Misha Nogha interviewed at Weird Fiction Review by Marc Laidlaw


Walk the Red Road

Walk the Red Road,
Misha Nogha, teksteditions ,
Paperback, ISBN 978-1-927367-27-8: $18.95, Electronic, ISBN 978-1-927367-29-2: $12.00
Cover photo (neolithic petroglyph) by Jeff Pedersen. Interior illustrations by Ferret.

From Prayers of Steel, the stories vibrate with cyberpunk intensity, combining fragility and violence, displaying an underworld of dystopian imaginings. The stories and prose poems from Ke-Qua-Hawk-As remind us of our true human creature selves and our natural heritage through vibrant language, signaling a hyper-reality woven from dream states, mythical places, and animal avatars. Two volumes in one, Walk the Red Road collects all the short stories and prose poems originally released in Misha Nogha’s two previous collections of fiction.

"The prose poem Walk The Red Road is great stuff and deserves to be read aloud. It compares quite favorably to The Walls Of Emerald by Li Chiang Yen, a Chinese poet of the late Tang period." - Brian Aldiss

“Misha’s writing is like Jack Kerouac on rollerskates.” —KW Jeter

magpies ans tigers

MAGPIES & TIGERS, Misha Nogha, Wordcraft of Oregon , LLC: Original trade paperback, $10, black ink/colored coverstock, perfectbound, 5.5 X 8.5, 84 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-877655-49-4, 1-877655-49-X, LCN: 2007930088
Cover art by Jessica Soo Hyun Ni, Cover design by Katherine James,

Interior digital art by Michael Chocholak

Unsurprising in one whose love for nature rises from the very center of the earth, there is a sharp, angry edge for those who would defile the natural beauty of of the world.  In her "Jaguar Moon" one of the most chilling and provocative poems in the volume, a computer game like Amazon Trail blurs into magical realism where a demi-godlike jaguar warns, "Adios Corporate Consumosaurs! I emailed your memento mori/ when I sent your programmers to picnic/ in the nanoforest"  ... "as the jungle juice runs down your chins/ while you drink it fresh in your mourning cups /  Burn the jungle and burn me/ I lap the red river at your virtual threshold."  Above all, these are powerful conjure poems, some of the best speculative work I have read this year." - Sandra Lindow, Star*Line

“Misha Nogha’s poetry is like the good parts of life—and the good parts of life are often the most dangerous parts, if you’re paying attention. Most people are uneasily aware they’re gradually losing touch with something vital—Misha’s poetry will put you back in touch with that vitality.” - John Shirley, The Other End and Living Shadows

“Misha Nogha knows not only the animal without but the animal within, and her words sing with this mystery.”
- Annette Curtis Klaus, Blood and Chocolate and The Silver Kiss

“Misha Nogha’s writings are a kaleidoscope of haunting images. As one poem says, “all realities are spoken here.” Small flashes of color reveal the wild immanence of nature; the image of a trotting wind-horse calls up the wideness of the world. Traveling territories seen and unseen, this poetry by a postmodern metaphysician speaks to readers in discordia concours of spectacular wordplay.” - Carol McGuirk, Florida Atlantic University,
Co-Editor of Science Fiction Studies

“A true shaman of the written word, Misha Nogha reminds us of our true human creature selves and our natural heritage through vibrant language, signaling a hyper-reality woven from dreamstates, mythical places, and animal avatars.” - Richard Truhlar, The Hollow and Parisian Novels

red spider white web

Red Spider White Web (1999 novel... Wordcraft of Oregon , US, cover by Joey Zone , ISBN: 1-877655-29-5)

available from Wordcraft of Oregon or Amazon.com

Red Spider White Web (1990, novel... Morrigan Publications, England, cover and art by Ferret , Trade Edition ISBN: 1 870338 85 5, Special Edition ISBN: 1 870338 90 1) out of print

  Winner of the 1990 ReaderCon Award and finalist for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

