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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
9:55 pm
call for poetry and writing and art
Youth Encouragement - A call for literary and art submissions.

Would you like to be one of the lucky few that is published to be seen by a global audience as a child or student?

Poets , writers , artists and photographers are all most welcome.

One marvellous thing about the Poetry Space site itself is when you view , you will notice that some of the submissions are from children as young as 5. What a wonderful boost to your young creative mind to have someone judge your work worthy to be seen around the globe. It is a must to give young people encouragement.

We as a website for the Youthspace aren't getting many contributions currently but who knows how this may grow.
We would love to run contests in the future for young minds and give great publishing opportunities.

If you are of any age you are welcome to submit, If you are a parent or guardian you can submit on your child's behalf to: eleanor@poetryspace.co.uk

Photography, writings, poetry, art and anything creative really is welcome.

I have ideas of including a slide show on the page with music/original songwriting/spoken word from young people so I would be thrilled to have it all sent across.

No deadlines, no fees and open to all.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
3:41 pm
Poetry Fishbowl Open!

My poetry fishbowl is open today! Come give me prompts about "military science fiction."

Current Mood: busy
Monday, September 12th, 2011
9:04 am
Call for Submissions: SFPA's 2011 Online Halloween Poetry Reading
Again this year, I will be coordinating the Halloween Poetry Reading on the Science Fiction Poetry Association web site. All SFPA members are welcome to submit one audio file per person of themselves reading one of their spooky, haunting, ghoulish, or humorous Halloween poems.

Submissions should include the audio file and a short blurb to go with it that includes any or all of the following: intro to the poem and where/when it was first published, intro to the poet, a web site or blog link, and mention of a recent publication (collection, anthology, book) and a link to purchasing information. See the 2010 poetry reading at http://www.sfpoetry.com/halloween.html for examples.

The purposes of the Halloween Poetry Reading are to present enjoyable speculative poetry to a broader audience, to increase awareness of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, its web site, activities and membership benefits, and to promote the individual poets who take part. Participation is voluntary and unpaid. The SFPA acquires one-time audio rights only. (Please note that for the purposes of Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA poetry page counts as publication.)

Please keep in mind when selecting a poem to record that Halloween is a popular children's holiday. If I feel that there is a problem with using a specific piece, because of either the content of the poem or the quality of the recording, I will contact the poet about it directly.

Submissions and any inquiries should be sent to me, Liz Bennefeld, at sfpoetry (at) quietspaces(dot)net -- please contact me, also, if you have any graphics, spooky photos, etc., that we can use on the 2011 page. The plan is to have the 2011 Halloween Poetry Reading page live on October 15, with any later submissions uploaded a week before the holiday.

Thank you!
Liz Bennefeld

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
6:06 pm
New issue of Ideomancer!
The September issue of Ideomancer Speculative Fiction is up.

Poetry from Liz Bourke, David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans, Jacqueline West, and J.C. Runolfson goes back towards the classics, stops off at Mark Twain, and dips forward, into the whole of the universe.

Year of Miracles by Liz Bourke
The Egg that Exploded by David Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans
Buying the Muse by Jacqueline West
Mark Twain Feels the Storm by J. C. Runolfson

Submissions for future issues are open until October 31 with the following guidelines:

All poetry must have a speculative element, whether fantasy, mythic, horror or science fiction. Poetry lacking one of those elements will not be considered. Please send only one poem, or one series of short poems, at a time. There is no line limit on poetry, but make sure to send writing that is conducive to webzine publication (no book-length projects, please). We only publish four poems per quarter, sixteen poems per year, so send us your very best.

All poems submitted MUST be sent as an RTF attachment to poetry @ ideomancer.com ; query first before submitting visual poetry, hypertext poetry, or poetry that otherwise requires the use of an alternate file format. Please put “Poetry Submission: Your poem title” in the header of your email.
Saturday, August 6th, 2011
8:10 pm
Tidbits: Apex Magazine Issue 27 and "Wrap Is Poetry" Speculative Poetry Jewelry Collection
A few tidbits from around the world of speculative poetry:

Apex Magazine Issue 27 is out! In addition to fiction by Zach Lynott, Rabbit Seagraves and Lavie Tidhar, the issue features Saladin Ahmed's (saladinahmed)'s poem "The Djinn Prince in America: A Micropic in 9 Tracks" and Elizabeth R. McClellan's (popelizbet) "Down Cycles."

SFPA member, editor and poetry lover Ashley "Full Stop" Brown (thegreenyear) has paired up with Rhysling-winning poets Amal El-Mohtar (tithenai) and Catherynne M. Valente (catvalente) as part of her "Wrap is Poetry" jewelry collection. The collection draws its inspiration and its titles from these poets' speculative work, as well as other music and poetry of the fantastic. Selections from Valente's Rhysling-nominated "Red Engines" and El-Mohtar's winning poem "Peach-Creamed Honey" form the titles of two of Ms. Brown's newest Wrap is Poetry collections. Purchasers of pieces titled after Valente's "Red Engines" receive a copy of the poem with their purchase.

