Alena Indigo Anne Sullivan, 26, holds a degree in Anthropology and is a student in the Stonecoast MFA program for Creative Writing. Alena is a fiction writer, poet, and visual artist who focuses on identity within narrative and the repeated cultural pattern formed by fairy and folk tales. Her most recent story, “Gorse Daughter, Sparrow Son,” originally published in Strange Horizons Magazine, will appear in Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017.
Alena lives with her spectacular boyfriend Bruce in the wilds of the North Georgia mountains with two cats, two caged birds, and a flock of perpetually screaming guineafowl. She studies under the mentorship of Theodora Goss (author of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Songs for Ophelia, The Thorn and Blossom, and In the Forest of Forgetting), James Patrick Kelly (author of Strange But Not a Stranger and over 100 other published stories and a columnist for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine), Jeanne Marie Beaumont (poet and author of Letters from Limbo and several other collections), and Amanda Johnston (poet and author of Guap, Lock and Key, and Another Way to Say Enter) in the Stonecoast MFA program, working to write stories and poems that provide agency to previously marginalized characters–both original figures (women, POC, LGBTQ*, and differently-abled characters) and figures of mythological or fairy tale fame (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Persephone, etc.). Alena combines her eclectic Neopagan upbringing with the adventurous attitude of a lifelong musician’s daughter, a child raised amid the sci-fi-tinted strangeness of various conventions and magical venues, to create a unique, lyrical voice that speaks for itself.
Alena’s short fiction and poetry work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Illumen, Urban Fantasy, Expanded Horizons, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere.