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 centered on a trickster-hero that dates back to medieval times and 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, is due out from Jackanapes Press in 2021. A second collection of poetry, Ballads for the Witching Hour, is forthcoming from Hippocampus Press in 2022.

Adam has written and performed in several original marionette plays performed by puppet troupes in Boston, Berkeley, Portland and Salem.

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.