Sofia Samatar is the author of the novel A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press, 2013), winner of the 2014 Crawford Award. A Stranger in Olondria was also a finalist for theNebula Award (Best Novel) and Locus Award (Best First Novel). Sofia's short story "Selkie Stories Are for Losers" (Strange Horizons, 2013), a Nebula, Hugo and BSFA finalist, placed first in the 2013 Strange Horizons Readers' Poll, and was reprinted in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8 (Strahan, ed.).

Sofia's short fiction includes "Honey Bear" (Clarkesworld, 2012; The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2013, Horton, ed.); "Dawn and the Maiden" (Apex, 2013); "How to Get Back to the Forest" (Lightspeed, 2014); and "A Girl Who Comes Out of a Chamber at Regular Intervals" (Lackington's, 2014). "I Stole the D.C.'s Eyeglass" appeared in We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology (2013, Fernandes and al-Ayad, eds.); "Bess, the Landlord's Daughter, Goes for Drinks with the Green Girl" appeared in Glitter & Mayhem (2013, Klima, Thomas and Thomas, eds.); and "Ogres of East Africa" opens the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (2014, Fox and Older, eds.).

Sofia is also a poet and three-time Rhysling Award finalist. Her poem "Girl Hours" (Stone Telling, 2011) will appear in The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014, MacFarlane,ed.). Sofia reviews fiction for Strange Horizons, and was voted the top reviewer of 2013 in the magazine's Readers' Poll. Her work has been translated into Bulgarian, Croatian, and French. She is currently a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Sofia is a co-editor for Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and teaches literature and writing at California State University Channel Islands. She lives in Ventura, CA with her husband Keith Miller, their two kids, and their cat. She spends a lot of time scheming about how she can manage to see her scattered family in New Jersey, Nairobi, and Québec.