SFPA October 2020 Round-Up

          Every month, SFPA members write lots of poetry, do readings, participate in interviews, all kinds of stuff. And every month, I ask them to let me know about it. I put the information onto a Big List, and around about the 5th or 6th of the next month, I share that list with all and sundry.

          Starting this month, readers of the SPECPO blog have become a part of the aforementioned all and sundry. So here’s what I know about what various members of SFPA got up to last month.


David C. Kopaska-Merkel

          poem, “The Hungry Void,” Kaleidotrope, Autumn 2020, http://www.kaleidotrope.net/autumn-2020/the-hungry-void-by-david-c-kopaska-merkel/

Ken Poyner

          2 poems, non-genre, “God Rests From Creation” & “Hurricane Survival”, Rat’s Ass, Winter 2020, http://www.ratsassreview.net

          poem, genre, “The Day When There is No Longer Any Way to Avoid the Apocalypse”, Fear of Monkeys #37, 9/26/2020, twinenterprises.com/the_fear_of_monkeys, #37

          poem, genre, “The Sea Serpents of Mars”, Bewildering Stories #876, http://www.bewilderingstories

          poem, genre, “The Natural Order”, Sein und Werden, Autumn 2020, http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/sein.html

Jenny Blackford

          poem, “Reserves of coping,” shortlisted and Highly Commended, Ipswich Poetry Feast 2020, https://www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au/writing-competition/competition-winners/

Akua Lezli Hope

          poem, “Serve”, New Verse News, October 16, 2020, https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/serve.html

          5 poems, “The Wall Beyond the Rage”, “Kwansaba for Jayne Cortez”, “Afro Funk”, “Evocateur for Eartha Kitt” and “Building History Lullaby”, The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed, Sundress Publications, October 19-23, 2020, https://sundressblog.com/2020/10/23/the-wardrobes-best-dressed-them-gone-by-akua-lezli-hope-10/, https://sundressblog.com/2020/10/22/the-wardrobes-best-dressed-them-gone-by-akua-lezli-hope-9/, https://sundressblog.com/2020/10/21/the-wardrobes-best-dressed-them-gone-by-akua-lezli-hope-8/, https://sundressblog.com/2020/10/20/the-wardrobes-best-dressed-them-gone-by-akua-lezli-hope-7, https://sundressblog.com/2020/10/20/the-wardrobes-best-dressed-them-gone-by-akua-lezli-hope-6

          3 poems, “Don’t use that word,” “Thank you,” and ” I envy you”,  About Place Journal, Works of Resistance, Resilience, October 2020, https://aboutplacejournal.org/issues/works-of-resistance-resilience/there-can-be-no-peace/akua-lezli-hope/

          3 poems ,”something she ate,” “crooked”, and “I did not plant”, Gnashing Teeth Halloween Special, October 31, 2020, https://gnashingteethpublishing.com/

          12 poem chapbook, Otherwheres, ArtFarm Press, October 30, 2020, https://tinyurl.com/otherwheresebook

          3 poems ,”something she ate,” “crooked”, and “I did not plant”, Gnashing Teeth Halloween special, October 31, 2020, https://gnashingteethpublishing.com/blog/something-she-ate-2/, https://gnashingteethpublishing.com/blog/crooked-2/ and https://gnashingteethpublishing.com/blog/i-did-not-plant-2/

          poem, “i did not plant”, Halloween Haiku (7 of 25), October 31, 2020,  https://haikuniverse.com/page/5/

          reading, The World Fantasy Convention, October 30, 2020, https://www.wfc2020.org/

          reading, Ferguson Interview Project, August 9, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBhMnXEajIE

          reading, Semocon, 9/19/20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM_qmvvvz3k

          reading, HawaiiCon, 9/25/2020, http://www.hawaiicon.com/

          panel, “Speculative Poetry: Tips for Writing the Best Verse in the ‘Verse,” https://tinyurl.com/roberconspecpowriting & reading, “Dramatic Journeys to Unknown Realms,” https://tinyurl.com/roberconspecporeading, Robercon, 9/26/2020, https://www.robercon.org/what-to-do/panels/

          reading, Poems on Hand Papermaking, NAHP conference, October 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2wsyYoDko8

          interview by LindaAnn LoSchiavo, The Poet Magazine, October 2020, https://www.thepoetmagazine.org/interview-with-akua-hope

Peter Roberts

          2 poems, print, “within the lines,” “sour sleep,” Illumen Vol. XVII, No. 1, Autumn 2020, Hiraeth Books, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/illumen-autumn-2020-edited-by-tyree-campbell

Deborah L. Davitt

          poem, spec, “The Queen of Heaven’s Children,” Polu Texni, The Magazine of Many Arts, October 25, 2020, http://www.polutexni.com/?p=10731

Colleen Anderson

          poem, “Telltale Moon,” Dreams and Nightmares #116, Oct. 2020, http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/2020/08/083020.html

          poem, “Monster,” Breath and Shadow, Oct. 2020, https://www.abilitymaine.org/bs2020fall/%22monster%22

