I began wandering around outdoors, telling stories, and casting tiny wizard spells at age four, and basically haven’t stopped since, although my storytelling has taken different shapes over the years.
For a while, I thought I was going to be an opera singer, and I told stories on stage. Then I decided I was going to be a historian and started telling stories in my seminar papers, conference presentations, lectures, and, eventually, in my dissertation.
But all the while, I really wanted to write fiction–sharp, folkloric, funny, queer, magical, historical fiction. So, now I’m focusing on that, putting what I learned at Clarion West 2019 into action, building and inhabiting my beloved worlds.
My other loves include teaching, tea, PNW forest walks, anime, cooking, gardening, and running.
They/them pronouns, even if you’re just gossiping about me over tea.
EA Crawley is a PhD in Modern British History and Science and Technology Studies, an award-winning educator, and a 2019 graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Their love for text—archival, educational, and fantastic—has collided in a dissertation-turned-novel project that reveals how power brokers in late-19th-century England embedded gender within psychiatric practice and diagnosis, codifying and medicalizing toxic masculinity as “wellness.” The end goal of this work is to demonstrate that there is dismantling power in knowing where this restrictive, dangerous version of “wellness” came from, and to encourage new, expansive possibilities for gender, wellness, and historical method.