Author Bio

Pushcart Prize-winning author John-Ivan Palmer’s literary credits include the critically acclaimed novel, Motels of Burning Madness (The Drill Press, 2009), investigative journalism and literary works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. As a journalist and reviewer for Your Flesh Quarterly, praised by Newsweek as “the premier underground zine of the 90s,” his interviews form a virtual Who’s Who of the international underground at the time. They include foreign dissidents of all varieties, novelists Harry Crews, George Pelecanos, Joe Lonsdale, among others, graphic artists like Frank Miller (Sin City), Mike Diana and Japanese manga artist Maruo Suehiro, filmmakers such as Richard Kern and controversial researchers Andrea Juno and Vale Vale (of REsearch publications) and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon.

Tom Bradley’s irreverent interview with Palmer in Exquisite Corpse, A Journal of Art and Life describes the author as an “odd and versatile figure in the literary world, whose fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and literary criticism [are] often perceived as scholarly performances in the Devil’s Theater.”

Palmer applies a disciplined style to outsider topics thus making them universally accessible in their humanitarian insight. He states that his purpose in writing is “to seek transcendence by crossing boundaries.”

Palmer’s more recent work in the form of memoir moves into a surprising new dimension of literary refinement.

Recently published: “Stage Hypnotism and the Annihilation of Rational Thought” in Guide to Creative Kulchur Journal, Issue 8 (2016). Article is illustrated with rare archival photos. Available in print only (

Now out: “New Details in the Heist of Alberto Giacometti’s Seated Woman” (author’s involvement in the theft of a 20th century masterpiece) in Whistling Shade (Fall/Winter, 2016). Illustrated. Available free at bookstores, libraries and coffee houses in the Twin Cities or downloadable for $1 online at