"Misha's Red Spider White Web is, quite simply, everything cyberpunk should have been but wasn't, everything contemporary techno-dystopias should be but aren't. Instead of middle-class white men struggling with their love-hate relationships with dangerous but beautiful cybertoys, Misha offers society's most disenfranchised victims struggling for survival against the technotopic juggernaut. Instead of cyberpunk's typical anti-heroic misogynist-nerd, she gives us a feral female artist struggling to create something meaningful and lasting in a world established to destroy and dispose of her. The book is bleak, intense, and more accurate in its critique of contemporary U.S. culture's cruelty and ignorance than any book I have ever read." - Dr. Elyce Helford, Editor/Author, Enterprise Zones

"Misha's importance and distinctiveness are beginning to be noticed, there's beginning to be some kind of rip-tide here that will soon become a wave of recognition for a book that the world is beginning to catch up to... We weren't ready before. We'd better be ready now. Because it's the 21st century, any minute now, and that means that Misha's time has come. In more ways than one." - John Shirley

"We belong to an age where apocalypse is our daily bread, coffee's black, and we know we're part of the abyss. Red Spider White Web is right on target in conveying that understanding. It splinters in the mind... the underworld of the century's imaginings." - Brian Aldiss

"Red Spider White Web is startlingly visual... Its pages reveal a series of starkley painted images that go to work on your mind like the pictures on a tarot deck." - James Blaylock

"Imagine Arthur Rimbaud writing cyberpunk and you'll have some idea of what to expect. Misha plunges you into a nightmare near future without explanation, without warning. If you're looking for escapism, this is not the book for you." - Henry W. Targowski

"Visceral, unrelenting, and achingly lyrical, Red Spider, White Web is arguably the greatest cyberpunk novel ever written. At the same time, calling this novel "cyberpunk" doesn't quite do it justice. As with any work that transcends categorization, one of the ways it achieves this high level of quality is through unpacking and, when necessary, destroying the very tropes that buoy the more traditional cyberpunk novel... Reading this novel is like driving across a burning bridge — there is little time to breathe, and yet once on the other side, you realize you're never going to forget the experience." - Alan DeNiro

""The writing is a wonderful mix of fragility and violence, kind of a cross between Janet Frame and William S. Burroughs." - Craig L. Gidney


Ke-Qua-Hawk-As (spring 1994, prose poems, short fiction...Wordcraft of Oregon , US, cover and art by Ferret , ISBN: 1-877655-13-9) out of print

"Her prose flashes knifelike or glows cooly depending on what kind of fire she wants to emit." - Michael Bishop

prayers of steel

Prayers of Steel
(1988, short fiction...Wordcraft of Oregon , US, cover and art by Ferret ) out of print

"Misha's writing sounds like barbed wire being dragged across a raft of hydroelectric wire." - Conger Beasley, Jr.

"As far as I know Misha wrote the first cyberpunk poetry." - John Shirley

ihokas cure

Dr Ihoka's Cure (1993, non-fiction, Pezmantle Publications, USA, cover by Richard Schindler ) out of print

"As a layman I wasn't quite familiar with new breakthroughs in RNA/DNA manipulation not to mention Ihoka's highly technical jargon laced with esoteric medical terminology. However, with Misha's testimonials as well as those of other Ihoka patients I began to piece together a rather appalling picture of what Ihoka was driving at. His controversial and amoral uses of gene splicing seemed to suggest a Brave New Moreauvian nightmare". --Mary Denning (in Science Fiction Eye , Issue 13, Spring 1994).

In Progress

Yellowjacket (novel)  Hear the soundtrack highlights at Soundclick

Alruna (fantasy novel)

Jack Jinx (novel... prequel to YellowJacket)

The Bell Factory (novel... sequel to Red Spider White Web)

Boneseed (prose & photography with Alex Wright)


walking the clouds
Walking the Clouds
An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction

includes an excerpt from Red Spider White Web

In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions.
272 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 2012
Paper (978-0-8165-2982-7)

"Dillon’s superb anthology, the first devoted to indigenous SF, highlights long-overlooked authors alongside better-known figures such as Nalo Hopkinson and Leslie Marmon Silko. Every piece is a perspective twister and a thought inducer built on solid storytelling from ancient and newer traditions, and the anthology will encourage readers to further investigate indigenous speculative works." —Publishers Weekly
"Don’t read these because they’re stories by Native American writers. Read them because they’re damn good stories by damn good writers." —Charles de Lint

"Walking the Clouds offers a history and shows the state of the art of science fiction from the other side--from the Indigenous and the colonized, the dispossessed and the genocided. It shows that it is long past time for the genre to uncircle the wagons and attend to those who have already survived the apocalypse." --Dr. Mark Bould, founding co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television Journal

available from The University of Arizona Press
or Amazon

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction

includes Chippoke Na Gomi.

