Our colleagues at The Horror Writers Association have announced the preliminary ballot for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection. Ten books have currently been presented for initial consideration. The preliminary ballot nominees will find out later this year who makes the final ballot for a 2017 Bram Stoker Award:
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection:
- Betts, Matt – Underwater Fistfight (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
- Boston, Bruce and Manzetti, Alessandro – Sacrificial Nights (Kipple Officina Libraria)
- Collings, Michael R. – Corona Obscura: Poems Dark and Elemental (self-published)
- Cowen, David E. – The Seven Yards of Sorrow (Weasel Press)
- DiLouie, Craig and Moon, Jonathan – Children of God: Poems, Dreams, and Nightmares from the Family of God Cult (ZING Communications, Inc., Jonathan Moon.)
- Gailey, Jeannine Hall – Field Guide to the End of the World: Poems (Moon City Press)
- Lepovetsky, Lisa – Voices from Empty Rooms (Alban Lake)
- Lopez III, Aurelio Rico – Two Drinks Away from Chaos (Azoth Khem Publishing)
- Simon, Marge. – Small Spirits (Midnight Town Media)
- Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Brothel (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
To help celebrate and to promote these poets, the HWA Poetry Page is proud to present each poet’s favorite poem from their collection at their website. Be sure to check it out. Several of the books have been written by active members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. HWA was formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today—with over 1250 members in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, United Kingdom and the United States—it is considered by many to be the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.