Dangerous Flora: An Evening of Surreal Botany

December 19, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Two Cranes Press presents A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, an anthology of fictional plant species that exist beyond the realm of the real, fully illustrated in gorgeous full-color by Janet Chui. The specimens contained herein—dutifully and, in some cases, painfully recorded by our keen-eyed assortment of contributing cryptobotanists, field researchers, and graduate assistants (laden with glass jars, magnifying glasses, and appropriate body armor)—will be presented in erudite detail by eight of our contributors.

Jason Erik Lundberg (co-editor/publisher) is an American expatriate living in Singapore, and the author of The Time Traveler’s Son (2008), Four Seasons in One Day (2003, with Janet Chui), and over forty articles and short stories. His short fiction has been honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, nominated for the SLF Fountain Award, and shortlisted for the Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction. With Janet Chui, Lundberg runs Two Cranes Press, an independent publishing atelier. A graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and the Creative Writing Master’s program at North Carolina State University, he now teaches English and creative writing at Hwa Chong Institution. His website and blog can be found at jasonlundberg.net.

Born in New Hampshire, Erik Amundsen (Waterbaby Cress, Nasturtium Charleskingsleni) has been a baker, itinerant schoolteacher, and potty-mouthed lefty pundit. He’s skated on the fountains in front of the Eifel Tower, gotten in bar fights in South China, and, taken in very broad terms, had a Very Interesting Life. Erik now lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four legged minions.

Writing weird things is not strange for Steve Berman (Esemtep, Unclassified). He has sold over eighty articles, essays, and short stories. His young adult novel, Vintage was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. He lacks a green thumb.

With academic credentials in botany and mycology best described as “sketchy,” John Bowker (Burning Bush Fungus, Encephalitozoon Elysium) has often been forced to find employment outside the field as a systems engineer and writer of equally sketchy fiction. Some of his less fungal stories have appeared in On Spec, Sex in the System, Sybil’s Garage and Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine.

Christopher M. Cevasco (Time Cactus, Chronocactus hematophageis) is editor/publisher of Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction. His own fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Static, The Leading Edge, Twilight Tales, Allen K’s Inhuman, and Lovecraft’s Weird Mysteries, among other venues. His poetry has appeared in StarLine and Dark Wisdom. Chris is a graduate of the 2006 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and of the 2007 Taos Toolbox workshop.

Kris Dikeman (Nightmare Lotus, Nymphae somnium maledictus) lives and works in New York City. Her stories have appeared in All Hallows, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Yellow Bat Review.

Susan Fedynak ((Floating) Armor of The Dark Blue Heart, Armorea Navum) is a writer based in Boston and New York. She grew up in Queens, NY where she encountered surreal examples of both flora and fauna.

Matthew Kressel (The Sembla, Spasmodicus plasticosa) lives in Brooklyn with a fecund array of tropical plants that whisper secrets to him while he dreams. His fiction has or will be appearing in the Ellen Datlow-edited anthology Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Farrago’s Wainscot, Abyss & Apex, Apex Digest, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and other markets. He runs Senses Five Press, which publishes Sybil’s Garage and Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy. His website is www.matthewkressel.net.

Livia Llewellyn (Teslated Salishan Evergreen, Cupressuceaohm salishan nikola) is a writer of horror, dark fantasy and erotica. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and currently lives in New Jersey. Livia’s a 2006 graduate of Clarion; and her fiction has appeared in ChiZine, Subterranean Magazine, Sybil’s Garage, PseudoPod, and several erotica and horror anthologies, including the recent Jack Haringa Must Die! She has work forthcoming in Apex Online and Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet.