Guest Artist

Maria Dahvana Headley in conversation with Barbara Newman

Location: 108, Harris Hall (Map it)

Maria Dahvana Headley discusses her novel The Mere Wife, an adaptation of Beowulf, with Professor Barbara Newman.

Sponsored by: Chris Abani Speakers Series; The Medieval Cluster; One Book, One Northwestern; The Department of English programs in undergraduate Creative Writing and the Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate MFA+MA.


MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is a New York Times-Bestselling author and editor, playwright and screenwriter, most recently of the young adult fantasy novels MAGONIA and AERIE (HarperCollins), the dark fantasy/alt-history novel QUEEN OF KINGS (Dutton), and the internationally bestselling memoir THE YEAR OF YES (Hyperion). With Neil Gaiman, she is the #1 New York Times-bestselling editor of the anthology UNNATURAL CREATURES (HarperChildrens), benefitting 826DC. With Kat Howard, she is the author of the novella THE END OF THE SENTENCE (Subterranean Press) - one of NPR's Best Books of 2014.

Upcoming are THE MERE WIFE (2018), a contemporary adaptation of Beowulf, from MCD Books and Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, among other projects. Her Nebula, Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Award-shortlisted fiction has been anthologized in many years bests, and appeared in Lightspeed, Uncanny, Nightmare,, Shimmer, Apex, Clarkesworld, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Subterranean Online, The Toast, as well as many anthologies and Year's Bests.

Her essays have been published and covered in venues ranging from The New York Times to Harvard's Nieman Storyboard, and range from creative nonfiction to analysis of topics such as the ethics of writing about a vulnerable subject, inequitable gender representation in mainstream media , and sexual harassment in geek culture.

She grew up in rural Idaho on a survivalist sled-dog ranch, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, and Arte Studio Ginestrelle, among other organizations.