Mike Allen (poet)

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Mike Allen
Born 1969

Mike Allen (born 1969) is an American editor and writer of speculative fiction and poetry. He currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

His short story "The Button Bin," published in the October 2007 issue of Helix SF, was a finalist for the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.[1] In 2015, his debut short story collection Unseaming was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for best single author collection.[2]

The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Allen as being "[a]mong the better-known practitioners of speculative poetry"[3] and said his poems "work best when his bizarre lyricism is put in the service of a scary and taut narrative."[3]

Allen has won the Rhysling Award for best speculative poem three times, in 2003, 2006, and 2007.[4] He served as President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association from 2004 to 2006.

He created the small press poetry journal Mythic Delirium in 1998.[5][6] 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, A.J. Odasso, 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.[7]

Allen also used Kickstarter to continue publishing Clockwork Phoenix, a fantasy fiction anthology series he began editing in 2008.[7][8][9] 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."[10]


Short story collections[edit]

  • Unseaming (Antimatter Press, 2014)
  • The Spider Tapestries: Seven Strange Stories (Mythic Delirium Books, 2016)

Poetry collections[edit]

As editor[edit]

  • 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)


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