Alena Indigo Anne Sullivan, 27, holds a degree in Anthropology and an MFA from the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing (with cross-genre concentrations in poetry and popular fiction.) 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 story, “Gorse Daughter, Sparrow Son,” originally published in Strange Horizons Magazine, recently appeared in Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, published by Prime Books.
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 (13 of which are currently living in her guest bathroom.) None of these animal sidekicks help her get dressed in the morning. Some of them actively protest and undermine her getting dressed in the morning, in fact.
Alena has studied under the mentorship of Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness, The Circle of Magic, and many other YA series), 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), 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, Baba Yaga, 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 have appeared in Strange Horizons, Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Goblin Fruit, Illumen, Urban Fantasy, Expanded Horizons, Luna Station Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and her work has been included in their newsletter publication, Star*Line.