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction features over a 150 years’ worth of the best science fiction ever collected in a single volume. The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today.

"No institutional library should be without this truly phenomenal volume, and non-academic readers will greatly appreciate the bargain-basement price on the trade paperback edition."—Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent collection of one of world literature’s greatest treasure troves: the science fiction short story in English. The stories form a kind of history of the genre, and are a continuous reading pleasure.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt

“The key word here is megatext. The Wesleyan Anthology presents the best sample from today's sf megatext—the ‘fictive universe that includes all the sf stories that have ever been told,’ as the Wesleyan's editors neatly put it—that I could imagine fitting between two covers. Every story feels necessary to the whole. And the whole is a lure for readers, for teachers who want to inspire their classes, for all of us who care about understanding the turbulent world about us.”—John Clute, editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

available from Wesleyan University Press
or Amazon

The 2008 Rhysling Anthology

Jaguar Moon and Valadinne the Renegade

Mythic, speculative, macabre, science fictional, weird, fantastic, dystopian, dark, cosmic, magical, surreal, astrological, elfin, supernatural, futurist, spiritual, horrific, mystical, astronomic, grotesque, ethereal, folkloric, utopian, scientific, terrifying, starry, spectral-regardless of the differences in their emphases, the 96 poems published in this, the 31st-annual RHYSLING ANTHOLOGY, have two things in common: in privileging the imagination, they explore realms and ideas that hover outside the confines of our largely rational and empiric daily realities; and of all such poems published in 2007, the explorations undertaken herein are the most innovative and nuanced-and the most masterfully articulated. 176 pages, ISBN-10: 0809573490 ISBN-13: 978-0809573493

 available from Amazon


Memekwesiw and Sakura

The fifteen Native women writers in
Reckonings document transgenerational trauma, yet they also celebrate survival. Their stories are vital testaments of our times. Unlike most anthologies that present a single story from many writers, this volume offers a sampling of two to three stories by a select number of both famous and lesser known Native women writers in what is now the United States. Here you will find much-loved stories, many made easily accessible for the first time, and vibrant new stories by well-known contemporary Native American writers as well as fresh emergent voices. These stories share an understanding of Native women's lives in their various modes of loss and struggle, resistance and acceptance, and rage and compassion, ultimately highlighting the individual and collective will to endure against all odds.

Reckonings features short stories by: Paula Gunn Allen, Kimberly M. Blaeser, Beth E. Brant, Anita Endrezze, Louise Erdrich, Diane Glancy, Reid Gómez, Janet Campbell Hale, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Misha Nogha, Beth H. Piatote, Patricia Riley, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Anna Lee Walters.344 pages; 20 illus.; 6-1/8 x 9-1/4; ISBN13: 978-0-19-510925-2ISBN10: 0-19-510925-2
available from Oxford University Press
or Amazon

Closets of Time
The Closets of Time

"Wherever I go, when away from home, I always have a notebook with me so that I can capture phrases or ideas which I’ll possibly use later in my fiction or poetry. One such phrase came to me on a streetcar on my way home from work – “the closets of time”– and it resonated with what I was reading – the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The phrase stayed with me for the rest of the day, until late evening, when it gave birth to the idea behind this anthology.
- Richard Truhlar

