2017 SFPA Grand Master: David C. Kopaska-Merkel

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association is pleased to announce that poet David C. Kopaska-Merkel has been selected by our international membership as the SFPA Grand Master of 2017.  He is now the 7th poet in the world to hold this distinction.

The designation of SFPA Grand Master is conferred by the SFPA President with the consensus of the membership to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who hasbeen actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has been noted to be exceptional in merit, scope, vision and innovation. It is the feeling of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association that David C. Kopaska-Merkel fulfills all of these qualifications. The SFPA only confers Grand Master awards once a year, and may, in some years, opt not to award it at all.

In his nomination, it was noted by Herb Kauderer that “David C. Kopaska-Merkel’s dedicated work has helped SFPA alive, serving first as Star*Line editor from 1996-2002, and then as President.  In 1986 David founded Dreams & Nightmares (D&N), one of the best and most enduring venues for speculative poetry, and has edited and published the magazine for more than thirty years, with the current issue numbered 105.  D&N has encouraged new poets and artists and paid prozine rates while doing it.  David has published extensively in most major markets, and won the Rhysling Long Poem award with Kendall Evans in 2006 for “The Tin Men” while Luminosity was a nominee for the 2014 Elgin Award. He also maintains a poetry blog and was a featured poet guest at ICFA, 2013.  For exceptional service to SFPA and speculative poetry, as publisher and editor, and for a large body of excellent poems, David C. Kopaska-Merkel is nominated for the SFPA Grand Master Award.”

David C. Kopaska-Merkel presently serves as the chair of the 2017 Rhysling Awards and has at least two volumes of poetry forthcoming in the near future. We thank him for his service over the previous decades and what will certainly continue to be exceptional literary contributions in the decades ahead. Be sure to visit Dreams & Nightmares

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