2017 Rhysling Poets Showcase #7



Welcome to the seventh 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 order the print anthology now), but we will link to the nominated poems here where possible.



  • Anton Cancre  • “A Bug in the System” • Quick Shivers about Bugs (Cosmonomic Multimedia)
  • Shari Caplan  • “One Canoe” • Nonbinary Review 11: Anne of Green Gables


AntonCancreTeacher by day, and writer by every other waking hour, Anton Cancre’s work has appeared in Jamais Vu, The Horror Zine, D.O.A. II, Infernal Ink Magazine, and Aliens Among Us. He regularly reviews for publications like HorrorNews.Net and Shroud Magazine. Anton is coeditor of Recompose, a journal of interstitial short works. He nests online at antoncancre.blogspot.com.


sharicaplanPoet and actress Shari Caplan is a believer in the power of the arts to transform and sustain lives. She is the author of Advice from a Siren (Dancing Girl Press). Her work appears in Zoetic Press, Drunk Monkeys, and Deluge and is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review Her work has earned her a scholarship to The Home School in Hudson, NY as well as a grant for the Vermont Studio Center. Caplan has worked as a reader for Sugar House Review, and as co-editor of Soundings East. Shari received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University. For more about Shari Caplan go to www.sharicaplan.com.




Dennis Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston (Floating Bridge Press, 2012). His work has appeared in Bluestem, Crab Creek Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and assorted other journals and anthologies, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His dorky and not-very-compatible website may be found at denniscaswell.com.



Speculative writer and poet Bogi Takács holds master’s degrees in psychology and theoretical linguistics, and is currently a PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Science PhD program at the University of Iowa, as a Presidential Graduate Research Fellow. Bogi’s work has been published or is upcoming in venues like Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Apex, Clarkesworld, Ideomancer, Bracken Magazine and more. You can learn more about Bogi through www.prezzey.net.



Ann Thornfield-Long
 has poems and prose in The Tennessee MagazineSilver BladeTennessee Women of Vision and Courage and The Tennessee Sampler and was awarded a 2017 Weymouth writing residency. Ann is a contributing editor to the literary anthology, In God’s Hand. She has also worked as a nurse and first responder and dispatcher for The Norris Volunteer Fire Department.




Ali Trotta is a serious coffee addict. She’s also a poet, editor, dreamer, and self-described word–nerd. Her poetry collection is called I Don’t Love you Pretty, and you can find more of her work at Uncanny Magazine. When she isn’t word–wrangling, you can find her doing a multitude of things, including cooking, baking, hanging out in parking lots, and/or pretending to be a mermaid. She’s currently reviewing television shows for Blastoff Comics. You can read her blog at http://alwayscoffee.wordpress.com.


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