Category Archives: Announcements

General announcements of places I’ve published or books that are now available.

Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop

Please join me as I begin my journey as a Literary Cleveland instructor. I will be teaching my “Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop” via Zoom.

Scifaiku is science fiction themed haiku, but it follows slightly different rules than its parent form. I will touch on these rules, the history of the form, and my own methods of brainstorming and creating this style of poetry. This is similar to the scifaiku workshops that I teach at the major science fiction conventions around the United States.

Scifaiku: A Speculative Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, August 16th at 4pm PDT
register: https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/scifaiku-a-speculative-poetry-workshop

Celebrate the 4th with THE PLANETS

Celebrate the 4th of July with THE PLANETS

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.

Dwarf Star Nomination for Poet Wendy Van Camp

I’m pleased to announce that one of my scifaiku poems from 2021 has been nominated for a Dwarf Star Award and accepted into the upcoming Dwarf Star anthology. This is the first time I’ve been nominated for this award and I’m honored to make the cut this year.

What is a Dwarf Star? It is the Rhysling equivalent for micro poetry via the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Poems that are 10 lines and under are eligible. Since I specialize in Scifaiku and haiku astropoetry, this is the category that I usually fall under come award time. The nominated poems are published in an anthology once a year and from these poems, the ultimate winner of the Dwarf Star Awards are selected.

My nominated scifaiku is from the poem sequence “The Last Journey” which appeared in “Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 2” during April of 2021. The poem is about the study of the death of the universe using AI to simulate our universe and the effects of dark matter. (Something that is still waiting to be proven to be real and hence, what makes the sequence of poems science fiction.)

Eccentric Orbits 2

Eccentric Orbits 3 Available on Amazon

Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Vol. 3

As editor of “Eccentric Orbits 3”, I am proud to announce that our anthology is available in both paperback and ebook on Amazon. I am honored to be supported by so many distinguished speculative poets.

AMAZON

The function of speculative poetry is to engage the mind to a new understanding, not rehearse the past or the ordinary. This anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry explores new concepts, folklore, myth, and the fantastic, by some of the most exciting, speculative poets of our time. Discover the insights of these contemporary wordsmiths that are surging from the pages of science fiction into the reality of our world.

This speculative poetry anthology is perfect as a gift for poetry lovers, readers of science fiction, fantasy, or horror literature or to complete your own book collections.

Speculative Poets represented in this anthology:
JANUARY BAIN * STEWART C BAKER * ROBERT BEVERIDGE * CATHERINE BROGDON * FARUK BUZHALA * DALE CHAMPLIN * LINDA M. CRATE * BILLIE DEE * KENDALL EVANS * GARY EVERY * MARK A. FISHER * JEAN-PAUL L. GARNIER * LEE GARRATT * KEN GOUDSWARD * FIN HALL * MICHAEL HOFFMAN * DEBORAH L. KELLY * DEBORAH P. KOLODJI * DAVID C. KOPASKA-MERKEL * BLAISE LANGLOIS * GERRI LEEN * RICHARD MAGAHIZ * JACK MASSA * ALLENE NICHOLS * MICHELLE OUCHAREK-DEO * RK RUGG * RYFKAH * JUSTIN SLOANE * JOSHUA ST. CLAIRE * SEAN STUBBLEFIELD * REX SWEENY * LISA TIMPF * LAMONT TURNER * WENDY VAN CAMP * MIKE VAN HORN * RUTH E. WALKER * TD WALKER * LYNN WHITE * JEFF YOUNG