Guest Instructor: Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir short story collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, which was nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards for best anthology. His stories and essays have appeared in the Guardian, NPR,, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond.

Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he teaches workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has guest lectured at Princeton, Trinity, the New School and various schools and organizations across the country. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at, on youtube and@djolder on twitter.

Here is a link to the Short Story Fundamentals class.

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