(she/her, they/them)

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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


  • MFA, Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • BA, Oberlin College, 2011


Abbey Otis Chung is the author of the story collection Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beern, 2018). She loves people and art forms on the margins. She has studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas; the Clarion West Writers Workshop; and Oberlin College. As Abbey Mei Otis, she has recently published stories in journals including Tin House, Story Quarterly and Barrelhouse.

Her teaching and artistic interests include speculative fiction as written by and for queer and marginalized populations, the history of science fiction, oral storytelling forms, folklore, fairy tales, body horror, animal transformations, hybridity, cyborgology, the grotesque, narrative as visceral/sensory experience, insurrectionary lyricism, collaborative storyforms and games, interactive literature, hypertext, experimental video games, pulp and low culture, fan culture, critical pedagogy, and community teaching.

2013, James A. Michener Fellowship
2012, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Larry Neal Award for Fiction


2018, Alien Virus Love Disaster, Small Beer Press (forthcoming)


2018, “Rich People” Tin House (forthcoming)
2015, “Alien Virus Love Disaster” StoryQuarterly 48
2015, “Blood, Blood” (reprint) How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, Upper Rubber Boot Books
2015, “Party Doll Surprise Attack” Abundant Grace: A Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women, Paycock Press
2015, “Sex Dungeons for Sad People” Gargoyle
2014, “Teacher” Barrelhouse 13
2012, “Moonkids” Explosion Proof Magazine 5
2010, “Sweetheart” Tor.com
2010, “Blood, Blood” Strange Horizons



Amidst Fiction, Worlds Collide

October 24, 2018
The Creative Writing Program, along with Alumni in Service to Oberlin College, brought together Thisbe Nissen ’94 and Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Abbey Mei Otis ’11 to present their latest fiction writing to current students.