Teresa Nielsen Hayden is a SF editor, fanzine writer, essayist, and teacher. She is a consulting editor for Tor Books and has also worked for Federated Media Publishing, where in 2007 she revived the comment section for the blog Boing Boing. She has also been Managing Editor at Tor.
Born Teresa Nielsen, she grew up in a Mormon household in Mesa, Arizona. She added Hayden to her name upon marrying the former Patrick Hayden in 1979 (he also took her name, becoming Patrick Nielsen Hayden.) The two of them were active members of SF fandom and collaborated on various fanzines, including the award-winning Izzard. She has also been active as a con-running fan, having worked on a variety of committees. She has been a member of the Fanoclasts, Babel-17, NESFA, and Vanguard.
In 1985, she and her husband were Trans Atlantic Fan Fund delegates to Europe for Eastercon. Over the next few years, the Nielsen Haydens published at least three TAFF trip reports (Taffluvia and two others). From 1985 to 1989, she served on the editorial board of The Little Magazine, a poetry magazine and The New York Review of Science Fiction.
In 1994, a collection of her essays, Making Book, was published by NESFA Press.
Other fanzines and apazine published: Tetrazini, one issue of Ted White's Letters from Prison, Life Sentence, Telos, Zed, Killing Time, Fanthology 1981, Science Fiction Five Yearly. She has been a member of the following APAs: OASIS
- 1984 Best Fan Writer Hugo
- 1984 Best Fanzine Hugo Izzard
- 1989 Best Semiprozine Hugo
- 1991 Best Fan Writer Hugo
- 1995 Best Non Fiction Book Hugo Making Book
Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1981 — Pong Poll #1 Fan Face
- 1984 — Corflu 3
- 1985 — TAFF GoH at Eastercon 1985
- 1986 — CGoH at Corflu 5
- 1988 — SF Chronicle Award for best Fan Writer, Best Fanzine
- 1989 — Minicon 24
- 1991 — Westercon 44
- 1993 — SciCon
- 1994 — Boskone 31
- 1997 — Minicon 32, Orycon 19
- 1998 — Fellow of NESFA
- 2000 — WindyCon XXVII
- 2003 — Skylark Award
- 2005 — Capclave 2005, ConDFW IV
- 2007 — Toastmaster at ConQuesT 38
- 2009 — Toastmaster at Fiestacon
- 2010 — SFContario 1
- 2013 — FenCon X, ConQuesT 44