Nat's photo of me, Nov. 15, 2018 copyMonika B. Hilder is an author, teacher, and speaker who specializes in Fantasy and Children’s Literature with a particular focus on the writings of C.S. Lewis and other Inklings-related writers. She has published fiction, poetry, drama, articles, and a three-volume study of C.S. Lewis and gender: The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia (2012), The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy (2013), and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender (2013). Monika has also published on George MacDonald, Madeleine L’Engle, and L. M. Montgomery. She has a passion for educating the moral imagination through literature and writes about spirituality, gender metaphor, ethics, fairy tale, suffering and consolation, joy, imagery of Heaven, and celebrating one’s gifts. She has written children’s picture books, an inspirational book for creative artists, and a fictional book of letters on fairy tale. Monika has appeared on CBC Radio and has spoken at conferences across Canada, in the United States, England, Scotland, and Romania. She received her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. She is Professor of English at Trinity Western University and co-director of the Inklings Institute of Canada. And as the first Canadian-born member of her family, Monika explores the meaning(s) of homeland, the plight of the refugee, and identity—in short, the importance of story.