The 2018 SFPA Officer Elections are underway! Voting is open to all current dues-paying members. Current positions open are Vice-President and Secretary. Members received instructions on how to vote by e-mail in the current issue of Star*Line 40.4. Voting closes on December 15th. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Vice President Candidates:
F.J. Bergmann (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) has been a member of SFPA since 2007, its webmaster since 2010 and recently stepped down from 5 years as Star*Line editor. She has also done layout and mailing for other SFPA publications, as well as serving as the SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest Chair in 2016 and as webmaster for Eye to the Telescope. She regularly participates in speculative and other poetry readings, workshops and convention panels, and is a 3-time National Poetry Slam team competitor. She is the poetry editor, art editor and webmaster for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com), and is the managing editor for MadHat Press (madhat-press.com).
Joyce Chng “Hello, I live in Singapore. My fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II,We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. I also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. My recent space opera novels deal with wolf clans and vineyards. I also write speculative poetry, with recent ones in Rambutan Literary and Uncanny Magazine. Occasionally, I wrangle article editing at Strange Horizons and Umbel & Panicle, a poetry about and for plants and botany. Alter-ego J. Damask writes about werewolves in Singapore. You can find me at awolfstale.wordpress.com and @jolantru on Twitter. I have a keen interest in promoting and highlighting Asian voices (both American and diaspora) in speculative poetry. Likewise, I would like to see more international voices represented in speculative poetry. As vice-president, I would be a firm supporter for diverse and marginalized voices in science fiction and speculative poetry. ”
Richard Chwedyk is a Nebula Award-winning fiction writer, poet, and teacher. He was also a nominee for the Hugo, Rhysling and Sturgeon awards. He has never been a vice president of anything, but his thirty-plus years experience in the newspaper business and his status on various academic committees at Columbia College Chicago (not to mention his being president of his building’s condo board) have provided him with experience in making quick, sensible and occasionally even pragmatic decisions commensurate with the position. He’s always willing to lend a hand when and where he can.
Jean-Paul Garnier “Hello, I am a SF writer and poet living in the Mojave Desert. I own a small used bookstore called Space Cowboy that specializes in Science Fiction, hosts poetry readings and book release parties, publishes chapbooks, and gives free books to kids. On top of running the bookstore I work as a freelance editor. I have been a member of the SFPA for three years and would love to further my involvement by running for the Vice Presidency position. As VP I would work towards expanding awareness of the SFPA, provide a venue for SFPA events, and work towards increasing membership while encouraging non-SF poets to try out the wonderful world of speculative poetry.” jplgarnier.blogspot.com and spacecowboybooks.com
Herb Kauderer “I would be happy to be a candidate for Vice President of SFPA. I am currently a lifetime member, having first joined SFPA in 1989. I have been a prolific speculative poet since that time. A select resume of volunteer & committee work includes Editor (basically data inputter) at Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDb.org) since December 2016; Staff Reader at R.KV.R.Y. Quarterly Literary Journal since September 2015; Hilbert College Curriculum Committee 2007–present, four-time chair; Search Committee for Interim Provost May–June 2016; Hilbert College Faculty Senate Secretary April 2014–May 2016, Hilbert College Grievance Committee Fall 2009–Fall 2013; Hilbert College Faculty Handbook Committee 2006–2007, 2010–2016; Historian Great Lakes Chapter of SCA, Inc. 1993–1996; ConCom ContraDiction SF Convention 1988–1998; President Great Lakes Chapter of SCA, Inc. June 1987–August 1990; President Buffalo Chapter of SCA, Inc. July 1985–June 1987; and Newsletter Editor Buffalo Chapter of SCA, Inc. March 1980-June 1982.”
Jo Bangphraxay “Hi, I’m excited to run for Secretary of the SFPA. I’m Lao-American and enjoy wearing many hats as an artist, teacher, and mother. I love all things science fiction from graphic novels to films to poetry. I’m running because I want to get more involved.”
Jaymee Goh is a writer of fiction, poetry, and academese from Malaysia who moved to Canada for tertiary education. A graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop 2016, she just finished a dissertation at the University of California, Riverside, about whiteness in steampunk. She has been published in Strange Horizons, inkscrawl and Stone Telling. She knows how to keep lists, tasks, and people in order. She thought she enjoyed poetry, and then she discovered science fiction poetry, so now she really knows it.
Renee Ya is a Hmong American writer, photographer, and space shamen who has been volunteering at SFPA for the last three years with varying capacity from keeper of the voting forms to periodic updates to the website. As such, she is now considering going all in and is running for the recently vacant Secretary position. With a strong love of all things tentacles, she has her grasp on many knobs and dials in many of the underpinnings logistics-wise behind the scenes at SFPA. She spends her days vanquishing evil spirits in the name of the moon in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she’s not saving the world she’s a Project Manager in the video game industry by trade.
The SFPA appreciates all of our candidates who have stepped forward and we look forward to working together with everyone as we enter our 40th anniversary in 2018!