2017 Rhysling Poets Showcase #3

IMG_8428Welcome to the latest showcase of 2017 Rhysling Award-nominated poets. Their poetry can be found in full in the Anthology (which if you are a member, you will receive and if you are not, you may purchase a PDF or pre-order the print anthology now), but we will link to the nominated poems here where possible (some poems appear only in print but we are working on getting around that…).

So, here meet the next six poets from the 2017 Rhysling Anthology:


  • Bernier, Lore • “Exploratory Colony 454—15th May, 2052” • Eye to the Telescope 20
  • Betts, Matt • “I Left My Heart in San Francisco. I Left Yours Somewhere in Colorado …” • Underwater Fistfight (Raw Dog Screaming Press) “Spoiler Alert” • Underwater Fistfight (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Wheeler, Lesley • “Absentation” • Thrush Poetry Journal November
  • Wilgus, Neal • “Quack” • Dreams and Nightmares 104
  • Williams, Jane • “The Memory Machines” • The Pedestal Magazine 79


Lore B14185504ernier is a singer, artist, writer, and poet living in South Florida. Her writing, thoughts and art are online at loralyearts.tumblr.com/. Her writing can be found in Arcana The Tarot Poetry Anthology, Eye to the Telescope, and Unto Heself: a Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses from Bibliotheca Alexandrina.


mattbettsMatt Betts has a pop culture addiction to bad movies, 80s cartoons, and cheesy horror. His steampunk adventure novel Odd Men Out and urban fantasy Indelible Ink are both available from Dog Star Books. Matt’s poetry is collected in See No Evil, Say No Evil and Underwater Fistfight. His work also appears in numerous journals, websites, magazines and anthologies. His online home is www.mattbetts.com.

Lesley WheelerVirginia resident Lesley Wheeler is a professor, writer, and poet. Wheeler has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation (New Zealand), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the American Association of University Women. Wheeler’s books include Radioland, HeterotopiaHeathenVoicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920’s to the Present The Poetics of Enclosure: American Women Poets from Dickinson to Dove, and the chapbook Scholarship Girl. Her poems and essays appear in Slate, Gettysburg Review, Cimarron Review, Crazyhorse,  Poetry, and many other journals. Learn more at lesleywheeler.org.

nwilgus-1Neal Wilgus has been writing poetry, short fiction, satire and book reviews for more than forty years. His work has appeared in The Ecphorizer, Bard, The King in Yellow: An Anthology, Science Fiction Review, Black Petals, The Rhysling Anthology, and many more.  His collection, The Ozoids: Limericks in Oz was released in 1986.


williamsPoet, writer, and photographer Jane Williams lives in Tasmania, Australia. Her poems have been published in periodicals and online in countries including Australia, Ireland, the United States, Canada, England, Japan, Sweden and India. Her first collection Outside Temple Boundaries won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award in 1998. Jane’s other works include The Last Tourist, Begging the Question, City of Possibilities, and Days Like These – selected and new poems 1998-2013. Her online home is janewilliams.wordpress.com. Jane’s writing appears in Writing to the Wire, Best Australian Poems 2015, Women’s Work, and others.


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