Greetings friends, foes, and undecided!

I’m Avi Silver, a queer, nonbinary author of OwnVoices, character-driven speculative fiction. I believe in building worlds that interrogate and challenge the systems we take for granted, and offer space to explore marginalized experience without retraumatizing readers. I also like giant lizards and the inimitable “but there was only one bed!!!” trope, though probably not at the same time.

What do you write, though?

You can find me wrangling said lizards over at The Shale Project with my partner Sienna Tristen. Come explore the shared world we describe as “a multimedia storytelling initiative roughly in the shape of a planet”!

My YA fantasy novel Two Dark Moons, was published through Shale in 2019, and the second book in the Sãoni Cycle is currently deep in the editing stage. Current world events depending, it is likely due out in early 2021. If you’re feeling hungry for more of my Shale fiction, make sure to check out the (now completed!) web serial, Tales from a Library, or join us on Patreon for monthly musings.

Outside of Shale, I have a short story forthcoming in Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology. “A Full Deck” is a demon-hunting love letter to my ace friends, sent with a platonic kiss by my bisexual, arospec nightmare selfI can’t wait for it to be out in the world!

Do you like…do other stuff?

Yes, actually! When I’m not writing, I spend a good deal of my time editing. My freelance page is currently under construction, so please bear with me. If you’re curious, my editing practice also includes diversity/sensitivity reading for the following marginalizations:

  • Queer and nonbinary identities
  • Aromanticism (but not necessarily asexuality!)
  • Jewish identity
  • ADHD representation
  • Motor tic disorders
  • Mental illness, particularly PTSD, c-PTSD, anxiety, and depression

Outside of book-related excitement, you can find me shouting about my favourite dating sims, cross-stitching FFVII characters, perfecting my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and playing the baby harp.

Third Person Bio

Avi Silver is a queer, nonbinary author of the Sãoni Cycle (Two Dark Moons, sequel forthcoming in 2021). They are also co-creator of The Shale Project, an award-winning indie arts collective roughly in the shape of a planet. Their short fiction can be found in the Common Bonds anthology and the web serial Tales from a Library. When Avi isn’t writing, you can find them playing their baby harp, destroying the gender binary with all due flair, and perfecting their chocolate chip cookie recipe. Find them complaining about rent prices in Toronto, or on twitter @thescreambean.