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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
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 )
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.

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:

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.

Friday, March 12th, 2010
2:24 am
2010 Grand Master Nominations
The SFPA will be holding a Grand Master election again this year, concurrent with our Rhysling ballots.

According to the rules, the Grand Master Award for Fantastic Poetry shall be a individual living at the time of selection whose body of work shall reflect the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who shall have been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no less than twenty years, and whose poetry has been noted to be exceptional in merit, scope, vision and innovation.

The nominees are Richard L. Tierney and Jane Yolen.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
8:02 am
2010 Dwarf Stars Editor
I am pleased to announce that Joshua Gage will be the 2010 Dwarf Stars editor. Josh is a graduate of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He currently teaches English at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College. He is a member of both the SFPA and the HSA. His book of haiku, breaths, is available on VanZeno Press, and Intrinsic Night, his collaboration with J. E. Stanley, is available on Sam's Dot Publishing.

On a personal note, he has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe where he hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour and enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle.

Last summer, Josh proved invaluable as I prepared for speculative haiku presentations in Ottawa for Haiku North America and in Montreal for WorldCon. He put together a trifold hand out for me, "The Universe in Three Lines," that I used at both events. Furthermore, his haiku is one of my favorites in this year's Red Moon Anthology, "where the wind turns: The Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku 2009" Josh's mainstream haiku have appeared in major haiku journals.

As I hand over the torch, I can't help but be hopeful for the future of Dwarf Stars. Since it is an Awards Anthology, I feel it is important to switch editorial selection committees from time-to-time to expose the membership to the greateer depth of speculative short poetry that is being published. I will miss being the editor, but feel Dwarf Stars is in good hands.

In addition, I'd like to thank Stephen Wilson for being my co-editor these past three years. I'm pleased with what we were able to accomplish together. In April, Stephen is launching a new speculative twitter zine, microcosms, which I hope will produce many future Dwarf Stars candidates. I wish him the best with his new venture.
Monday, February 8th, 2010
8:30 am
Dwarf Stars Awards Announced
2009 Dwarf Stars Winners

1st: "Fireflies" by Geoffrey A. Landis
Asimov's SF (June 2008)

2nd: "The Leaf Whisperer" by Elizabeth Barrette
Doorways Magazine #5 (2008)

3rd: "Goodbye Billy Goat Gruff" by Jane Yolen
Asimov's SF (Oct/Nov 2008)
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
8:13 pm
Iron Angels

          I'm teaching a poetry unit in Publications Workshop, which gave me an excuse to pick a couple of poetry anthologies off my shelf.  Also an excuse to actually finish something.

Personal Acquaintance Warning: I've known Geoff Landis, and his poetry, for quite a number of years now.  We usually end up reading together at Confluence every year, and twice at WorldCons, and we've served on panels together, and shared meals.  I also always, unless cross-scheduled, go to every talk he gives at the conventions I attend.  In his day job, Geoff is a space scientist, working, for instance, on the Mars Exploration Rovers.

          When his head isn't in space, Geoff is a poet.  And writer of science fiction.  It's the poet I'm reporting on today, having finished his recently published collection, Iron Angels.

          This collection certainly shows his range.  I admire poets who are willing to be playful sometimes, silly sometimes, thoughtful sometimes, and deadly serious sometimes.  All those modes are on display, and the only complaint I'd make about this book is about the same problem I've had when trying to assemble my own work: it can be jarring to change gears from one type to the next.  (Grouping the poems by type, which one thinks would be the obvious solution, uhmmm, it doesn't work that well on the page.  The sections can feel ghettoized.  I've seen it.)

          I had several favorites.  In class on Friday, I read "Arabica, About 10, After the Poet's League", which is a sweet little exercise in reminding writers what their work can mean to others.  There's the tragic "Bull's-eye" and the memorial poem for the Challenger astronauts (I assume) "Requiescat in Pace."  And there's a pastiche of my favorite Janis Joplin tune, asking the oft-heard question, "Oh, Lord, won't you buy me an SSTO?"

          Here's a sample I had (with permission) to quote:


The Surface of Venus

glows dull infrared

a surface of sterile baked igneous rock,

with motionless, poisonous, dense black thick air

Oh, yes, there's no question: the planet of love.


          And then there's "Savage Time" that begins with the nice couplet


Savage time is a cruel tyrant

not beauty nor art endures.


          And there is more, but perhaps you should find it in the pages of your own copy.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
4:25 pm
Many of you have been patiently following and commenting on my review of the 2009 Rhysling Awards. You can go to the starting post here and join in on the conversation. I'd love to see what people think or why they nominated the poems which they did, especially if I didn't feel the poem was strong. Conversations like this are necessary for any group of writers, but can't be one sided. So I beg you to join in and defend your favorites.
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