Biography

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Previously from New Jersey, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, Roger Topp lives in the boreal forest of Interior Alaska. He came north for the snow and the nightlife and received an M.S. in Physical Oceanography and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. At the extremes, he is a six-time Alaska state and one-time national champion fencer, winner of the Farthest North Fiction Contest, and a prize-winning slam poet. More typically, he directs museum exhibits and travels to photograph and write stories about research expeditions and fieldwork in Alaska, the circumpolar north, and well, the globe. The work has been funded by the likes of the Department of Commerce, BOEM, NASA, NEH, NEA, NSF, and National Geographic. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in ZYZZYVAThe Maine ReviewDunes Review, Into the Void Magazine, Circleshow, Crab Fat Magazine, The Coachella Literary Review, and Anomaly Literary Journal. More short work is forthcoming November 2018 and early spring of 2019 at Whiskey Island Magazine and the Bennington Review. He will complete his first book-length creative non-fiction manuscript this fall. To read and learn more, visit thewellandthewicked.com, @toppworld on Instagram, and @rmtopp on Twitter.