Adam Bolivar

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Adam Bolivar is a poet of dark fantasy, a weird fiction writer and a marionette playwright with a particular interest in balladry, alliterative verse, and “Jack” tales—a folkloric tradition dating back to medieval times that was preserved in isolated reaches of the Appalachian Mountains.

His collection of spectral ballads and weird Jack tales, The Lay of Old Hex, was published by Hippocampus Press in 2017. A collection of occult detective stories set in 1920s Boston, The Ettinfell of Beacon Hill, was released by Jackanapes Press in 2021. And a second volume of poetry, Ballads for the Witching Hour, is forthcoming from Hippocampus Press in 2022.

A marionette-maker, he has written and performed in several original marionette plays performed by puppet troupes in Boston, Berkeley, Portland and Salem, Oregon.

A native of gambrel-roofed Boston, Adam Bolivar currently resides in the gloomy dreamlands of Portland, Oregon with his beloved wife and golden-haired son.