Sarah Monette, MFA Faculty in Fiction
Sarah Monette

Sarah Monette


Sarah Monette was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She got her B.A. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Literature and Classics, with a minor in Women's Studies, her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She wrote her dissertation on ghosts in early modern revenge tragedy.

Sarah Monette has published more than fifty short stories, seven solo novels, and three collaborations with her friend Elizabeth Bear. Her most recent novel is The Witness for the Dead (Tor Books, 2021). The Goblin Emperor, written under the pen name Katherine Addison, won the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was a finalist for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Award. Her work has been translated into Russian, Japanese, Chinese, German, Turkish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Czech.

She's on Twitter as @pennyvixen, has a blog at, and (as Katherine Addison) reviews her nonfiction reading on GoodReads


Ph.D., English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison