|Jay Sturner at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.|
I'm originally from the Midwest, born in Chicago and raised along the Fox River at the edge of urban sprawl. I've also lived near the Smoky Mountains in 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 aspects of 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), I spent a number of years writing 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 a variety of publications such 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 honored 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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