies such as The Apocalypse TriptychHeiresses of Russ, and The Best Horror of the Year. Her stories have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. She also writes speculative poetry, and her long poem “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages” won the 2012 Rhysling Award.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Megan attended Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she earned a B. A. in English and secondary education. She currently lives in California, where she studies English literature and teaches composition at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on Victorian literature and science, the Gothic, and Queer Theory.

Megan procrastinates on writing and research by editing the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance. In 2015, she edited the nonfiction for Queers Destroy Horror!, a special issue of Nightmare. When she’s not working with words, Megan enjoys museums, live theater, interior decorating, and walking in the vicinity of trees or large bodies of water. She tweets @meganarkenberg and blogs sporadically at Bitter Irony.


Awards – Wins and Nominations

Short Story Winner (tie), “Final Exam”, 2013 (Asimov’s Reader Poll)

Poem (3rd place) , “Apocalyptic Love Song”, 2013 (Asimov’s Reader Poll)

Long Poem (2nd place), “Six Things the Owl Said”, 2015 (Rhysling Awards)

Long Poem (3rd place), “Sister Philomela Heard the Voices of Angels”, 2013 (Rhysling Awards)
Long Poem Winner, “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages” (Rhysling Awards)
Translated Short Form Nomination, “Final Exam”, 2014 (Sejun Awards)
Nomination, “Lessons from a Clockwork Queen”, 2012 (WSFA Small Press Award)


Most Recently Published Book (as of October 2018)


Twenty-one stories that will possess you! Alien spectra that devour and derange. Haunted masks. Demons of rage and revenge, spirits of madness and mercy. Consuming AI, killer earworms, immortal cannibals, and entities beyond your comprehension. All these and more await you within A Breath from the Sky: Unusual Stories of Possession. Do you dare play host?

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Other Recent Work:

C is for Chimera

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Nightmare Magazine #35

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Aghast Vol. 1: A Journal of the Darkly Fantastic

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