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Michael A. Arnzen is a college teacher by day and a horror writer by night. He has been educating novelists since 1999 as faculty in the Writing Popular Fiction graduate program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, where he is currently Chair of the Humanities. Arnzen's energetic workshops on genre fiction writing have been popular at Odyssey, Alpha, World Horror Convention, Context, Pennwriters and the Horror Writers Association's annual Stoker Weekend event. His often funny, always disturbing horror stories have won four Bram Stoker Awards, an International Horror Guild award, and several "Year's Best" accolades.
Michael A. Arnzen photo by Bruce Siskawicz
The best of his short work is collected in Proverbs for Monsters, which won the Stoker award in 2007. Always exploring new media, Arnzen has experimented with flash fiction (100 Jolts), musically-enhanced readings (Audiovile), short film (Exquisite Corpse), and twitter poetry before there was a twitter (Gorelets), in addition to his horror novels (Grave Markings, Play Dead). To see what he's up to now, subscribe to The Goreletter: an award-winning newsletter of the bizarre, hilarious, and pithy -- which features creative writing prompts for other writers of the strange -- available free at http://gorelets.com.
Heidi Ruby Miller is just a girl who writes stories where the relationship is as important as the adventure. She loves science fiction, high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, loud music, and of course, romance. She also teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The writing guide Many Genres, One Craft, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and her novel Ambasadora was her thesis there.
She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for a Frank Lloyd Wright house.
Heidi is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, Broad Universe, EPIC, SFR Brigade, and Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA). She lives in Pennsylvania with her writer husband Jason Jack Miller. Visit her online at http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.
Heidi Ruby Miller
Her fiction and non-fiction are in various print and online publications. Among them are: "The Islands of Hope" in Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy (Fantasist Enterprises Ed. by W. H. Horner), "The Surrender" in Best of Every Day Fiction 2008 (Ed. by Jordan Lapp, Camille Gooderham Campbell, and Steven Smethurst), “Mr. Johnson’s Boy” and "Sounds in the Jungle" in Eye Contact, MOON Pennsylvania Camping (with husband Jason Jack Miller for Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006), and PA Pursuits Magazine. Her novels AMBASADORA and ATOMIC ZION will be available in 2011. She is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Visit Heidi's weblog for news and inspiration.
To learn more about Seton Hill University's unique MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, visit http://fiction.setonhill.edu. A weblog of news about SHU writers is available on the WPF Livejournal and the Asylum of WPF Bloggers.