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Polyphony
Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss was born in Hungary, and spoke Italian and French before she spoke English. She can still count in those languages. At various points in her childhood she remembers rice fields filled with frogs, a market square selling parrots, and nuns. She has gone under the Alps in a train too many times. She spent a significant amount of time trying to escape reality, mostly by reading about dragons. After a brief internment in law school and a law firm in Boston, where there were no dragons to speak of, she returned school to study for a Ph.D. in English literature.

She is currently teaching a class on fantasy, introducing Angela Carter and Philip K. Dick to unsuspecting freshmen. The idea for her story came from a student who asked why all the great writers seemed to die young. She lives in Boston with her husband, several cats, the history of English literature from Beowulf to Octavia Butler, and not enough bookshelves. She is learning Hungarian and looking for dragons. She hears they like to hide under the rug.

Her first published story, "The Rose in Twelve Petals," which appeared in Realms of Fantasy, will be reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 16. Other stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dreams of Decadence, Mythic Delirium, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Alchemy. She regularly writes reviews and teaches writing workshops.

Visit her home page at http://www.theodoragoss.com.


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