Al Bogdan creates near the edges of Detroit, sharing each day with his spouse and daughter.
He is currently eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years.
Al Bogdan's Campbell-qualifying work:
"The Girl Who Whispered Beauty," Writers of the Future Vol. 24, 2008.
Locus Review by Rich Horton:
Al Bogdan's 'The Girl Who Whispered Beauty' has a very striking central idea: a servant class literally exploited by the upper classes, in that 'whisper girls' breathe life, or energy, or beauty, into them. The protagonist can also breathe beauty into other things—plants, for instance—and eventually she is driven to rebellion. The story itself is nice enough if not special, but the imagery at its heart is wonderful.