When not writing poetry, David Kopaska-Merkel studies the diverse part of the Earth called Alabama. Kopaska-Merkel has written myriads of poems, stories, and essays since the 70s. He won the Rhysling award (Science Fiction Poetry Association) for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which the latest is Luminous Worlds, a collection of dark poetry from Dark Regions. Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986. Find him on Twitter as @DavidKM.