CONTRIBUTORS: Gary Barwin. Melody Sumner Carnahan. Beverley Daurio. Michael Dean. Brian Dedora. Paul Dutton. Brian Evenson. Karl Jirgens. Lesley McAllister. Misha Nogha. Lance Olsen. John Riddell. Stuart Ross. John Shirley. Steven Ross Smith. Lola Lemire Tostevin. Richard Truhlar. ISBN-10: 1-55128-133-3 ISBN-13: 978-1-55128-133-9 5.75 x 8.5 in, 176pp, paperback $17.95 CAD $16.95 USD

available from The Mercury Press

The Stand
Stand Magazine - Native American Special Issue

Memekwesiw and Walk the Red Road

Edited by Mike Gidley including works by Gerald Vizenor, Misha Nogha, Carter Revard, Lance Hensen, Rachel Farebrother, Mick Gridley and John Whale

available from Stand


Angel Body and Other Magic for the Soul

The Carnelian Cat

"For the past twenty years the American small press Wordcraft of Oregon has built up a stable of authors that reads like a speculative fiction who’s who. Many have gone on to be widely published, or be acclaimed as winners or nominees of major literary prizes including the Pushcart, Rhysling, Readercon, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Stoker awards.

Now twenty-five writers, artists and poets from the Wordcraft stable have come together in a major new anthology in celebration of this US publisher’s achievements. From Chicano bioterrorists to restless vampires, supermodel wannabes to singing angels, each piece in this collection takes the reader into uncharted territory as only the best speculative fiction can."

Contributors: Lee Ballentine, Conger Beasley Jr, Mark Bilokur, Bruce Boston, Andrew Darlington, Denise Dumars, Scott Edelman, Brian Evenson, Ernest Hogan, Thomas E. Kennedy, Sandra Lindow, Misha Nogha, John Noto, Andi Olsen, Lance Olsen, Dan Raphael, Mark Rich, Lorraine Schein, Richard A. Schindler, Steve Sneyd, W. Gregory Stewart, Don Webb, Tom Whalen, Nathan Whiting, and Thomas Wiloch

edited by Chris Reed & David Memmott (2002, Back Brain Recluse /Wordcraft of Oregon , ISBN: 0 872588 05 0)

Blue Dawn, Red Earth

Blue Dawn, Red Earth: New Native American Storytellers

includes Memekwesiw

Incorporating traditional oral tales into modern narratives, the writers featured in this collection represent a wide range of tribes and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of Native American writing. The characters in these stories are as enduring as those that have been passed down in legend, as they capture the spirit of Native America, past and present.

edited with an introduction by Clifford E. Trafzer (1996, Anchor Books, ISBN: 0-385-47952-2)

available from Amazon

storming the reality studio
Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk & Postmodern Science Fiction

includes  Wire Movement #9 and Wire for Two Tims

The term “cyberpunk” entered the literary landscape in 1984 to describe William Gibson’s pathbreaking novel Neuromancer. Cyberpunks are now among the shock troops of postmodernism, Larry McCaffery argues in Storming the Reality Studio, marshalling the resources of a fragmentary culture to create a startling new form. Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, multinational machinations, frenetic bursts of prose, collisions of style, celebrations of texture: although emerging largely from science fiction, these features of cyberpunk writing are, as this volume makes clear, integrally related to the aims and innovations of the literary avant-garde.

Contributors include William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kathy Acker, J. G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany, Misha, Richard Kadrey, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Timothy Leary, Jean-François Lyotard, William Gibson, Rudy Rucker, John Shirley, Pat Cadigan, and Bruce Sterling

405 pages,
ISBN-10: 0822311682 | ISBN-13: 978-0822311683

available from Amazon

Air Fish , edited by Richard Singer and Joy Oestreicher ,
(1993... contains "The Stone Badger" ISBN: 0-9631755-2-1)

Bone Saw 1 edited by John Bergin and James O'Barr
(1992... contains "Ankoku Buto" with art by Michael Manning. ISBN: 1-879450-62-3)

Looking Glass Anthology of Native American Writers edited by Clifford E. Trafzer
(1991... contains "The Stone Badger")

Innovations, Anthology of Contemporary Literature edited by David Detrich
(1991... contains "Mudhead")

Unter Die Haut Anthology of Five Women Writers edited by Karen Ivancsics and Peter Hiess (1990... contains "The Angel of Hearth and Home")

Hard Times Fiction Anthology, edited by Beverly Daurio
(1990... contains "Walk the Red Road" ISBN: 0920544-75-4)

ViolaTusk 4 edited by Clair Hague, Claine Keily , and Russell Milledge
(1990... contains "Tsuki Mangetsu", "Ankoku Buto", and "Das Devonian Tag")

