Nin Harris is an SFF author and poet. In her day job she is a senior lecturer (permanent) with a focus on the Postcolonial Gothic, Anthropocene Studies, Memory Studies and Geocriticism. Nin writes Gothic fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, baroque planetary romances and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s publishing credits include: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Uncanny and more.
(You may visit her Amazon.com author page if you’re interested in purchasing any of the books or periodicals featuring her work)
In her free time, Nin buries herself in books as though they aren’t a crucial part of her day job, language learning (Welsh, Greek, French and Latin for now, Tamil, Gaelic, Foochow and Sanskrit later on), music theory and practising both the classical guitar and piano. A music composer since childhood, she’s finally attaining the theory and structure needed as a music student.
Nin can play four instruments🎸🎹🎻, five if you count her voice. She asserts however that she plays none of these instruments very well. She got her start in music-learning by playing and composing on the melodica for many years from childhood till late teenhood. She’s on a decades-long learning curve, and it’s pretty steep. She hopes to return to the violin at some point (having had only two semesters of violin lessons as an undergraduate) and still considers herself a novice.
Primarily, Nin’s an intermediate classical guitarist and somewhere between a novice (for sight reading/theory) and intermediate (for composing by ear) as a pianist. She is always a classical guitarist first.
Nin is also a visual artist, and even though her life drawing skills are laughable, people have paid actual money in the past for her abstract work. She still nurtures fantasies of returning to art, fixing her life drawing skills, and doing an art show, maybe when she retires. She is an avid amateur photographer and has wistful thoughts of returning to shooting on film (her SLR Nikon camera) someday when she actually has time, and actually visits interesting places again. For now, she occasionally messes around with photography and photograph post-production on her iPhone 7 using the Adobe Photoshop extensions/apps for the phone, and messing around with the programs that come with her Adobe Creative Cloud subscription on her main machine.
When she’s not doing all of the above, Nin enjoys playing chess against the Chess.com computer and is determined to improve her score there (she’s never been very good, but she hopes to get better). She can also be found experimenting in the culinary arts most weekends since cooking is another of her life’s many passions.
Nin may also be found puttering about in her balcony garden, trying not to kill plants while she’s watering and nurturing weeds that are actually mutant ferns 🌿 and being disgustingly domestic, when she’s not lost in a television series binge on weekends. She also enjoys dancing even though she’s never been able to work up the nerve to join dancing classes (primarily for the flamenco and the tango). Perhaps another thing for the retirement bucket list?
Shorter, official bio for your websites and interviews:
Nin Harris is an author, poet, critical theorist and Gothic scholar who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic fiction, baroque planetary romances and space operas, mythic fantasies and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin’s publishing credits include: Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Beneath Ceaseless Skies etc. Nin is a 2016 Rhysling Poetry Award nominee.
Nin is also the editor-in-chief of Truancy Magazine.
She may be contacted at: ninianev AT gmail for any queries, interviews, or if you’d like her to speak at your institution. Nin does not subscribe to the policy of extreme availability when it comes to interactions as she is busy and low on social energy. As such, she would prefer her privacy and boundaries to be respected, as she is a deeply introverted author/critical theorist/academic and has never hidden that fact.
If you are interested in her work as a postcolonial Gothic scholar and literary critical theorist, here are some places where you may view and follow her academic work :
MLA Commons: https://mla.hcommons.org/members/anitahs/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CcJGBaUAAAAJ&hl=en