Mike Allen (poet)
Allen is married to Anita Allen, with whom he runs Mythic Delirium Books. In his day job, he is a news reporter and arts and culture columnist for a daily newspaper in Roanoke, Virginia, where he currently lives.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Allen as being "[a]mong the better-known practitioners of speculative poetry" and said his poems "work best when his bizarre lyricism is put in the service of a scary and taut narrative."
Published biannually, the journal has included poems by authors such as Suzette Haden Elgin, Neil Gaiman, Theodora Goss, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Darrell Schweitzer, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente, Ian Watson, and Jane Yolen. In 2013, Allen used the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to convert Mythic Delirium to a quarterly digital journal that publishes fiction and poetry. Allen closed the journal in 2018 after publishing 20 digital issues and 50 issues overall. For his work on Mythic Delirium, Allen was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2019.
Strange Horizons called the first crowdfunded volume, Clockwork Phoenix 4, a look into "the future of publishing, in which a crowd-sourced publication from a very small press can produce, and can present professionally and beautifully, work which is at the height of what is being written in genre."
Allen's short story "The Button Bin" was a finalist for the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. In 2015, his debut short story collection Unseaming was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for best single author collection. In 2017, an anthology he edited, Clockwork Phoenix 5, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for best anthology.
Short story collectionsEdit
- Unseaming (Antimatter Press, 2014)
- The Spider Tapestries: Seven Strange Stories (Mythic Delirium Books, 2016)
- Disturbing Muses (Prime Books, 2005)
- Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (Wildside Press, 2006)
- The Journey to Kailash (Norilana Books, 2008)
- Hungry Constellations (Mythic Delirium Books, 2014)
- The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (with Roger Dutcher, Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2005)
- Mythic (Mythic Delirium Books, 2006)
- Mythic 2 (Mythic Delirium Books, 2006)
- Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Norilana Books, 2008)
- Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Norilana Books, 2009)
- Clockwork Phoenix 3: New Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Norilana Books, 2010)
- Clockwork Phoenix 4 (Mythic Delirium Books, 2013)
- Mythic Delirium (with Anita Allen, Mythic Delirium Books, 2014)
- Mythic Delirium: Volume Two (with Anita Allen, Mythic Delirium Books, 2015)
- Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Mythic Delirium Books, 2016)
- "Epochs in Exile: A Fantasy Trilogy" (co-authored with Charles M. Saplak), Rhysling Award, Best Long Poem, 2003 (winner)
- "The Strip Search," Rhysling Award, Best Short Poem, 2006 (winner)
- "The Journey to Kailash," Rhysling Award, Best Long Poem, 2007 (winner)
- "The Button Bin," Nebula Award, Best Short Story, 2008 (nominee)
- Unseaming, Shirley Jackson Award, Best Collection, 2014 (nominee)
- Clockwork Phoenix 5, World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology, 2017 (nominee)
- World Fantasy Award, Special Award—Non-professional, for Mythic Delirium, 2019 (nominee)
- Allen, Mike. "Descent into Light: Mike Allen’s Home Page. About Mike Allen."
- Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen, PopMatters.com; accessed June 6, 2017.
- "Reporter was Nebula contender", Roanoke.com, May 3, 2009
- "The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984–1998", locusmag.com; accessed June 6, 2017.
- Defying the Traditional Model: Crowdfunding in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, PublishersWeekly.com, November 21, 2014
- Mythic Delirium Closes locusmag.com, April 18, 2018; accessed August 4, 2019
- 2019 World Fantasy Awards Finalists locusmag.com, July 25, 2019; accessed August 4, 2019
- Internet Science Fiction Database
- An Interview with Mike Allen, Editor of the Excellent CLOCKWORK PHOENIX Anthology Series, sfsignal.com; accessed June 6, 2017.
- Clockwork Phoenix 4 Archived June 7, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, strangehorizons.com, July 2014.
- The Button Bin
- 2008 Nebula Award Ballot
- 2014 Shirley Jackson Award nominee and winner list, locusmag.com; accessed June 6, 2017.
- 2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists, locusmag.com; accessed July 28, 2017.
- The Locus Index to SF Awards, sfadb.com; accessed June 6, 2017.
- Official website
- Mike Allen at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- A Conversation with Mike Allen at The Mumpsimus
- Twisting Paths: An Interview with Mike Allen at Virginia Libraries
- Weird Fiction Review | Mike Allen's Unsettling Collection "Unseaming"
- Mike Allen: The Allure of the Forbidden
- Postscripts to Darkness Author Interview: Mike Allen