Happy birthday to Marge Simon, an SFPA Grand Master in poetry. We applaud her decades of writing and community building. She has been a tireless volunteer with Science Fiction Poetry Association, and was a previous president of the SFPA.
She freelances as a writer-poet-illustrator for genre and mainstream publications such as Nebula Awards 32, Strange Horizons, Flashquake, Flash Me Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares, Star*Line, The Pedestal Magazine, and Vestal Review.
Marge Simon frequently collaborates with other authors and artists in addition to her solo work. She has been the guest editor of Eye to the Telescope, and she edits the column “Blood and Spades: Poets of the Dark Side” for the monthly newsletter of the Horror Writers Association.
Among her awards for her poetry are the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award, the Dwarf Stars Award, and the Strange Horizons Readers Award. She has also illustrated five Bram Stoker Award collections. You can visit her online at margesimon.com
Her books include Naughty Ladies, Sweet Poison (with Mary Turzillo), Dangerous Dreams (with Sandy De Luca), Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Christina’s World, Legends of the Fallen Sky (with Malcolm Deeley), Dragon Soup (with Mary Turzillo). Like Birds in the Rain, Night Smoke (with Bruce Boston), The Dragon’s Dictionary (with Mary Turzillo), City of a Thousand Gods (with Malcolm Deeley), THE FOUR ELEMENTS, (with Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison) and the Stoker-winning collections Vampires, Zombies, and Wanton Souls and Vectors: A Week in the Death of a Planet (with Charlee Jacob).
We appreciate all of the tremendous work she has put into the SFPA and sharing her voice and the voices of so many others with her unique and distinctive style. She has been deeply committed to a sense of fairness and creating a space for new and diverse voices, as well as remembering our elders in the speculative poetry community. We look forward to seeing what’s next for her, and encourage you to take a look at her verse.