Better late than never, this is the obligatory award eligibility post that every author and poet in the universe does at this time of year…except this is the first time I’ve done it! I am eligible for a number of awards, but often forget to post which poems, essays, and stories published in the past year. You can also find this information in my general writing credits on my portfolio site http://wendyvancamp.com. This post makes the information easier to find.
I’ve published a mixture of speculative and literary poetry, essays, and of course, I’m the editor of Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry. My published work is available to read online for free, with the exception of the anthology.
morlocks below me machine moves through time not space pull it to Weena
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 inthe August Issue of “Far Horizons”. This was a magazine of science fiction stories, art, and speculative poetry.
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
rainbow galaxies compete with the stars above me Mars is now my home
It is a rare and special event when a new scifaiku poetry magazine appears on the scene. I am honored to be published in the inaugural issue of “The Starlight Scifaiku Review”. The poem series of “Close Approach” came about twofold, one inspiration was an image sent back by Curiosity from the surface of Mars. Overhead was a beautiful display of the Milky Way galaxy. This combined with my Mars research about the steps to colonize the red planet. When Earth and Mars are at their closest point, their “close approach”, that is the moment when colonists should depart. It happens only once every couple of years. This is where I took the title of the series from.
This poem is a part of the scifaiku poetry series “Close Approach” that appeared in “The Starlight Scifaiku Review” in the Fall of 2021 and was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize for Poetry.
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.