Dustin Pickering


16429 el Camino real apt 7
Houston, TX 77062
832 523 0191

Author's Bio

Dustin Pickering opposes all forms of censorship whether in the form of morality clauses or SJW social media dog piles. He is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, publisher of the award nominated literary and arts journal Harbinger Asylum. Artistic expression is important to cultural literacy, diversity, and the love of beauty. Dustin Pickering is author of Salt and Sorrow (Chitrangi Publishers, Kolkata, India), an exploration of Christian humanism in verse. He published A Matter of Degrees (Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, India), a book on Platonism applied to aesthetics. He self-published The Daunting Ephemeral and The Future of Poetry is NOW: Bones Picking at Death's Howl. His collection Knows No End (Hawakal Publishers) reached #1 Amazon bestseller in new releases among Native American poetry. He published Frenetic/No Contest (Alien Buddha Press, USA), a book of ekphrastic poetry based on the art of Red Focks. He inspired the series "spurious conversations" published by Alien Buddha Press that included tribute writings to Charles Manson, Dolores O'Riordan, George Carlin, Stephen Hawkins, Muhammad Ali, and others. His collection The Alderman: spurious conversations with Jim Morrison was published by Alien Buddha Press. He is a critic, reviewer, essayist, musician, and visual artist. He is a former contributor to Huffington Post.

Publications & Prizes

Tales from the Alien Buddha 2 (Alien Buddha Press, 2018)
The Son of Man: spurious conversations with Charles Manson (Alien Buddha Press, 2018)
Alien Buddha Press Anthology V1 (Alien Buddha Press, 2017)
destigmatized: voice for change (Madness Muse Press, 2017)
Storm Cycle 2015 (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016)
The Madman and Fu (Alien Buddha Press, 2019)
O'Riordan: spurious conversations with Dolores (Alien Buddha Press, 2018)
Frenetic/No Contest (Alien Buddha Press, 2017)
The Alderman- spurious conversations with Jim Morrison (Alien Buddha Press, 2017)
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Huffington Post
Lost Coast Review
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Squawk Back
The Tower Journal
Prizes won: 

Finalist in Adelaide Literary Journal's short story contest in 2017

Harbinger Asylum, Nominated best poetry magazine by National Poetry Awards in 2013

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Friedrich Nietzsche, Anthony Storr, Frederico Garcia Lorca, James Joyce, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Blake, Leonard Cohen, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jerome Rothenberg, E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound, Ken Jones, Samuel Beckett, Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Sara Teasdale
What I'm reading now: 
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger, The Exegesis of Phillip K Dick by Phillip K Dick, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West, Being and Nothingness by Jean Paul Sartre, Collected Dialogues of Plato by Edith Hamilton, editor

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Last update: Feb 13, 2019