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As editor of “Eccentric Orbits 3”, I am honored by the support my anthology of science fiction poetry recieved from the speculative poetry community. If you ever wanted to dip your toe into what speculative poetry is, this is the book to do it with. The anthology is available in both paperback and ebook on 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
I am known on the science fiction convention circuit for my speculative poetry classes. I’ve taught them from Baltimore, to Chicago, and many points in between. As Anaheim’s Poet Laureate, I want to bring my proven classes to my city.
Prompts To Poetry will use my ideation techniques to bring out your creativity. You will work with six literary style prompts and then pick your favorite of the bunch to create an original poem of your own.
Bring your notebook and pen, or use the paper and pencils provided by the library. While tablets and computers are welcome, I hope you’ll try pen and paper for the class. The class is free of charge and my offering to you as the Anaheim Poet Laureate.
Canyon Hills Library
400 S. Scout Ave, Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Tuesday, October 25th at 5:30pm PDT
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
— From: “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” (1949), Joseph Campbell
The hero’s journey has always fascinated me. The call to adventure. The wise mentor. The return with new knowledge or insight that changes the ordinary world. In the past, these stories have featured men in battle, using their cunning and strength to find their way in the world.
Today, we acknowledge these protagonists can come in many non-traditional forms. In this issue of “Eye To The Telescope”, I hope as editor to capture the idea that being a hero is not all about swords and dragons, although certainly these have their place, but can also form from different viewpoints and experiences of cultures all over the world. Welcome to the Quest!
Eye To The Telescope launches on October 15th and will be free to read online on its website: http://eyetothetelescope.com
I am honored to have been chosen to guest edit issue #46 of this quarterly online speculative poetry journal.
Last April I had the honor of becoming Anaheim’s Poet Laureate. I have entered a world filled with poetry readings, open-mics, editing anthologies, and organizing events. The Canyon Hills Branch in the Anaheim Library system is the first to feature me in an event in my city. I am honored to make my debut there.
Speculative Poetry is my poetry specialty. It all began at a workshop at a local science fiction convention. I was introduce to science fiction themed haiku. I discovered a real love for micro-poetry. As the years went by, I steadily published this form and developed my own poetic voice. I hope you’ll come to hear about my journey, ask questions about the speculative poetry community, and hear a few poems from my Elgin nominated poetry collection, “The Planets”.
Canyon Hills Branch Library
400 S. Scout Trail, Anaheim, CA 92807
Tuesday, October 18th at 5pm.