Cislyn Smith is a speculative fiction author who likes playing pretend, playing games, and playing with words. She calls Madison, WI her home and enjoys the company of three cats, some humans, a few frogs, and an assortment of cool bacteria. Cislyn has been known to crochet tentacles, write stories and poems at odd hours, and gallivant. She is occasionally dismayed by the lack of secret passages in her house.

She has been published in Electric Velocipede,  Flash Fiction Online, Star*Line, and Cthulhu Haiku 2. She is currently a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine.

Most recently, she has started a collaborative art and writing project, CC: Otherworlds,  with Claire Whitmore. Cislyn and Claire pick a prompt from a hat fortnightly and then go off and create something weird and wonderful and send it off through the mail. They plan to do this for a year, and then make a book from the best of the fortnightly creations.