Wrap is Poetry also includes collections titled after selections from my poem "The Walking Man Goes Looking for the Sons of John: Six Cantos" from the May 2011 issue of Apex Magazine, and selected lyrics from musicians Bekah Kelso and S.J. Tucker. This is an awesome celebration of speculative poetry and the interstitial arts; I encourage you all to check it out! Links under the cut.

Wrap is Poetry: Speculative Poetry & Fantastical MusicCollapse )
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
4:25 pm
Goblin Fruit Summer Issue 2011 Is Live!
(reposted from goblinfruit; originally posted by tithenai)

This issue features poems by Liz Bourke, Shawna Lenore Kastin (shawnalenore), Tala Eirsdottir, Brock Marie Moore, Kathryn Hinds, Amanda C. Davis, Nin Harris, Seanan McGuire (seanan_mcguire), Elizabeth R. McClellan (popelizbet), Kayleigh Ayn Bohémier, Rosalind Casey, Nina Pelaez, and Becca de la Rosa. They're tremendous, and do please note how many wonderful readings accompany them!

In fact, dazzling us beyond all measure, the fabulous S. J. Tucker has lent her voice to Elizabeth R. McClellan's "The Sea Witch Talks Show Business." There are bells. There is a s00j. Trust me when I say you don't want to miss it.

This issue will also feature the second installment of Catherynne M. Valente's "A Silver Splendour, A Flame," which will appear on August 1. [reposter's note: link goes to installment #1, for those who missed the Spring issue.]

FURTHERMORE, do please consult the Note from the Editors and also The Mischief for a detailed explanation and graphic rendering of our reaction to the news that our very own C.S.E. Cooney (csecooney) won the Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem.

And then be grateful that we didn't include audio for that.

Share! Feast! Spread the word! And have a splendid summer.
Sunday, January 16th, 2011
4:43 pm
Mythic Delirium in 2010: A Rhysling Award nomination guide
Every year I try to at least offer a post to remind SFPA members what I published in Mythic Delirium over the past year and what categories, short or long, the various poems fall into.

A delay in 2009 meant that we had three issues come out last year, so there's a ton to pick from. The procedure for nominating can be found here.

There's an additional caveat, too. Issue 22 was guest edited by Amal El-Mohtar (tithenai) and Jessica Wick (mer_moon) of Goblin Fruit (goblinfruit), and so those poems are their picks, though I remain the publisher; just as I selected the poems for their Winter 2010 issue. Rather than including the poems I picked for the Goblin Queens in this post, we've mutually agreed to stick to our own publications and cross-promote. So I definitely encourage you to look over last year's goblin feast as a whole in making your choices.

Now, without further ado: Here's an immense list of poems, concealed behind a cut.Collapse )
Saturday, October 30th, 2010
4:38 pm
The Complete SFPA 2010 Online Halloween Poetry Reading
The SFPA 2010 Online Halloween Poetry Reading

The following 13 SFPA members have produced recordings of themselves reading their own Halloween-themed, spooky poetry for our 2010 virtual Halloween Poetry Reading. The URL is http://www.sfpoetry.com/halloween.html


"By the Grace of Winter's Queen" by David Kopaska-Merkel
"A Vampire's Domain" by David Lee Summers
"House 5" by Lyn C. A. Gardner
"Country Inn" by Karen A. Romanko
"Neighbors" by Elissa Malcohn
"The Revolutionary Behind the Tavern" by T.J. McIntyre
"Night Falls" by Shelly Bryant
"Frost Bitten" by Stephen M. Wilson
"Alien Life" by Liz Bennefeld
"The Little One" by Maria Alexander
"In Memoriam: Frankenstein's Monster" by John S. Tumlin
"Telling the Bees" by Kath Abela Wilson
"Yellowstone Prowl" by Deborah P Kolodji

Photos and photo art are by Karen A. Romanko, Lyn C. A. Gardner, Elissa Malcoln, Liz Bennefeld, and Deborah P Kolodji. All recordings and graphics are copyrighted by their respective authors and used by permission.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
10:24 am
SFPA's 2010 On-Line Halloween Poetry Reading
Once again, I am coordinating the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Annual On-Line Halloween Poetry Reading.

SFPA members are invited to submit an audio recording of one of their Halloween-appropriate poems, which will be placed on the Web site's "Halloween Poetry Reading" page.

THERE IS NO PAY--this is strictly a volunteer venture to help promote SFPA to the world at large. You can write and record a poem especially for us or send a poem that appeared elsewhere, as long as the audio rights are free and clear. We are acquiring one-time digital audio rights only.

