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Lev Mirov has been writing stories since before he could write English characters, scribbling lines in notebooks and "reading" his stories back. The changling child of his family, he once wrote a book of poems as a birthday present and played music on the piano he heard in his dreams. A magic lamp once predicted he would bring peace to the world with his baked goods. As a teenager, he fell in love with the medieval world. He wrote two theses (one undergraduate, one masters) at Goddard College about gender, power, religion, and folk magic in the medieval world. As a newly minted magister, he spends most of his time at home with his wife, a historian who writes speculative fiction as India Valentin, writing, researching, reading, and converting recipes from around the world to be gluten-free.


Lev writes poems and stories about his dreams of dying, ghosts and what it means to love them, the people in history you have forgotten existed, magic that tastes like Ukrainian gold wine, being the Other, space as a fantastical realm of magic, ballet as religion, and the futures of people society hasn't had very much regard for. He has been published in Liminality Magazine.


Some ways that Lev identifies include: Filipino, Cherokee, third-generation American, mixed race, chronically ill, queer, genderweird, dandy. He has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and chronic pain associated with frequent joint dislocations and migraines, a complication of the condition. He lives on the east coast of the United States outside of Washington DC. His patron saints of inspiration include: Anna Akhmatova, JRR Tolkien, Erzuli Dantor, Denethor from Lord of the Rings, Dr James Barry, Dionysus Liberator, Rudolf Nureyev, St Katherine of Alexandria, and Laika, the first dog in space.


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speculative author - medievalist - poet


A 1000-word excerpt of an interview with author EP Beaumont about research and its impact on my storytelling and writing process.

A ghost story, about the ghosts you love and the ways you keep them with you.

My first professional published poem, 'A Broken Heart' is science-fantasy set in space, about war, genocide, and medicine.

My masters thesis, which explores the magical rituals of medieval folk Christianity as an important expression of lay piety. In addition to religious studies theory and primary source research, a historical narrative about a fictional medieval family helps imagine how rituals in and out of the Church interplayed to give structure, meaning, and agency to late medieval laity.

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