Karen Bovenmyer has published ~20 speculative stories and poems in various online and print venues. She serves as the Nonfiction Assistant Editor of Escape Artistsâ€™ Mothership Zeta Magazine.
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as an assistant editor at Escape Artists, who are known for the pro-paying Mothership Zeta Magazine and EscapePod, PodCastle, Pseudopod and Cast of Wonders podcasts. She has also narrated stories for Strange Horizons, Star Ship Sofa, Gallery of Curiosities, and Far Fetched Fables. Her first novel, SWIFT FOR THE SUN, an LGBT romantic pirate adventure set in the 1820s Caribbean, debuted from Dreamspinner Press in March 2017. She is the Horror Writers Association 2016 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship awardee and her poetry has been nominated for the Dwarf Stars and Rhysling Awards by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Her short fiction has earned an honorable mention from Ellen Datlow for Year’s Best Horror and placed as a finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest. Karen’s poetry, short stories, and novellas have appeared in more than 40 publications, including Abyss and Apex, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Crossed Genres, Gamut Magazine, Pseudopod, and Strange Horizons.