ɛlɛˈana kastrojˈani

nomadic subject :

writes speculative fiction from the margins of history and the far futures of the Capitalocene

immodest witness :

tells stories in spoken word to inspire radical hope on how to live on a damaged planet

constitutive outsider :

was born in Greece, is multiply queer and has a PhD in cultural geography



Writing has nothing to do with

meaning. It has to do with land surveying and

cartography, including the mapping

of realms yet to come.

— Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus


Eleanna Castroianni is a writer, poet and oral storyteller from Greece. A cultural geographer by training, Eleanna tells stories from the margins of history and the far futures of the Anthropocene. Their written work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Podcastle, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. They live in Athens, Greece, with a growing number of string instruments.

Eleanna opines on mixed migration, environmental justice, late capitalism and gender/queer stuff among other things at @nomadological and at their blog.


Artist Statement

Press kit








An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros, Fireside Magazine, Summer 2020

Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, April 2020


The Silent Flowers of the Magician’s GardenBeneath Ceaseless Skies, September 2018

A boy does not want to be a soldier; he wants to heal. Coming of age in a quiet world struck by the darkness of war. Words, listening, understanding. (fantasy, 3,300 words) e-book | audio


When We Find Our Voices, Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2018

Post-human bird-people are forced to save mankind from extinction. Contemplating gender, reproduction, duty and intimacy through the eyes of an agender, ace protagonist. Family, friendship, love, oppression and rebellion in a half-ruined world. (science fiction, 10,000 words) audio | Featured in X Marks the Story

The Athuran Interpreter’s FlightStrange Horizons, July 2018

How do you make an interpreter out of spare parts? Linguistic identity, embodied epistemology, environmental justice. Also, creepy tech. (science fiction, 3,600 words) audio | Locus recommendation | Featured in X Marks the Story

Without ExileClarkesworld Magazine, April 2018
Asylum lawyer and a poetry-loving AI try to grapple with home, memory, trauma, exile.
(science fiction, 6,300 words) print issue | e-book | audio
Greek Civil War, queer ladies, chatty entrails.


Darkness, Our MotherClarkesworld Magazine, December 2017
Minoan space opera-myth. Ariadne’s story retold with additional decadence, dysfunctional families, unconditional sibling love, spaceships and algebraic topology.

(sci-fantasy, 5,800 words) print issue | e-book | audio

Think of WinterBeneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2017
Little clairvoyant child lives alone in an abandoned cathedral. Everything goes wrong when the Knight arrives. Language and unlikely friendships in the shadow of colonialism.

(fantasy, 2,900 words) e-book | audio



KingfisherThe Stinging Fly, Winter 2018-19
Advice for Those who Wish to Know the Future, The Stinging Fly, Winter 2018-19
In my Fairy Mother’s Old AgePolu Texni, August 2018
All Dead Things Shall Come To MeLiminality, March 2018

A Planet’s Soliloquy in MidwinterEye To The Telescope, October 2017



Get in touch

e [dot] castroianni [at] gmail [dot] com