Hello, friends! Welcome to the next episode of the 2017 Rhysling Poets’ Showcase.
And, by the way, happy National Poetry Month!
Today I’m pleased and honored to introduce six more poets whose Rhysling-nominated poems you can read in the Anthology. If you are a member of the SFPA, you will receive a print copy of that anthology.
If you aren’t a member, you may purchase a PDF or pre-order the print anthology now). As noted before, we will link to the nominated poems here where possible. (Some poems appear only in print but we are working on getting around that).
Okay, here we go, the next six Rhysling nominee poets.
- Brown, Josh • “Star Dust” • Illumen 25 • (Poem not available online)
- Buchanan, Rebecca • “Dame Evergreen” • Faerie Magazine, Winter
- Burch, Susan • “appendage sale” • Star*Line 39.2
- Tsamaase, Tlotlo • “I Will Be Your Grave” • Strange Horizons, 7 November
- Van Berkum, KH • “The Fantasy of Hans Christian Andersen” • Strange Horizons, 8 February
- Vang, Burlee • “To Live In The Zombie Apocalypse” • Poem-A-Day, Academy of American Poets, December 20
Josh Brown is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota–Duluth with a degree in English Literature, he has spent the fast fifteen years in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. An active member of SFPA, his work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and more. His essay “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit” was recently featured in Critical Insights: The Hobbit (Salem Press, 2016). He served as editor for issue 20 of Eye to the Telescope, the official online journal of the SFPA. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine, Eternal Haunted Summer. She has been previously published, or has work forthcoming, in Cliterature, Eye to the Telescope, Faerie Magazine, Polu Texni, Quantum Fairy Tales, and other venues. She has published two short story collections with Asphodel Press: A Witch Among Wolves, and Other Pagan Tales and The Serpent in the Throat, and Other Pagan Tales.
Susan Burch is an award-winning poet who served as judge for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award this year. Last year she won the Maiden Kukai of Bangladesh and In 2015 won First Place in the Golden Haiku Contest and Silver Prize (second) in the Ito-En Art of Haiku Contest. In 2014 she won Third Place in the Haiku Society of America’s Gerald Brady Senryu Contest and was runner-up in the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award. Burch served as the judge for the First Annual Senryu Contest hosted by the journal Sonic Boom and has won various awards for her tanka poetry. She resides in Hagerstown, Maryland, with her husband and daughter, and loves to read and do puzzles.
Tlotlo Tsamaase is a Motswana writer of fiction, poetry, and architectural articles. Her poems have appeared in Strange Horizons and Elsewhere Lit. Fiction has been published in Terraform, the anthology An Alphabet of Embers (Stone Bird Press), and The Fog Horn. Tsamaase also won first prize in both the Bessie Head Literature Awards and the Black Crake Book Awards. Visit her at https://tsamaasetlotlo.wixsite.com/writing.
KH Van Berkum is a New England–based poet and teacher whose poems have appeared in such publications as Curio Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Eunoia Review. She is an MFA Candidate in Poetry and Teaching Fellow at Boston University. She has also been an editor for Spoke, a Poetry Annual. She lives in Cambridge, where she can often be spotted dog-walking or spontaneously dancing.
Burlee Vang is the author of The Dead I Know: Incantation for Rebirth (Swan Scythe Press, 2010) and coeditor of How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). His prose and poetry have also appeared in Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, and North American Review, among others. Also a filmmaker, he was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2011 Nicholl Award. Vang is the founder of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle (http://hmongwriters.org/).