Bold Strokes Books authors Joel Gomez-Dossi, Jane Hoppen, Daniel W. Kelly, Jeremy Jordon King, Nora Olsen, and Andrew J. Peters read at the Bureau.
Joel Gomez-Dossi has done a lot of things in his life, and he’ll even admit to some of them. He started his career as a theater rat, stage-managing productions for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and other professional theaters across the country. He moved over to TV and became a producer and production manager for PBS, and the Emmy Award-winning series Newton’s Apple. When the series ended fifteen years later, he became a freelance writer, working for regional publications across the country and penning an entertainment column for the queer press that ran in twelve states. Now he practices the world’s second oldest profession: telling Stories. His first novel, Pursued, was published in December. Deadly Cult, his second, will be released in August. Joel and his husband live happily ever after in upstate New York.
Jane Hoppen grew up in Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Army, and has been settled in the New York City area for more than two decades. While working as a technical writer for the government and the software industry for more than twenty years, Jane has always done fiction and essay writing on the side and has been published in various magazines, including Room of One’s Own, Off Our Backs, Story Quarterly, The Dirty Goat, Western Humanities Review, Gertrude, PANK, Superstition Review, Thrice Fiction, Helix Magazine, Platte Valley Review, and others. She now focuses primarily on her fiction, and In Between is her first novel, to be published in December 2013.
Daniel W. Kelly is the author of the erotic horror collections Closet Monsters: Zombied Out and Tales of Gothotica and Horny Devils. His stories have appeared in erotic anthologies including Manhandled, Just the Sex, Dorm Porn, Bears, and Best Gay Erotica 2009. His short story “Woof” was awarded the first place honor in the bookpuppy.co.uk erotic writing contest in January 2006.
When not obsessing over his dogs (which is pretty much always), Daniel is a pop culture junkie, stimulating his ADHD by listening to music with a thumping beat and a catchy chorus, playing video games that involve blasting the heads off zombies, and watching bad horror movies in search of scenes featuring hot men. He also writes excessively about these subjects on his website: danielwkelly.com.
Jeremy Jordon King grew up in Southern New Jersey, where his primary life goal was to become a mermaid. When that proved impossible, he decided the next best thing would be to move to New York City and study theater at Marymount Manhattan College. He lived an actor’s life for several years before he began writing. Besides fiction, he dabbles in essays, screen/playwriting, and illustration. He lives in Manhattan.
Nora Olsen is the author of YA novels The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World and Swans & Klons. She was born and raised in New York City and now lives in the Hudson Valley. Her short fiction has appeared in Collective Fallout and the anthology Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction.
Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist, particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. His début novel The Seventh Pleiade (upcoming from Bold Strokes Books) is about a gay teen who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis. His paranormal fantasy series Werecat was released in May 2013 from Vagabondage Press. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat Chloë. For more about Andrew and a blog about queer media and fantasy, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com/