Gold Line Press has announced that the 2017 winner of their poetry chapbook contest is F.J. Bergmann for A Catalog of the Further Suns. F.J. Bergmann is an active and involved member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association who has served the organization for many years with distinction.
Judge Sarah Vap had the following to say about the winning manuscript: “As I moved through A Catalog of the Further Suns I found myself, as a member of the human species, alien-ized. I found myself alien-ating. I found myself in a labyrinth of mirrors that reflected back and forth among the histories of colonization and mass extinction, and the futures of colonization and mass extinction. While reading these poems I slipped, for fractions of fractions of moments, just the tiniest distance outside of my human brain—and observed it from without—something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. This speculative poetry brings to mind Norman Dubie’s The Spirit Tablets at Goa Lake, and Danielle Pafunda’s Itagrogenic: Their Testimonies, and the wormholes within wormholes in William Blake’s mythopoetic—in other words, this book is a profoundly worthwhile WTF.”
F.J. Bergmann “writes poetry and speculative fiction, often simultaneously. She has no academic literary qualifications, but hangs out a lot with people who do. Publications where her work has appeared include Analog, Apex Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, Pulp Literature, Spectral Realms, and a bunch of regular literary journals that should have known better. She is the winner of the SFPA Rhysling Award for both Short Poem and Long Poem and the Rannu Fund Speculative Literature Award for Poetry, and is the editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. A Viable Paradise alumna, she is the author of the chapbooks Out of the Black Forest (Centennial Press, 2012, winner of the SFPA Elgin Award), Constellation of the Dragonfly (Plan B Press, 2008), Aqua Regia (Parallel Press, 2007), Sauce Robert (Pavement Saw, Press 2003). One of her pseudopodia can reach all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. She frequents Wisconsin.”
Created by a group of graduate students in 2010, Gold Line Press aims to promote the work of emerging poets and fiction writers, as well as to elevate the chapbook form. The Gold Line Press editorial board does not adhere to any specific aesthetic approach. They seek out voices that deserve to be heard by a larger audience, whether those voices speak in formal or experimental verse and prose.
Their chapbooks are created with the intention of producing an elegant, perfect-bound book that is also an art object. Overall, their goal is to showcase exceptional emerging writers and reward them not only with publication, but also with broad distribution of their work to reviewers and bloggers. While most chapbooks have received only limited exposure in the past, their aim is to make the chapbook a more relevant medium and a truly useful tool for new writers who want to bring their work to a broader audience.
The Science Fiction Poetry Association congratulates F.J. on her win and looks forward to seeing A Catalog of the Further Suns soon!