Previously from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Yorkshire, Roger Topp received an M.S and M.F.A. from the University of Alaska. He is a six-time state and one-time national champion fencer, winner of the Farthest North Fiction Contest, and a prize-winning slam poet. By day, he directs museum exhibitions and travels to write and photograph research fieldwork funded by the likes of the NSF and National Geographic. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared recently in The Maine ReviewDunes ReviewInto the Void MagazineWest BranchAndromeda SpacewaysBennington Review and other journals and magazines.