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Gunnels, Jen

Entry updated 19 February 2024. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Theatre.

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Working name of US author and genre Theatre critic Jennifer Sue Gunnels (1968-    ), who has also published relevant work under her birth name Jennifer Sue Balloon and her previous married name Jennifer Sue Moore; she has a doctorate in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book reviews began to appear in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction in 2008, and her sf theatre reviews have been a regular feature since 2010 of The New York Review of Science Fiction, of which she is theatre editor and drama critic, and for which she conducted a long, substantial Interview with Andrea Hairston (June 2011 New York Review of Science Fiction). Further review venues include the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts – where Gunnels guest-edited the Special Performance Issue (April 2014) – and Science Fiction Studies. Since January 2014 she has been with Tor Books, where until his death she was assistant editor to David G Hartwell.

With Erin Underwood she has edited the useful genre theatre anthology Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays (anth 2014), whose fifteen scripts include plays by Andrea Hairston, James Morrow, Mac Rogers and August Schulenberg, the last represented by DEINDE (2012). Jen Gunnels has contributed a number of entries on stage performances to the current edition of this encyclopedia. [DRL/JGu]

Jennifer Sue Gunnels

born Flint, Michigan: 13 March 1968

works as editor


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