Category Archives: Announcements

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

Anaheim Poetry Review Launches!

Poets of Anaheim Poetry Review 2023

Anaheim Poetry Review is the debut of an annual poetry anthology for the city of Anaheim, CA. As poet laureate, I was happy to edit this volume and organize our book launch. Anaheim Poetry Review is not for sale. You will not find it on any regular book retailer.

As editor, I wanted to make sure that all the poets who contributed were compensated with a fun party and with exposure for their work. The review will be available to read for free on the anthology’s website as a flipbook, I am developing an ebook version to go into the digital library system, and each branch of the Anaheim Library system will have a single physical copy for their shelves. This archives the book for the future and it allows the poets to go to the library, point out the book to their friends and family to be able to say “My poetry is in this book.” For a debut poet, this is a heady thing indeed.

Photo of the box of books from the printer!  Anaheim Poetry Review copies debut!

Our launch party was April 11th at the Anaheim Central Library. The poets of the anthology were invited to read their work, not only for the sizable audience that came out for the event, but also for the cameras. The recorded reading is slated to be on Anaheim TV as part of their community lineup of programming and should eventually be available on YouTube via their channel.

List of Participating Poets:

Acoustic Librarian
Alia Alaweneh
Sherri L Benoun
Bobbo Byrnes
Laura Cadieu
Melissa Adylia Calasanz
Anilu Gabriel
Michelle Gonzalez
Aimee Inglis
Brian Harman
Camille Hernandez
LeAnne Hunt
Betty Hwang
Sarah Jedlicka
Carol Latham
Jessica Macias
Jane Muschenetz
Leslie Ortega
Mike Robbie
Catherine Spear
Aruni Wijesinghe
Sanjay Yadav

Thank You to the volunteer crew who recorded the reading:

Don Hillard, Jr.
Laixi Gu

It has been a pleasure coordinating this project as the Anaheim Poet Laureate. I am not sure if there will be another issue next year. Laureates generally only are around for two to three years in their term, but overall this was a fun project for me to develop and I’m glad to see it through to the end.

The Curate’s Brother – A Jane Austen Prequel of Persuasion

The Curate’s Brother: A Jane Austen Variation of Persuasion
by Wendy Van Camp

Available on Amazon

A Regency Historical based on the characters and settings from Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. It can serve as a stand-alone or a prequel to Austen’s book.

It is the summer of 1806 in Somerset, England.

EDWARD WENTWORTH, a young curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother, Commander FREDERICK WENTWORTH, the “hero of San Domingo”, who is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic wars and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to SALLY MARSHALL, an outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of Sally is sorely outdated. Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to shy wallflower ANNE ELLIOT. She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which will prevail? The bold action of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?

Eccentric Orbits 4 Launches!

Eccentric Orbits 4 Launches!

As Editor, I am pleased to announce that ECCENTRIC ORBITS 4 has officially launched! This anthology of science fiction poetry features poets from all over the globe and represents many cultures by diverse wordsmiths, but all in the genre of science fiction.

Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, volumne 4 is available as a paperback and an ebook, both via directly from the publisher and on Amazon

Featured poets:

Allen Ashley, Faruk Buzhala, Dale Champlin, Linda M. Crate, Binod Dawadi, Melissa Ridley Elmes, Gary Every, Mark A. Fisher, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Lee Garrett, John Grey, Bradley Earle Hoge, Erin Jamieson, Alshaad Kara, Deborah L. Kelly, Gerri Leen, Goran Lowie, Richard Magahiz, Jack Massa, Mike McCormick, Gerald D. Nordley, Ramona Ridgewell, Roxana Negut, RK Rugg, Joshua St. Claire, F Stephan, J. J. Steinfeld, Lisa Timpf, Liz Tuckwell, DJ Tyrer, Wendy Van Camp, Jeff Young

The Planets: A Poetry Collection by Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp

The Planets: A poetry collection by Poet Laureate 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. Wendy credits this collection of astropoetry with gaining the post of Poet Laureate for the City of Anaheim, a city that embraces STEM, supporting science in our education system.

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

Wendy Van Camp Published in The Starlight Scifaiku Review, Spring 2023

Wendy Van Camp published in The Starlight Scifaiku Review, Spring 2023

In this third issue of the annual journal, my two astropoetry scifaiku series appear:

Cosmological Speed
Ode to James Webb

Cosmological Speed is the study of the stars to discover our speed of movement through the universe. The ode is about the various machines on the famous telescope and how it studies the stars.

You can find both of my poems on page 13 of the issue.

Many thanks to our editor for giving my poetry space! It is always a delight to be part of this annual speculative journal.