2017 Rhysling Poets Showcase #20

IMG_8791-1Welcome to the very last 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’ll do our best). With this, the conclusion of the amazingly large and diverse list of nominees for the Rhysling this year, it’s a pleasure to be able to introduce (or re-introduce) so many gifted poets to the reading public.

Herb Kauderer


Herb Kauderer is a retired Teamster (local 264), who somehow grew up to become an associate professor of English at Hilbert College. Along the way he’s written an awful lot.  For more about his extensive catalogue of works, please see http://www.herbkauderer.com.


Eun-byeol Kim is a Korean-Chinese-American author, equestrienne, calligrapher, and editor with too many books and not enough bookshelves. She grew up in the California Bay Area, studied in upstate New York, and is now an MA candidate in Washington, DC. In her (non-existent) spare time, she is a practitioner of krav maga, a self-defence instructor, and a volunteer at her local fire department. You can find her on twitter at @kim_eunbyeol.

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence is the author of several novels and a collection of pagan-oriented poetry entitled Listening for their Voices. She considers herself all of the following: “Book addict, poet, crazy cat lady, garden junkie, published author, pagan, very left-wing, grandma.”


Muriel LeungMuriel Leung is from Queens, NY. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost ProposalJellyfish Magazine, inter|rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. She is also a poetry reader for Apogee Journal. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. Her first book Bone Confetti was published by Noemi Press in October 2016.

Darren LipmanDarren Lipman graduated from NC State University with his master’s in mathematics and a minor in poetry. He’s currently moving from his hometown of Asheboro, NC, to Milwaukee, where he’ll teach high school mathematics as a Teach for America 2016 corps member. Find him at thewritingwolf.wordpress.com, with fiction and poetry at silentsol.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Writingwolf2010


S Quouyi LuS. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator whose work has appeared in Clarkesworld and inkscrawl. They enjoy destroying speculative fiction as a dread member of the queer Asian SFFH illuminati. S. lives in Ohio with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. You can visit their site at s.qiouyi.lu or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.


We, and by that is meant all the writers here at SpecPo (Matt Betts, Deborah Davitt, Vince Gotera, Christina Rau, Diane Severson Mori, Shannon Connor Winward and Bryan Thao Worra), would like to that you for taking this journey with us – our first Rhysling Poets’ Showcase. Very often, poet biographies are not included in anthologies, and for space reasons, the Rhysling Anthology is no exception. We do believe that it is important or at least interesting to meet the person behind that imaginative, thought-provoking, beautiful, moving, amazing poem and we hope you’ve enjoyed learning about them and reading some great poetry along the way! Until next year!

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