Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of eight books of fiction and poetry: Age of Blight, Butterfly Dream, Meditations of a Beast, Black Arcadia, Lifeboat, Grim Series, We Bury the Landscape, and A Roomful of Machines. Her short story collection, Age of Blight, was one of the best books of 2016 according to the Chicago Review of Books, while her poetry collection, Grim Series, was included in the preliminary ballot of the Horror Writers Association’s 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Poetry and was twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award. Her tiny tales made it to The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2012 (selected by Dan Chaon) and 2017 (selected by Amber Sparks), as well as the storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011. Her poems and short stories garnered multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web (Dzanc Books), Best of the Net (Sundress Publications), and the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Dwarf Stars Award and Rhysling Award, as well as appeared in such magazines as Adbusters, Asia Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Boston Review, Confrontation Magazine, Contrary Magazine, Ellipsis, Existere, Folio, Narrative Magazine, New Welsh Review, Southword, The Freeman, The Puritan, The State, Verse Daily, and Weird Fiction Review. Her works were widely anthologized in the likes of The Doll Collection (Terrapin Books, 2016), My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology (Meerkat Press, 2015), Bestiary: the best of the inaugural demi-decade of A cappella Zoo (2013), Dadaoism (An Anthology) (Chômu Press, 2012), The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry (Aqueduct Press, 2012), Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems (Accents Publishing, 2011), and The Best of Abyss & Apex Volume One (Hadley Rille Books, 2008), among others. Her stories have also been translated into German (in Around the World in more than 80 SF Stories) and soon into Czech (in Kuřata v hadí kleci).
Born in September 1980 in Kidapawan, a city in the Philippine province of Cotabato, Kristine Ong Muslim grew up and continues to live in a rural town in Maguindanao, southern Philippines.
Her translations of Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’ poems from Filipino have appeared in Asymptote, Circumference: Poetry in Translation, Construction Magazine, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Adirondack Review, The Cossack Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. In February 2017, a reading of her English translations of Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’ works was aired in “From the Fishouse: A Bilingual Reading of Poets from Around the World,” an Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) Conference panel.
Kristine Ong Muslim is the poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, a literary journal founded by Jason Erik Lundberg and published by Epigram Books in Singapore. In April 2016, she served as guest reader for SmokeLong Quarterly. She was also guest co-editor with Rosebud Ben-Oni for the Winter 2014 issue of the literary journal Amethyst Arsenic and with Nalo Hopkinson for the original fiction section of the Lightspeed Magazine special issue, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!, one of Barnes & Noble's best sff collections and anthologies for 2016.
Recent Press and Interviews
04/2017 - Write-up for PEN Center USA's Writer's Respond - Climate Change essay series
9/12/2016 - Interview by Jeff VanderMeer at Weird Fiction Review
8/7/2016 - Interview by William Hoffacker at The Collagist
4/19/2016 - Interview by Megan Giddings at SmokeLong Quarterly