Phyllis Eisenstein

Phyllis Eisenstein was born in Chicago and has lived there all her life except for two years in Germany and a winter in Upper Michigan when her husband Alex was in the U.S. Air Force. She attended the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in various subjects and finally acquiring a B.A. in Anthropology. She has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 1969, both on her own and in collaboration with Alex, and in that time she has published six novels, several dozen stories in magazines and anthologies, a story collection, and a nonfiction book on arthritis, as well as reviews for two Chicago newspapers and articles for various publications including Crain’s Chicago Business. She has been nominated for major awards in the sf/f field five times. She has taught science fiction and fantasy writing workshops in many venues, including the Writers Digest School, the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop, and Indiana University. For twenty years, beginning in 1989, she was an adjunct faculty member in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she taught science fiction and fantasy writing and also edited two volumes of Spec-Lit, an anthology showcasing the work of her students. In 1999 the college gave her its Excellence in Teaching Award. Currently, she manages the copy editing and proofreading team at the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago, supervising a staff of eight. Since 1966, she has also helped her husband collect science fiction art and put on art exhibits at a number of science fiction conventions. Her latest fiction appeared in 2014 in the anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois, and in the venerable magazine Fantasy and Science Fiction.