Catherynne M. Valente is the author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2009), Under in the Mere (Rabid Transit Press, 2009), Palimpsest (Bantam, 2009) and The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice (Bantam, 2006 and 2007), as well as The Labyrinth (Prime Books, 2004), Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams (Prime Books, 2005), The Grass-Cutting Sword (Prime Books, 2006), and five books of poetry: Music of a Proto-Suicide (Brave Girl Press, 2004), Apocrypha (Prime Books, 2005), The Descent of Inanna (Papaveria Press, 2006), Oracles (Prime Books, 2006) and A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects (2008). Her short fiction has appeared in The Journal of Mythic Arts, Clarkesworld Magazine, Electric Velocipede, Federations, Salon Fantastique (eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, 2006), Interfictions (eds. Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss, 2007), Best New Fantasy (ed. Sean Wallace, 2006), and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her short story "Urchins, While Swimming" won the 2007 Million Writers Award, and "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica" was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. She is the winner of the 2007 Tiptree Award, the 2008 Mythopoeic Award, the 2008 Rhysling Award, and the 2010 Andre Norton Award. She is a 2010 Hugo and Locus finalist. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize and was twice a finalist for the Spectrum Award. Her next novel, a Stalinist-era folktale retelling, Deathless, will be released by Tor in 2011.

She currently lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, an enormous cat, and a spinning wheel which may or may not be enchanted.