Science Fiction Poetry Association members, you should have received an e-mail with the link to the pdf for the final issue of Star*Line for 2016, 39.4. Please let us know if you haven’t received it.
On the physical side of things, this issue just arrived from the printer, and it will be shipping soon. I want to give a special thanks to our cover artist Hasani Claxton this quarter. His piece is entitled “Communing with the Ancestors.”
Hasani Claxton was raised on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. He always had a passion for art but had never met a successful, professional artist on his little island. He thus never considered art as a viable career option. He moved to Atlanta, GA in 1995 to attend Morehouse College and earned a Bachelor’s in business administration in 1999. He went on to earn law degree from Columbia University in New York in 2003.
While serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx he took evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and in 2005 decided to pursue his passion full time. He studied Illustration at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where his art was selected for the Spring Show in 2008. He earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2009 and later that year attended the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College.
His commissions have included a mural for an installation at the Carolina Children’s Museum in Puerto Rico and an album cover for Austrian indie band Ray Childish, as well as private portrait and mural commissions. In 2012 his art was selected for the Black Art In America Juried show at the Harlem Fine Arts Show. He currently resides in Towson, Maryland.
Definitely keep an eye out for more of his wonderful work!
Our Fall issue features 39 poets this time. It’s a great mix of both established and emerging voices, award-winning poets, and new faces. My thanks go to everyone who submitted, with a note of appreciation to F.J. Bergmann who edited this issue. I encourage everyone to submit for next year as we hit volume 40 of Star*Line! As always, if you enjoy a poet’s poem, please be sure to let them know!
Our poets for this issue are: Francis W. Alexander Billy Antonio, David Barber, Robert Borski, Susan Burch, Ronald S. Busse, Beth Cato, G.O. Clark, David Clink, Deborah L. Davitt, Wendy S. Delmater, Denise Dumars, Ian Duncan, Gary Every, Robert Frazier, Carolyn M. Hinderliter, Ian Hunter, Soren James, Herb Kauderer, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Denny E. Marshall, Lauren McBride, Glenn A. Meisenheimer, Richard Merelman, Simon Perchik, Ken Poyner, Jack Ralls, Jessy Randall, John Reinhart, Anton Rose, Ann K. Schwader, Christina Sng, J.J. Steinfeld, Lisa Timpf, Cesar Valtierra, Chuck Von Nordheim, Holly Walrath, Matthew Wilson, and Shannon Connor Winward.
First established in 1978, the Science Fiction Poetry Association brings together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry, as well as poetry incorporating fantasy horror and other imaginative genres. An international organization, we publish two journals, Star*Line and Eye to the Telescope, and oversee three major literary awards for poetry: The Rhyslings, the Dwarf Stars, and the Elgin Awards.
We also conduct an annual science fiction poetry contest and other special events and gatherings. We also provide resources for emerging and established poets seeking professional publication and networking opportunities. Consider joining our association today!