Details are available at the forum on the SFPA web site: SFPA 2010 Halloween page.

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, October 4th, 2010
12:41 am
Prose poetry discussion

We are currently discussing prose poetry on SFPA's official forum. Please join us!


Friday, July 16th, 2010
10:09 am
Mike Allen Steps Down from SFPA Volunteer Activities
In my term as president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Mike Allen has sort of been my secret weapon. I could have never done this job without him. He has always been there as a sounding board, with advice on how things were done in previous administrations, etc. And, he has continued to volunteer, often behind the scenes. In additon to the multitude of things he has done for the SFPA before I became president (president, Rhysling co-chair, Alchemy of Stars co-editor, deployment of the current website, ReaderCon laison, Star*Line layout editor, laid out the ’03-’06 Rhysling Anthologies, edited the Science Fiction Poetry Handbook for Suzette, created the website’s Rhysling Award archive, etc), he has continued to spend hours and hours of time for the benefit of speculative poetry.

He has continued to be our laison with ReaderCon, organizing our successful dealer's room table (this year's gross was $1300), being the emcee for the Rhysling Slan, as well as our laison with SFWA, where he has ensured our continued presence in the Nebula Anthology. He did the layout for the 2008 Rhysling Anthology, designed the cover for the 2010 Rhysling Anthology, He recently edited the Grand Master special feature in the most recent issue of Star*Line. He has always been there for us when we needed him and now he needs us to give him a little space.

Mike is at a point in his writing career where he needs to have the time to focus on it. I wish him well and thank him from the bottom of my heart for all he's done over the years.

Deborah P Kolodji
SFPA President
Thursday, July 1st, 2010
1:03 pm
Correcting a 2010 Rhysling Anthology mistake
One of the wonderful things about print publishing is that when mistakes happen, they're permanent.

Unfortunately in this case the mistake involves a book that the Science Fiction Poetry Association is using as a voting tool. It turns out there's an entire page of verses missing from Kendall Evans' and Samantha Henderson's long poem candidate "In the Astronaut Asylum" as it appears in The 2010 Rhysling Anthology.

The poem originally appeared in Mythic Delirium 20, the anniversary issue. In the interest of making the poem available in its complete form ahead of the voting deadline, I've created a page for it at the Mythic Delirium website. You can read the correct version here: http://www.mythicdelirium.com/AstronautAsylum.htm

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
1:20 pm
New featured poems at MythicDelirium.com
The Mythic Delirium website now features two poems from the just-released "Goblin Delirium" issue, guest-edited by Ms. El-Mohtar and Ms. Wick of Goblin Fruit fame. The poems are Susan Slaviero's "The Reaper's Wife," with accompanying illustration by Paula Friedlander, and an audio reading by Kate Baker, and Shweta Narayan's "Cave-smell," with audio by the author and accompanying illustration by Daniel Trout.

We also have a special bonus addition to our featured poems this time around: an encore presentation of guest editor Amal's Rhysling Award-winning poem "Song for an Ancient City" from our pages, which her father Oussama El-Mohtar has since translated into Arabic. I'm proud to present father and daughter side by side, with Amal's original poem and reading paired with her father's translation and evocative audio recording.

Enjoy! And feel free to check out our Featured Poem archives while you're at it.


Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
12:17 pm
SFPA Table at ReaderCon: call for books
Hey, folks, once again I am disorganizing the SFPA Table at ReaderCon, and if you have new books you'd like us to sell there, now is the time to get them to us.

We'll sell them at a 30% consignment rate and send back what's left over at our expense, if you like, or we can hang on to them, offer them to the membership in a fund raiser sale afterward, and use them at the table again next year (which is what a lot of folks have elected to do.)

It's good to have realistic expectations: the books tend to sell better if the author/editor is present and actively participating in programming; but we've also had some surprise "hits" through the years; you never know till you try.

If you want to be a part of it, let me know at mythicdelirium@gmail.com, and I'll tell you what to do next.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
4:51 pm
June 2010 issue of Ideomancer is live
Our June 2010 issue focuses on questions of histories, real and imagined: what happened, what we would have liked to have happened; how we imagined things to have been.

Our poets this month — Larry Hammer with "Kassandra", Jennifer Crow with "Tasting Books on Her Lover's Hands", Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica P. Wick with "Courting Songs for Selkies" and Stephen Wilson with "Imagined World" — take us from the lofty heights of Alexandria to the more mundane historical questions of he said, she said.

We have some great fiction this quarter as well.

Lon Prater’s “The Atrocities of King George” tackles the question of revisionist history head-on — in a slightly revised history of its own. Ilan Lerman’s “Saint Stephen Street” remixes, rejigs, and recurves around a history that its protagonists would rather not remember. Finally, Megan Arkenberg’s “The Copperroof War” shows what happens with the histories nobody wants to tell, and what happens when history itself, dusty and stored away, becomes deadly indeed.

