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Author of 16 novels, 6 nonfiction books, several plays & play adaptations, and editor of some 40 fantasy, mystery and theatre anthologies, for which he has won the 2006 World Fantasy Award as best anthologist, Marvin Kaye currently is editor of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. He recently purchased Weird Tales magazine and is its copublisher and editor. He has published books through his imprint, Marvin Kaye’s Nth Dimension Books, a division of Wildside Press. His column, Marvin Kaye's Nth Dimension, currently appears online at http:/​/​spaceandtimemagazine.com.

A native of Philadelphia, he lives in New York, where he is (retired) Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at NYU, Artistic Director for The Open Book, New York’s oldest readers theatre company, and until recently, did improvisational comedy at the Jekyll & Hyde Club, where he appeared as Mr. Cornelius Shroud, head butler and majordomo to Dr. Jekyll. He is a Standardized Patient at Mt. Sinai Hospital (yes, the job Kramer once had on "Seinfeld.")

CAREER OVERVIEW

"My career followed 3 interrelated courses:

1) writing and editing fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, and a popular series of fiction and theatre anthologies;

2) cofounding and directing The Open Book, New York's oldest professional readers theatre company, its 30th anniversary in the year 2005;

3) teaching creative writing, with special emphasis on freeing and developing the creative imagination.

"In 1962, after receiving an advanced degree in theatre and English literature from The Pennsylvania State University, I was a reporter for a national newspaper, Grit. In 1965, I moved to New York and became a senior editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, publishers. In 1970, I sold my first novel and first nonfiction book and became a full-time freelancer, writing (to date) fifteen novels, a collection of short fiction, six nonfiction books, a long series of anthologies, and several plays.

"I've judged national literary competitions, including poetry (People's Voice Press); the Nero Award for Best American Mystery Novel, which I coordinated for 3 years as chairman of a judging committee consisting of such critics as Marilyn Stasio and Robin Winks, and Barbara Stout, daughter of Rex Stout; the "Edgar" award in the Mystery Writers of America’s media category. For 15 years I was chief judge for Writers On Stage, an annual series of authors readings at Lincoln Center. For 8 years, I headed the judging panel with John Jakes, Mary Stuart, and others, for a national readers theatre play competition cosponsored by The Open Book and Doubleday's Stage & Screen Book Club. In 2000, I was a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.

"I cofounded The Open Book in 1975 as an ensemble of educators, performers and writers devoted to extending the parameters of literacy by presenting a wide range of new and/​or under-appreciated literature of all genres to the Greater New York community.

"For nearly 30 years, I've served NYU as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, and am proud of the number of my students whose work later was published.

"In 1999, I served as guest lecturer of the mystery genre at a seminar held in England by the Smithsonian Institute.

"As a teacher, I have always opposed the concept of talent as a mysterious unteachable gift. I employ theatre games to free and develop the creative imagination, and am gratified at the twofold results of this approach: 1. Every year at NYU, an average of two to three students sold short stories, novels, children's books, poems, and at least one major screenplay. 2. Adapting my approach for children, in association with Kathleen C. Szaj, we established an Open Book educational outreach program, "Growing A Story," a program that taught hundreds of children the basics of creativity.

"For many years I was the New York coordinator at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation for BookPALS, a national literacy program directed by Mary Stuart, late star of the long-running TV daytime drama, 'Search for Tomorrow.'

"In what Tom Lehrer might call 'my copious spare time,' I am a reiki master, craniosacral and lymph drainage therapist."