Der Riss Im Himmel edited by Karin Ivancsics (1989... contains"The Koi")

An Illuminated History of the Future edited by Curtis White
(1989, Illinois State University/Fiction Collective Two, ISBN: 0-932511-25-2... contains "The Koi")

Witness Anthology of Experimental Fiction edited by Ronald Sukenick
(1989... contains "Chippoke Na Gomi")

Near to Now #2 (1987... contains "The Koi" with art by Ferret )

Oregon East (1981... contains "Saturday Afternoon on the St. Croix River")
Oregon East (1980... contains "Master of the Horse" and "Watercolor")


Red Dog Journal #5 (1996... contains "Reptilian Dreams" with art by Dan Frenette)

Border/Lines edited by Stan Fogel, Joe Galbo, and Sophie Thomas
(1993... contains "Chippoke Na Gomi")

Rampike - various issues including
Vol.7, No.3, 1992... contains "Julian He-Crow Discovers the Writing Between the Molecules" by Don Webb and Misha
Vol.7, No.1, 1990... contains "Sanpuru"
Vol.6, No.3, 1988... contains "Das Devonian Tag"
Vol.6, No. 2, 1988... contains "Prayers of Steel"
Vol.6, No.1, 1987... contains "The Koi"

Back Brain Recluse #19 (summer 1991... contains "Chippoke Na Gomi" with art by Dave Mooring)

Dog Factory (1991... contains "Muisak")

Memes issue 6 (1991... contains "Walk The Red Road")
Memes issue 4 (1990... contains "Badger Man")

Triage vol 2 (1990... contains "Zen Zen")

Ice River #6 (1990... contains "Ke-Qua-Hawk-As" with art by Mark Bilokur )
Ice River #1 (summer 1987... contains "Prayers of Steel")

Surrealist Oregon (Thumbscrew #5) edited by Todd Mecklem (1989... contains "Sardonicus is the Govenor of Oregon. I'm Here in the All-American City. Where the Wolves Run Wild. Like Wolves")

Psypherboria (1988... contains "Ankoku Buto")

Get Smart (1988... contains "Tiger in the House")

Electrogenesis (1988... contains "Wire for Two Tims")

Voice of Zewam (1987... contains "Walk the Red Road")

New Pathways Vol.1, No.2 (May 1986... contains "The Wishing Well")
New Pathways Vol.1, No.4 (Sept 1986... contains "The Foolproof Plan" with art by Donald Reagan)

Factsheet Five - various issues with various artists including Ferret , Joey Zone , Mark Bilokur , Ernest Hogan , Richard Schindler , Kurt Drain, and Michael Chocholak (including "Wire Movement #9", "Cat's Iron", "Corn King", "Comic Book Character", "Deux Ex Machina", "Animal Who Eats Winter", "Oka Golf Course", "Tiger Quoll", "Pahuska in the Whitehouse", "The Ridden Word", among others)


"Walk the Red Road" comprises the liberetto to a composition by Arie van Schutterhoef for The Schreck Ensemble

"Wire Movement #9", "Prayers of Steel", "Electroballistics", Metal Vision", & "Daruma" comprise the liberettos to compositions by Jonathan Golove

M&M Music with Michael Chocholak - Misha's voice and performance on silver, clay, and bamboo flutes, saxinette, and 800 lb drain tile appeared on various releases including "Skomorokhi", "Future Selves", "Les Oiseaux", "Ear Tracks", "Owl Man Dreams", "The Latest Models", "Das Devonian Tag", "Prayers of Steel", "Creative Memory", "Epidarus", "Concho (with Conrad Schnitzler )", "All Fires the Fire", "Smoking Face (with Richard Truhlar )", and "Blood Musics"

Selections of Misha's music and performances can be heard at Soundclick


Jaguar Moon shamanic ecopoem for the invisibleNetworks Convergence

Cathexis by Michael Manning (1997 graphic art erotica... contains "Ankoku Buto" by Misha with art by Michael Manning)

"End Game " limited edition t-shirt (sold out) by Misha and Ferret

Have you brought any tobacco?

webpage and music by Badger photo by Alex Wright