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Lara Elena Donnelly is the Nebula, Lambda, and Locus-nominated author of The Amberlough Dossier. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, Nightmare, and Uncanny.

Lara is a graduate of the Clarion and Alpha workshops, and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the Catapult Workshop in New York.

Author of:

  • Base Notes, Thomas & Mercer (forthcoming February 2022)


Astonishing first novel!”

 World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner on Amberlough

Short Fiction

“[an] intricate, lush world”

Publishers Weekly, starred review for Amnesty


“Read it. It will change you. “

Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal on Armistice

Donnelly excels at complicated relationships, which provide her characters with real pathos as readers watch them struggle against society and their own expectations.”

Latest News

Baltimore Book Festival!

I’ll be at the Bmore Bookfest again this year, though this time it’s in November (1-3), not September! Alas, no sunshine. But also: ooh, no heatstroke! For more details, check out the website. I’ll be at the SFWA table, along with awesome folks like Jeffrey Ford, Andy Duncan, K.M. Szpara, Sarah Pinsker, Justina Ireland, and…

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I’m Teaching Again

Starting September 26, I’m teaching a Creative Writing 101 course at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan! We’re going to sharpen your craft skills. Or, perhaps, your gift of the blarney. Because what is fiction but tall tales, polished up to look respectable?

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Fantastic Fiction at KGB!

August in New York: no one is looking forward to it except for me. Because I’m reading at the KGB Fantastic Fiction series on August 21! Come hang out. Drink beers. Listen to stories. Have fun!

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