(born 17 April 1954) in Three Rivers, Texas. A writer, performer and speaker. He published the science fiction semi-prozine Trajectories - The Magazine of Science Fiction in the Southwest during the 1980s. His writing has appeared in Factsheet Five, the collected Why Publish?, and The American Book Review. He served two terms on the board of directors of the Austin Writers' League, now the Writers' League of Texas, one as Secretary of the Board, and three years on the board of directors of the Austin Celtic Association, two as President. He was festival director of the Austin Celtic Festival for those same two years. Shannon has appeared as an extra in the films The Newton Boys by Richard Linklater, and Two for Texas, a Ted Turner "made for tv" movie from 1989. Now lives in South Central Texas where he writes, and consults on marketing, publishing and editorial projects.