B.A., Lycoming College
M.F.A., Iowa State University
Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno
Assistant Professor of English
Phoebe Wagner is a writer, editor, and academic working at the intersection of climate change and speculative fiction. Her debut novel, A Shot of Gin (2023), is set in Reno, Nevada, and explores the trauma of nuclear testing on the environment. Her first novella, When We Hold Each Other Up (2023), focuses on two characters working to make their communities more sustainable and equitable in a post-apocalyptic world. A foundational voice in the solarpunk movement, she has edited three anthologies helping to solidify the genre: Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation (2017), Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures (2022), and Fighting for the Future: Cyberpunk and Solarpunk Stories (2023). Wagner’s academic research explores how the predictive futures unintentionally imagined in speculative fiction can inspire new systems of adaptation and transformation during the climate crisis. She is also an active participant in the speculative fiction community, holding membership to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, regularly presenting at the World Science Fiction Convention, and blogging about speculative literature at the Hugo-winning Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together. Follow her at phoebe-wagner.com or on Twitter: @pheebs_w.