Daniel José Older is the author of Half-Resurrection Blues (book one of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books) and the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015). Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. 

His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Olders’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music on Youtube and Twitter.



Recent News

  • Daniel José Older was named one of the 100 Most Influential People on Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
  • His YA Novel, Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire's 80 Books Every Person Should Read.
  • He recently judged the Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature and the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards.
  • Shadowshaper was nominated for both the Kirkus Prize and the Andre Norton Award.
  • Shadowshaper was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and named best of the year on numerous lists, including at Kirkus, ALA, SLJ, NPR and BuzzFeed.
  • The Bone Street Rumba series was optioned for film/TV by Anika Noni Rose.

Find out more at his website: http://ghoststar.net/.