Author Profile

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer and editor. She currently lives and teaches in Riverside, California. Her novels (Brown Girl in the RingMidnight RobberThe Salt RoadsThe New Moon's Arms) and short stories such as those in her collection Skin Folk often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

Hopkinson has edited two fiction anthologies (Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories). She was the co-editor with Uppinder Mehan for the anthology So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future, and with Geoff Ryman for Tesseracts 9.

Hopkinson defended George Elliott Clarke's novel Whylah Falls on the CBC's Canada Reads 2002. She was the curator of Six Impossible Things, an audio series of Canadian fantastical fiction on CBC Radio One.

Hopkinson was the recipient of the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer[12] and the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for Emerging Writers.

Brown Girl in the Ring was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1998, and received the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In 2008 it was a finalist in Canada Reads, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Midnight Robber was shortlisted for the James R. Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award in 2000[13] and nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2001.[14]

Skin Folk received the World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in 2003.

The Salt Roads received the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for positive exploration of queer issues in speculative fictionfor 2004, presented at the 2005 Gaylaxicon.

In 2008, The New Moon's Arms received the Prix Aurora Award (Canada's reader-voted award for science fiction and fantasy)[15] and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic,[16] making her the first author to receive the Sunburst Award twice. This book was also nominated for the 2007 Nebula Award for Best Novel.[17]

In 2020 The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) announced that Nalo has been named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. Read the annoncement at

For more about Nalo and her works, go to

Videos featuring Nalo Hopkinson

A Tribute to the 37th SFWA Grand Master - Nalo Hopkinson


Click the thumbnail below to view/download high-resolution headshot

Nalo Hopkinson