Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of nine books, including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017). Her other books are A Roomful of Machines (ELJ Publications, 2015), Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), and We Bury the Landscape (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012).
Born on September 18, 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.
Age of Blight was one of the best books of 2016, according to the Chicago Review of Books, while 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 short stories and poems 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 magazines such as Bellevue Literary Review, Boston Review, Confrontation Magazine, Ellipsis, Existere, Folio, Narrative Magazine, New Welsh Review, Southword, The Cincinnati Review, The Freeman, The Puritan, The State, Tin House Online, Verse Daily, Weird Fiction Review, and World Literature Today. Her literary works have been widely anthologized in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2018), Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2017), My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology (Meerkat Press, 2015), 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). Her stories were also translated into German (in Around the World in more than 80 SF Stories) and soon into Czech (in Kuřata v hadí kleci).
Her translations of Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’s poems from Filipino have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote, Circumference: Poetry in Translation, Construction Magazine, Fishhouse, Samovar, [sic] - a journal of literature, culture and literary translation, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Adirondack Review, The Cossack Review, Waxwing, Speculative Masculinities (UK: Galli Books, 2019), The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism (Canada: Undertow Publications, 2018), and elsewhere. In February 2017, a reading of her English translation of Arguelles’s works was aired in "From the Fishouse: A Bilingual Reading of Poets from Around the World," an Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) Conference panel. In late 2018, Arguelles’s poetry collection, Walang Halong Biro (Dead Serious), will be released along with her translation by the De La Salle University Publishing House. And in 2019, she will co-edit with Kristian Sendon Cordero an exclusive Words without Borders section featuring translated literary works by Filipinos.
Kristine Ong Muslim was 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 editor for the SmokeLong Quarterly microfiction contest. 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, winner of the 2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology and one of Barnes & Noble's best sff collections and anthologies for 2016. She is co-editing with Mia Tijam and Paolo Enrico Melendez an upcoming release called Sigwa: A Climate Fiction Anthology from the Philippines for the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Press.
Recent Press and Interviews
- 5/2018 - Release of Voices on the Waters: Conversations with Five Mindanao Writers (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2018) featuring Ricardo M. de Ungria long-form interviews with Kristine Ong Muslim, Anthony L. Tan, Mehol K. Sadain, Said K. Sadain Jr., and Lina Sagaral Reyes
- 5/2018 - "Your 2018 summer reading list, as recommended by Filipino authors" at CNN Philippines
- 4/2018 - "11 Sci-Fi Short Stories You Can Read For Free Right Now" by Charlotte Ahlin
- 4/2018 - Speaker for Philippine International Literary Festival 2018 panel on "Fiction, Displacement, and Everything in Between" with Glenn Diaz, Elaine Castillo, and Conchitina Cruz
- 12/2017 - "These 8 Books are Fiction, but Climate Change is Not" by Tobias Carroll
- 12/2017 - Recommended reads for "The best Filipino books of 2017" at CNN Philippines
- 12/2017 - Haunted Advent Calendar day 4 guest post at MooreReppion.com
- 8/2017 - "The 10 Best Sci-Fi Stories You Can Read Online For Free" by Adam Morgan
- 8/2017 - "12 Esensiyal na Akda sa Panulaan sa Nakaraang 12 Taon" by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles
- 5/2017 - National Short Story Month guest-post at Emerging Writers Network
- 4/2017 - Write-up for PEN Center USA's Writer's Respond - Climate Change essay series
- 2/2017 - "How places can influence the mind--and vice versa" by David Barnett
- 9/2016 - Interview by Jeff VanderMeer at Weird Fiction Review
- 8/2016 - Interview by William Hoffacker at The Collagist
- 4/2016 - "Across the sea: Philippine speculative fiction reaches Czech Republic" by Aya Tantiangco
- 4/2016 - Interview by Megan Giddings at SmokeLong Quarterly