Charlie Anders

Charlie Anders
Charlie Anders

Charlie Anders
Occupation Author, editor, presenter, performance artist, publisher
Genres Science fiction
short stories, fiction

Charlie Jane Anders is an American transgender fiction author and commentator.

She has written several books and is the publisher of other magazine, the "magazine of pop culture and politics for the new outcasts", she was winner of a 2005 Lambda Literary Award and a 2009 Emperor Norton Award.[1] Her writing has appeared in, the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the New York Press[2],[citation needed] as well as in two dozen anthologies.[citation needed]


Professional life

Anders has had science fiction published in Strange Horizons, GUD, Flurb and Space&Time. Additional (non-SF) work has been published in McSweeney's, Pindeldyboz, the San Francisco Chronicle and the magazine Mother Jones.[citation needed]

In addition to her work as an author and publisher, Anders is also a performance artist[citation needed] and she organized a "ballerina pie fight" in 2005 for other magazine.[3] She won $1,000 on To Tell The Truth. [4] She has been a juror for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and for the Lambda Literary Awards. She formerly published the satirical website [5] which was featured by the Sunday Times as website of the week.[6] Anders is also well-known as the MC of the monthly reading series Writers With Drinks, a San Francisco-based event begun in 2002 that features authors from a wide range of genres.[7] She is also the co-editor, with Annalee Newitz, of the science fiction blog io9.[citation needed]

Personal life

Anders was born in New England and was a choirboy as a child.[8] She stated that she has been crossdressing since "definitely in my early teens." [4] Anders also self-identifies as genderqueer and a trans woman.[9] She has lived in Boston and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[8]

According to the Bay Area Reporter, in 2007, Anders brought attention to the discriminatory policy of a San Francisco bisexual women's organization called "The Chasing Amy Social Club," which specifically barred pre-operative transgender women from membership. Anders argued that such a policy "reduces everybody to what's between their legs." [10][11] As of 2011, the club's website [12] still includes the policy.

Since 2000, Anders has been partners with author Annalee Newitz. The couple co-founded other.[13]



  • Lambda Literary Award, for Choir Boy. 2006.
  • Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction finalist, for Choir Boy. 2006.
  • Best of the Bay Award for Writers with Drinks. 2005, 2006.


  1. ^ "Locus Online". 2010-08-11. 
  2. ^ "New York Press". 2007-03-21. 
  3. ^ Marech, Rona (2004-08-31). "A pop culture magazine for freaks and 'new outcasts' Other journal is pro-rant, pro-loopy and pro-anarchy". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  4. ^ a b Bussel, Rachel Kramer (2002-04-03). "Charles Anders interview". 
  5. ^ "archive of site at the Internet Archive".*/ 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Evan Karp (2010-02-11). "Variety-show reading series Writers With Drinks: Monthly reading series with variety-show flair has nearly a decade under its belt". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  8. ^ a b "Soft Skull Press author bio". 
  9. ^ ""Joker's Wild," San Francisco Bay Guardian, Anderson-Minshall, Jacob. 2007-02-08". 
  10. ^ ""Bi Social Club Bars Some Transwomen", Cassell, Heather. The Bay Area Reporter, 2007-08-23.". 
  11. ^ ""A Bi-Transgender Fight", SFist, 2007-08-24.". 
  12. ^ "Chasing Amy Social Club 'About Us' page". 
  13. ^ Dodero, Camille (14–20 November 2003). "The New Outcasts". Boston Phoenix. 

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