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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of Half-Resurrection Blues (book one of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguins Roc Books) and the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastics Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a rising star of the genre after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniels band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at ghoststar.net/, on youtube and @djolder on twitter.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
   Sea Girl (2017)
Series contributed to
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2016) : Shadowshaper

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