|Jay Sturner at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.|
UPDATE (June 18, 2015): I am currently on a hiatus from writing while I raise my son Garion (he's just over 5 months old). I now spend much of my free time leading nature hikes in East Tennessee, mostly around Knoxville and in the Great Smoky Mountains. At this time I do not know when or if I'll return to writing.
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I am a Midwesterner, born in Cook County, Illinois, and raised in small towns along the Fox River. My birth name was Jason Schlismann, but for personal reasons had my last name changed to Sturner. Everyone calls me Jay. In 2010 I relocated to East Tennessee.
After working several tedious jobs in my early years, which included positions in retail, warehouses, and factories, I got myself back to school and eventually got hired at an arboretum, where I worked as a herbarium manager and botanist. During this period I also spent time working at a wildlife center. Science and nature have always been very important in my life.
Creative expression and imagination have also been very important. And though known for having written love and nature-themed poetry in the past (including a few books), my current focus is on speculative fiction (horror, science fiction, and fantasy), of which I've long been a fan.
The first thing I ever got published was a short story called "The Dead Man Who Appears." That was 1998. Since then my work has appeared in such publications as Space and Time Magazine, Morpheus Tales, Star*Line, Aoife’s Kiss, Mythic Delirium, Tales of the Talisman, New Myths, and Liquid Imagination, among others. I don’t put much stock in contests or awards, but I was very happy to have been nominated twice for the Rhysling Award.
I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Lord Dunsany, Sherman Alexie, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Joseph Campbell, Oliver Sacks, and Hans Christian Andersen. Of poets, I enjoy Mary Oliver, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, and Sylvia Plath. There are many more.
Thanks for reading!
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