Hampton Roads Writers

Ken Poyner

Ken Poyner is a life-long Tidewater resident, and began his writing career in the mid-1970s. His published collections, so far, are:

  • Cordwood, poetry, 22 Press, 1985 (out-of-print)

  • Sciences, Social, poetry, Palanquin Press (USC-Aiken), 1995 (out-of-print)

  • Constant Animals, mini-fictions, Barking Moose Press, 2013

  • Victims of a Failed Civics, poetry, Barking Moose Press, 2016

  • The Book of Robot, poetry, Barking Moose Press, 2016

  • Avenging Cartography, mini-fictions, Barking Moose Press, 2017

  • The future of his unpublished recent poetry collection, “Nails, as the Hammer Sleeps”, and his unpublished under-construction mini-fiction collection, “The Revenge of the House Hurlers”, is under ponderous and contentious consideration.

    Ken’s poetry tends to be of the speculative sort, and even at times leans to science fiction. His poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Iowa Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Indiana Review, and about sixty other places.

    Ken’s fiction wanders from flash fiction to mini-fiction to almost full story size. It tends to the absurdist and at times creeps towards mythic realism, surrealism, or the Irreal. His prose has appeared previously in Café Irreal, Corium, Mobius, Tuck, Shoreline of Infinity, Menacing Hedge, and more than forty other places.

    Ken worked for 33 years as an information systems analyst, and is enjoying a raucous and wind-driven retirement. Examples of his work, and information with pictures on his powerlifting wife, can be found at www.kpoyner.com. His books can be obtained through links on his page, or on the page www.barkingmoosepress.com, or over at the ever-gigantic Amazon.

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