about emily

Emily C. Skaftun’s tales of flying tigers, space squids, and evil garden gnomes have appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless SkiesAsimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and more. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2009. Her debut short story collection, Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas, was published in November 2020 by Fairwood Press.

Emily lives just north of Seattle with a mad scientist and their Cat, Astrophe. She is the former editor of a Norwegian newspaper and practices norsk bokmål by translating comic strips. In her decade-plus editing career, she’s co-founded two online magazines, edited a tie-in anthology, and judged a Scandinavian haiku contest (haikuff-da!). 

An avid traveler, Emily has cuddled a crocodile in Cuba, attended Elf School in Reykjavík, swam in a Yucatán cenote, and flown over an active volcano. She’s spent a summer backpacking Europe, six months living in London squats, and nine months exploring all but five U.S. States while living in a VW Jetta.

Emily dabbles in roller derby and other absurd opportunities as they come along, while writing about fate, lizard people, and strange fish.

Emily is open to freelance editing and writing projects. Contact her at eskaftun (at) gmail (dot) com.