Cait Gordon (she/her)
(Please note: My first name is Irish, not English, and it’s pronounced like cat.)
Canadian speculative fiction author who advocates for disability, mental health, and neurodiversity representation.
Contact info: authorcaitg (at) gmail .com (See also the Contact page.)
Cait Gordon is a Canadian autistic, disabled, and queer author of speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. She also co-edited Nothing Without Us, a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for Best Related Work. When not fine-tuning manuscripts, Cait advocates for disability representation and is the founder of the Spoonie Authors Network.
Bio—100 words (option 1)
Cait Gordon is a Canadian autistic, disabled, and queer author of speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. Her short story, The Hilltop Gathering (We Shall Be Monsters, Ed. Derek Newman-Stille), features a disabled protagonist and was discussed at a symposium about Frankenstein at Carleton University. Cait also joined Talia C. Johnson to co-edit Nothing Without Us, which was part of a disability studies course at Trent University and became a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist. When not fine-tuning manuscripts, Cait advocates for disability representation and is the founder of the Spoonie Authors Network. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, Bruce.
Bio—100 words (option 2)
Cait Gordon is an autistic, disabled, and queer Canadian disability advocate who writes humorous speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. She is the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short stories appear in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland, We Shall Be Monsters, and Stargazers: Microtales from the Cosmos. Cait also founded The Spoonie Authors Network and joined Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology, a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist work whose authors and protagonists are disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or they manage mental illness. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, Bruce.
Cait (pronounced like ‘cat’) is an autistic, disabled, and queer Canadian disability advocate who writes humorous speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. Originally from Verdun, Québec, Cait worked for over two decades as a technical writer, then channelled her love for words into storytelling.
She is the author of the humorous space adventures Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short stories appear in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland (Ed. Colleen Anderson), We Shall Be Monsters (Ed. Derek Newman-Stille), and Stargazers: Microtales from the Cosmos (Eds. Paul Jarvey and Erin MacNab). The Hilltop Gathering from We Shall Be Monsters features a disabled protagonist and was discussed at a symposium about Frankenstein at Carleton University.
In 2016, Cait founded The Spoonie Authors Network to connect with writers in the disability community. Her desire to find better disabled and autistic representation in fiction prompted Cait to co-edit Nothing Without Us with Talia C. Johnson. The multi-genre anthology features authors and protagonists who are disabled, d/Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or they manage mental illness. Nothing Without Us was included in the syllabus of a disability studies course at Trent University and earned a 2020 Prix Aurora Award nomination.
Even though her works include issues about identity and human/alien/monster rights, Cait has always felt humour is an important part of world-building. “Without humour, it doesn’t feel realistic.”
Cait is also a musician who has been living in Ottawa with her guitarist husband, Canadian author Bruce Gordon, since 1998. She’s friendly, somewhat feisty, and really loves cake.
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Words of praise
“The manifesto of plucky editors Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson for this anthology was to gather great short stories that not only centre the disabled experience (all main characters are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, spoonie, and/or managing mental illness or chronic conditions), but also buck the tired tropes that dominate disabled representation.”CHERIE PYNE FOR THE MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS: CENTERING DIFFERENCES
“I think this is an important and significant book. Certainly memorable. You won’t forget what you’ve read when you put it down. This anthology deserves an Aurora Award, in my opinion. It’s that good.”R. GRAEME CAMERON FOR AMAZING STORIES: CLUBHOUSE: REVIEW: NOTHING WITHOUT US, A GENRE ANTHOLOGY ABOUT DISABILITY
“I’m a sucker for fiction, especially speculative and realistic fiction featuring stories where disabled people are the heroes of their own story. “Nothing Without Us” is a multi-genre, own-voices anthology where the lead characters identify as disabled, deaf, neurodiverse, spoonie, and/or managing mental illness. There’s something for everyone in these twenty-two stories that range the gamut from satirical to thrilling and suspenseful. The anthology has a vast contributor pool, which helps to spread out the many kinds of writing styles. The stories are evenly placed so you won’t get shocked because you’re suddenly jumping jarringly to a very different genre.”ROBERT KINGETT FOR NEWCITY ZINE: FOUR DISABILITY ANTHOLOGIES THAT ARE ACTUALLY AUTHENTIC: A REVIEW OF “ABOUT US,” “FIRSTS,” “NOTHING WITHOUT US” AND “DEFYING DOOMSDAY”
“With My Kind,” her contribution to Stargazers very much embodies that goal. It’s a micro-escape story which, in 185 words, balances hope and tragedy, horror and comedy, action and love all the while echoing the themes that drive Gordon’s work: the too-often underestimated spark and spirit of disabled people, as well as a direct subversion of the tired trope that “restructuring” is needed for some to fit into an ableist view of “normal”.AE SCIENCE FICTION ARTICLE ABOUT CAIT GORDON AND HER MICROFICTION ENTRY, WITH MY KIND
“Alice in Wonderland is a story that plays with identity, disrupting the power that normativity has on our society. Cait Gordon has tapped into that power that Wonderland has to resist normativity and creates a GenderQueer Alice who has just come out and taken on their new name and pronouns. It is refreshing to read a story featuring a GenderQueer character that is not about the struggles of occupying their identity.”DEREK NEWMAN-STILLE, FROM WONDERFUL, A REVIEW OF A NIGHT AT THE RABBIT HOLE IN SPECULATING CANADA
Nothing Without Us—a 2020 Prix Aurora Finalist for Best Related Work
AE Science Fiction interviews Cait Gordon about With My Kind—October 10, 2020
As part of the Kickstarter campaign for AE Science Fiction’s new collection of microfiction called STARGAZERS: Microtales from the Cosmos, Cait was interviewed about her contribution, With My Kind, and about writing disabled characters.
SF Canada: Interview with Cait Gordon About Advocating for Disabled Writers—September 3, 2020
Nine time Prix Aurora Award winner Derek Newman-Stille interviews Cait about disability representation, being an advocate, and maybe also cosplaying Barbies.
Speculating Canada: Authors in Quarantine – Cait Gordon—May 7, 2020
Nine-time Prix Aurora Award winner Derek Newman-Stille asks Cait how she is managing while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persephone Knits—May 25, 2019
Author and lovely human Julie Reeser interviews Cait about her author and advocacy life on PersephoneKnits.
The Art is Ours—August 16, 2017
Canadian Writers: Cait Gordon—by Kirsten McNeill on The Art is Ours.
Interviews—audio or televised
Spoonie Authors Podcast, Episode One: Exploring the Power of Disabled Authors with Cait Gordon—February 7, 2020
Canadian author Dianna Gunn, producer and director of the Spoonie Authors Podcast, interviews Cait about what it means to be a Spoonie and how disabled folks are represented in fiction and the media.
Rogers Daytime Ottawa—April 1, 2019
Dylan Black discusses the Nothing Without Us anthology and Kickstarter with Cait Gordon and Nathan Fréchette on Rogers Daytime Ottawa.
Live from Studio 5—March 29, 2019
Mike Ross and Joeita Gupta interview Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson about the Nothing Without Us anthology on Live from Studio 5 (March 29, 2019).
The Author’s Journey—February 12, 2018
Mony Dojeiji hosts Cait Gordon to discuss Life in the ’Cosm and The Spoonie Authors Network on The Author’s Journey (February 12, 2018)