Sonya Taaffe cares deeply about myth, folklore, and dead languages. A respectable amount of her early poetry can be found in Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime, 2005), including her 2003 Rhysling long-form winner "Matlacihuatl's Gift," in A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria, 2011). Although Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime, 2005) reprints "Gift" and contains another half-dozen poems, it is mostly stories, including 2003 SLF Fountain finalist "Retrospective." Her poem "Muse," collected in Dwarf Stars 2008 (Kolodji and Wilson,eds.), was the 2007 Dwarf Star runner-up, and her poem "Follow Me Home" was reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection (Datlow, Link and Grant, eds.). Her novella The Dybbuk in Love (Prime, 2005) was reprinted in Best New Fantasy (Wallace, ed.), "On the Blindside" in Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2006 (Horton, ed.), and "The Depth Oracle" in Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (Guran, ed.). Her most recent poetry and fiction can be found in Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press, 2015).
Others of her stories can be found in King David and the Spiders from Mars (Lieder, ed.), Aliens: Recent Encounters (MacFarlane, ed.), Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction (Mandelo, ed.), People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy (Wallace and Swirsky, eds.), Last Drink Bird Head (VanderMeerand VanderMeer, eds.), Sky Whales and Other Wonders (Nazarian, ed.), Jabberwocky (Wallace, ed.), TEL: Stories (Lake, ed.), Mythic (Allen, ed.), You Have Time for This (Budman and Hazuka, eds.), and The Best of Not One of Us (Benson, ed.), and poems in Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Dietrich and Ferguson, eds.), The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry (Lemberg, ed.), Here, We Cross: A Collection of Queer and Genderfluid Poetry from Stone Telling (Lemberg and Narayan,eds.), The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (Allan, ed.), and the annual Rhysling Anthology from 2005 to 2013. Other poems and stories have appeared in such markets as Not One of Us, Sirenia Digest, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Ideomancer, Stone Telling, Goblin Fruit, Moral Relativism Magazine, Through the Gate, inkscrawl, Archaeopteryx: The Newman Journal of Ideas, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Apex, Interfictions Online, Lackington's, The Pedestal, Sybil's Garage, ChiZine, Cabinet des Fées, Zahir, Flytrap, Tales of the Talisman, Electric Velocipede, and Fantasy.
She holds master's degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and edits for the Hugo-nominated Strange Horizons. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats. She once named a Kuiper belt object.