Writer in Residence
35 College Ave
Paul Blaney wears a variety of hats. His main vocation is as a fiction writer but he also works as a freelance journalist and, more recently, has turned his hand to teaching, editing and publishing. Born and raised in London, he has lived and worked in Lisbon, Hong Kong and Eugene, Oregon, and now lives in Allentown, PA (near Dorney Park) with his wife Karen. His short fiction has been published in anthologies from Pen & Inc, Fish Publishing, Biscuit Publishing, Social Disease, Litro and The Small Press Review. His awards include the Tom Gallon prize from the Society of Authors, and a prize from the Islamic Society of Great Britain. Longer works include three novellas. Most recently he completed a novel, Mister Spoonface, whose themes are modern fatherhood and the fertility business. In 2004, together with Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, Paul set up Tales of the DeCongested (www.decongested.com), a monthly, live, short-story reading event held at Foyles Bookshop in London's West End. The success of the event led to the foundation of a publishing company, Apis Books (www.apisbooks.com), which produced Tales of the DeCongested (a selection of some of the best stories read at Tales), Volume One, in 2006. In 2007 Apis published Two Tall Tales & One Short Novel.