David C. Kopaska-Merkel

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

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. 

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 (http://www.amazon.com/Luminous-Worlds-David-C-Kopaska-Merkel/dp/193712892X/). Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986. DN website http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/. @DavidKM on twitter.