Monday, April 19th, 2010
11:58 am
Dark Faith and Close Encounters of the Urban Kind - review copies avail.
Help spread the word about a couple of review opportunities.


Dark Faith has some poetry in it. I was hoping that one or more of you might consider approaching Jason to review the anthology and spread the word.
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
4:50 pm
Spring 2010 Issue of Goblin Fruit is Live!
(cross-posted from my LJ, and you'd better believe I'm doing this over and over to show off different icons!)

It's our 4th anniversary! It's so strange to say, to think we've been doing this for long enough to say years.

This season we bring you poems by Susannah Mandel, Karen Berry, Nicole Kornher-Stace (wirewalking), Shweta Narayan (shweta_narayan), Zoe Gabriel, Sonya Taaffe (sovay), Seanan McGuire seanan_mcguire), Jaime Lee Moyer (stillnotbored), Stephanie Parent, Maura McHugh (splinister), Peg Duthie, and C.S.E. Cooney (csecooney).

So, a few days ago I suggested that people go taunt Mike Allen. The poor thing is now all but embroidered with knitting needles, as is meet and proper, so the time has come to reveal what is, to me, the most impressive audio contribution we've received yet -- and given how amazing our readers have been, this is saying alot. Please listen to shweta_narayan's audio accompaniment to "The Bone Harp Sings Nine Moods."

When I read Shweta's poem, I was dazzled by it and its connection to "The Twa Sisters" murder ballad without understanding the significance of its section titles; I supposed they were moods, as the title indicated, but had no idea that they were also musical modes. When Shweta explained it to me, I got excited; when she said that she might be able to get someone to sing the ragas in her titles, I flailed fit to thresh wheat.

The result is something that makes me happy on many levels. First, having read the poem, I can now listen to this audio and hear the mood change from section to section through the gift of Sangeetha Ayyar's singing; second, I've learned more about ragas, and through gleeing over this audio to other friends, learned about Qawwali and its connection to Arabic; third, have I mentioned the whole is just sheer gorgeous? But mostly, this delights me because it's so much of what I want Goblin Fruit to do, to enrich our understanding of many different cultures through myth and language and music, to explore connections between stories while reveling in the differences between tellings. I love when poems teach me things, when my enjoyment of a piece of art can be deepened by research, an explanation, a new thing learned.

Now, my lingering on this at length is in no way meant to diminish the rest of this issue's audio: csecooney's rendition of "The Sea King's Second Bride" is a rollicking, echo-y, grin-inducing ride of wave after wave; Peg Duthie's "The Wailing Well" is quiet and spare and threatening; wirewalking's "Two Views from the Shore" is likewise full of gently-spoken danger, and a first line that sticks to my brain like a burr: "that white stone chain-smokes girls..."

Ach, please just go read it before I inadvertantly write a review of my own 'zine. Do tell us what you think, lovely people, in comments or your own posts!

Oh, but, lastly, see my shiny new icon? It's thanks to talkstowolves working her mighty magic on Oliver Hunter's art. There's a whole gallery of icons for you to make merry with in the Mischief this issue, and I hope you find something to tickle your fancy there. Go for the icons -- stay for the toothsome cupcakes. You'll see what I mean.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, April 5th, 2010
11:44 pm
FYI: Zombie Poetry
Just came across this link to a special issue of CORDITE guest edited by Ivy Alvarez dedicated to zombie poetry:

Monday, March 29th, 2010
10:38 pm
2010 Rhysling Awards list of poems and nominees
Our most capable webmistress, Robin, has posted the complete list of poems and nominees on the SFPA website.

You can find them here:


More news as I have news to share.
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
8:29 am
Mythic Delirium closing to submissions May 23
So, the most important part first: I will close Mythic Delirium to submissions on May 23, and I do not plan to reopen until Feb. 6, 2011.

The reason is this: I took stock of my inventory this past weekend and discovered I have already accepted more than enough poems to fill Mythic Delirium 23, which will be out, assuming all circumstances cooperate with me, in October. This is a testament to the quality of submissions I've received since reopening this past November.

My goal is go ahead and fill Mythic Delirium 24, with a target publication date of March 2011. And with that task done, staying open longer would just mean ridiculously long waits between acceptance and publication, so I will shut the spigot off until it's time to put together Issue 25.

It's not likely to affect many readers here, but when I reopen again, I intend to shift to online submissions only. Sad to say, what postal submissions I receive now are so few and far between that if I don't respond to them right away I tend to lose track of them. (Subscription checks sent through the mail will remain welcome, of course.)

So: now reading for Issue 24 until May 23. Take your best shot.

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