An aether compactor by trade, David Kopaska-Merkel began writing poetry after witnessing the Ascension of Tim. He won the Rhysling award for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which the latest is SETI Hits Paydirt (Popcorn Press). Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986. You can reach him via email.