All posts by Wendy Van Camp

Author * Poet * Illustrator

The Poets of LosCon48

Thanksgiving Weekend has come and gone and so has LosCon 2022. It was a busy week for the poets of SFPA.

We had two poetry panels. Pictured is our poetry reading “Imaginative Verse: A Reading of Speculative Poets” with Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Denise Dumars, Neil Citrin, Robin Rose Graves, and Wendy Van Camp. During the panel, we announced to the public the Rhysling Long Form winners and I read Beth Cato’s winning poem during our opening.

Our second panel was “The Art of Poetry” lead by Denise Dumars. Denise did a wonderful job showcasing our poets and explaining to the public what speculative poetry is and how to gain the courage to perform your poetry in public.

We also hosted a fantable for the SFPA giving out old copies of “Dreams & Nightmares” (a big thank you to David C. Kopaska-Merkel for his donation!) and copies of “Star*Line” (with thanks to our Star*Line editor Jean-Paul L. Garnier). I’m happy to report we had a few new sign-ups to join SFPA, and we certainly brought our organization more awareness.

THE PLANETS a poetry collection by Wendy Van Camp

The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection is a literary journey through our solar system featuring poems inspired by the nine planets. All the scifaiku and astropoetry is meant to inspire you to seek out and learn more about the history of human’s exploration and the physical characteristics of the these fascinating worlds.

The inspiration for this poetry collection was born from my love of the NASA space program.

Wendy Van Camp is both the poet and the interior illustrator for the collection. The book was a finalist for the Elgin Award for Best Speculative Poetry Book of the Year for 2020 and 2021.

Currently, Wendy Van Camp is composing a new astropoetry scifaiku book called Time and Space. Look for it and for The Planets on Amazon.

Scifaiku: Oblivion

A Scifaiku Poem by Wendy Van Camp

preventing past dance
no meeting of grandparents
everyone goes poof

Time travel has always been a favorite science fiction concept for me. I am drawn to the paradox of such stories. I ended up writing a series of scifaiku on the top, drawing from this well known trope.

This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series about time travel which appeared in the August Issue of “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.

The Lotus Tree Literary Review Publishes!

The Lotus Tree Literary Review is an online literary journal of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, essays, interviews, book reviews and art published annually. All genres are welcome. This is the debut issue from Starship Sloane Publishing.

Two of my offerings made the cover of the issue.

A Renku by the Poets Thirteen | “Quantum Entanglement”
I was one of the thirteen poets in this lovely project coordinated by our Sabaki Joshua St. Claire.

An Essay by Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp | “Remembering James Gunn: Tapping into Your Muse for Creativity”
Last September, I spoke at a Science Fiction Literary Conference in India that was co-founded by famous science fiction writer and instructor James Gunn. I write about the experience and my recollections of this remarkable teacher.

A Nonet by Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp | “Grandfather’s Journey”
My grandfather escape Ukraine just after the second world war when the Russians invaded at that time. This micro-poem is an homage to him.

The magazine is free to read online. I hope you’ll stop by and support all the writers and poets featured in this issue.