Todd Mercer is an independent writer and editor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mercer won the first Woodstock Writers Festival’s Flash Fiction contest, a William J. Shaw Poetry Prize, the Grand Rapids Festival Flash Fiction Award, a National Writers Series Poetry Award and took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of the Kent County Dyer-Ives Poetry Prizes. His story “Because Hipsters” was read by actors at Liars’ League NYC. He judged the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and Independent Publisher’s Poetry Book of the Year contest. Mercer’s chapbook Box of Echoes, (2007) won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press contest, and a digital chapbook Life-wish Maintenance (2015) can be read free at Right Hand Pointing.
Mercer’s poetry and fiction appear in quality literary outfits such as: 50-Word Stories, 100-Word Story, Apocrypha & Abstractions, Bartleby Snopes, Blast Furnace, Blink Ink, The Camel Saloon, Cheap Pop, Cease, Cows, Crack the Spine, drafthorse, Dunes Review, East Coast Literary Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Eunoia Review, EXPOUND, Falling Star, The Fib Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Flash Frontier Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Gnarled Oak, Gravel, In-Flight Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Kudzu, The Lake, The Legendary, Literary Orphans, The Magnolia Review, Main Street Rag Anthologies, Melancholy Hyperbole, Midwestern Gothic, Misty Mountain Review, One Sentence Poems, Plum Tree Tavern, Postcard Poems and Prose, Postcard Shorts, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, SOFTBLOW Journal, Spartan, Split Lip Magazine, Star 82 Review, Two Cities Review. Mercer likes mean people, but hates long walks on the beach.