The Horror Writers Association, the world’s premiere resource for horror writers, announced the winners of the 2016 round of scholarships.
““We believe these recipients represent the future of the horror genre, and we’re very proud to be able to assist them in reaching their educational and professional goals,” said Lisa Morton, Horror Writers Association President. “We’d also like to thank the Authors Coalition for giving us the financial ability to set up these scholarships, and the Aeroflex Foundation for helping to fund the Rocky Wood Scholarship.”
Carina Bissett won the HWA Scholarship worth $2,500. She is a writer, poet, and educator working primarily in the fields of speculative fiction and interstitial art. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at Stonecoast and teaches a course on science fiction fairy tales at The Brainery. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in multiple journals and anthologies including the Journal of Mythic Arts, Mythic Delirium, NonBinary Review, Timeless Tales, and The Horror ‘Zine.
Karen Bovenmyer won the Mary Shelley Scholarship also worth $2,500. She writes dark fantasy and disturbing science fiction poems and stories. Bovenmeyer earned degrees in creative writing from Iowa State University (BS, MA) and the University of Southern Maine (MFA) and her work has been originally published or reprinted in more than twenty different publications. She serves as the nonfiction editor for Escape Artist’s Mothership Zeta Magazine and narrates stories for Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Far Fetched Fables, Star Ship Sofa and the Gallery of Curiosities Podcasts.
John Reinhart earned the Dark Poetry Scholarship worth $1,250. His poetry has been published in several outlets both in print and online. His chapbook, encircled, is available from Prolific Press, and another, Horrific Punctuation, is due out later this year from Tiger’s Eye Press.
James Anderson and Kevin Wetmore both received the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-Fiction Writing. Anderson teaches writing and literature, and occasionally, science fiction, at Johnson & Wales University’s Miami campus. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, where he wrote his dissertation on H.P. Lovecraft, and his B.A. and M.A. from Rhode Island College. He has published fiction and nonfiction in a number of magazines and journals, including Fangoria, Lovecraft Studies, Studies in Weird Fiction, and Crypt of Cthulhu. He is the author of Out of the Shadows: a Structuralist Approach to Understanding the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, and The Illustrated Ray Bradbury: a Structuralist Reading of Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man”, both published by Wildside Press. His latest critical study Stephen King’s Truth Within the Lie: a Critical Study of America’s Favorite Boogeyman has been accepted for publication by McFarland Press.
Wetmore is an award-winning short story writer and professor at Loyola Marymount University where he teaches horror theatre and horror cinema, among other subjects. He is also the author of Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of their Times (McFarland) and Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum), as well as a contributor to numerous anthologies, including the Stoker-nominated Horror 201: The Silver Scream (Crystal Lake) and numerous magazines and scholarly journals including Rue Morgue, Horror Studies, Postscript and Gothic Studies.
For more information about the Horror Writers Association, visit its website at http://horror.org/.