Midori Snyder is the author of nine books for children and adults, published in English, French, Dutch, and Italian. She won the Mythopoeic Award for The Innamorati, a novel inspired by early Roman myth and the Italian "Commedia dell'Arte" tradition. Other novels include The Flight of Michael McBride (a mythic western), Soulstring (a lyrical fairy tale), The Oran Trilogy: New Moon, Sadar's Keep, and Beldan's Fire (imaginary–world fantasy, recently re–published in Vikings's Firebird line), Hannah's Garden (a contemporary faery novel for young adult readers), and Except the Queen (a contemporary faery novel for adult readers, co-authored with Jane Yolen). Her short stories have appeared in numerous venues including The Armless Maiden; Black Thorn, White Rose; Xanadu III; Swan Sister; Borderland; and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her nonfiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy and other magazines, and in essay collections including Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales.
Midori is the daughter of Emile Snyder, a French poet who taught in the field of Contemporary African Literature, and Jeanette Snyder, an American scholar of Ethnomusicology and Central Asian studies whose speciality was Lahmo, Tibetan folk opera. Her grandmother, Jeanette Mahoney Westergaard, was a Hollywood script writer, while her Breton grandfather, Pierre Menagér, was a well–known sculptor and print maker who worked in Santa Fe and Taos in the 1940s and 1950s. Midori grew up amid visiting scholars, Beat poets, Indian and Tibetan musicians, African and French authors, and a small town population–worth of graduate students and professors. She has lived in university towns across the U.S., as well as abroad in Africa and Italy. She studied African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in African oral narrative traditions, although she finally received her M.A. degree (after raising two children) in English Literature and Literary Theory. Midori’s multicultural background gives her fiction its distinctive flavor, inspired by the myths, folkways, and cultures of peoples around the world.
In addition to writing, Midori was the co-director of The Endicott Studio and web designer of Endicott's Journal of Mythic Arts from 2003 to 2008, winning a World Fantasy Award for this work in autumn 2008. Midori has taught English at a Jesuit high school in Wisconsin; Creative Writing at the American School in Milan, Italy; and was the jury chairwoman for the 2007 James Tiptree, Jr. Awards. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Stephen Haessler.