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David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Encounter While Waiting for Transport (by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and W. Gregory Stewart), poetry, Issue 26, March 1, 2014

David Kopaska-Merkel studies rocks and the holes in them for the State of Alabama. He lives with an artist and several tetrapods in an urban farmhouse. Kopaska-Merkel has published 1200+ poems, stories, and essays since the 70s. He won the Rhysling award (Science Fiction Poetry Association) for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which the latest is Luminous Worlds, a collection of dark poetry from Dark Regions ( Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986. DN website @DavidKM on twitter.

Get to know David...

Birthdate? Jan. 11, '57.
When did you start writing? Age 15
When and what and where did you first get published? A poem in Albemarle H.S. litmag, ~1973.
What themes do you like to write about? death, transformation, aliens & animals, personal misfortune, future technologies & their effects on people
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Walt Kelly's Pogo, for its whimsey; Tim Powers, PC Hodgell, & Roger Zelazny for inventiveness and taut story telling; Fritz Leiber for his ability to immerse the reader in a created world. Hundreds more have influenced me. Other than explicit shout-outs, the influences of others on my work isn't something from which I can tease out individual strands. 

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