G. O. Clark

          poem, “The Return”, Analog Science Fiction, Nov/Dec. 2020, http://www.analogsf.com

Robin Wyatt Dunn

          6 poems, “not any fire I know,” “no many not any,” “what can we number?”(1+2), “I don’t know,” “the ratio cut over the field,” La nécessaire déconstruction de l’éphémère #6, October 15, 2020, https://bit.ly/3lQUGgU

          chapbook, Kanata Means Village, Gypsy Daughter, September 23, 2020, https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/robin-wyatt-dunn/kanata-means-village/paperback/product-g9zr96.html

Geoffrey A. Landis

          poem, “Softness of the Night”, Purrfect Poems, Dream Well Writing Ltd., UK (2020) https://www.amazon.com/Purrfect-Poems-Various-Authors/dp/1916369588

          poem, non-genre, “Not a Literary Poem”, Beat Generation (National Beat Poetry Foundation 2020 anthology), Oct. 2020, https://www.bardconvirtual.com/beat-gen-anthology.html

Michael H. Payne

          31 poems, #194 – 224, Plague Year Poems: A Poem a Day for the Duration, October 1 – 31, 2020, http://pandora.xepher.net/images/plague.html

Ann K. Schwader

          poem, “Dark Matter Haunts Us,” Abyss & Apex, 4th Quarter 2020, https://www.abyssapexzine.com/2020/09/dark-matter-haunts-us/

Jane Yolen

          poem, “Holocaust Museum,” 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millenium, Ashland Poetry Press, January 2021, https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780912592848/101-jewish-poems-for-the-third-millennium.aspx

          9 poems, “Rituals of Approach,” “The Old Companions,” “Seize the Carp,” “Unintended Beauty,” “In This Winter of Life,” “A Chain of Proteins,” “Plowing Under,” “This Mask,” “Virus,” Meat for Tea Vol 14, Issue 3, October 2020, https://meatfortea.com/buy.htm

          poem, “Gretel’s Bone,” Asimov’s, Sept/Oct. 2020, http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?789572

          poem, “Mab’s Wedding,” F&SF, May/June 2020, https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/toc2005.htm

Blaize Kelly Strothers

          poem, “Dream Weaver,” Apparition Literary Magazine, Issue 12: Satisfaction, October 2020, https://apparitionlit.com/dream-weaver/

Juleigh Howard-Hobson

          poem, genre, “Shot Gun Ghost”, The Haunted Doll House’s 31 Poems of Halloween Special, Oct 3 2020, https://kristingarth.com/pink-plastic-house-a-tiny-journal/the-haunted-dollhouse/

          poem, genre-ish, “Dream Time” The Dream Journal, Oct 2, 2020, https://ilovedreamjournal.wordpress.com/2020/10/02/dream-time/

          poem, genre, “Old Ghosts”, No Contact Mag Issue 12: Tricks and Treats, Oct 22, 2020, https://www.nocontactmag.com/old-ghosts

          poem, non-genre “Memory” Resurrection Magazine, Oct 30, 2020, https://notesofadirtyyoungwoman.com/resurrection-mag/

          3 poems, genre, “Address to Young Pioneers” ,“Darwin Never Sailed up Here”, “Non Est Creata Natus Est” Utopia Science Fiction Magazine, Vol 2 Issue 2, Oct 30 2020, https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/product-page/october-2020-vol-2-issue-02

Peter Payack

          poem, “soular”, selected by the nationwide “Commonlit” program as part of its High School curriculum, https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/soular

          poem, “protozoan pride”, Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2020, http://www.asimovs.com

Jason O’Toole

          poem/collage (block out), “Information Discharge,” The Alien Buddha’s Block Party, The Alien Buddha Press, Oct. 3, 2020, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KJ6692D

          poem, “Summer League,” Boog City, Iss. 137, The Baseball Issue, Oct. 2020, https://wordpress.boogcity.com/boog-city-paper/boog-city-137-the-baseball-issue/summer-league/

          reading, Belmont Authors and Beyond Read-Aloud Ep.12, 10/19/20, https://www.belmontmedia.org/watch/belmont-authors-and-beyond-read-aloud-ep12-10192020

          2 poems “American League East” & “Traducer,” Madness Muse Press, Oct. 2020, https://madnessmusepresssite.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/jason-otoole/ & https://madnessmusepresssite.wordpress.com/2020/10/24/jason-otoole-3/

Robert Borski

          poem, “20,001 (Debitage)”, The House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Vol. 2. https://houseofzolo.com/house-of-zolos-journal-of-speculative-literature-volume-2/

Wendy Van Camp

          panelist, “Modern Age of Poetry”, Virtual MileHiCon 52, October 25, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFBTIFnwOjY

Mary Soon Lee

          poem, “How to Commemorate the Big Bang,” Uppagus #42, October 2020, https://uppagus.com/poems/soon-lee-bang/

          poem, “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Cat’s Perspective,” Typehouse Literary Magazine, Volume 7, No. 2, Issue 20, https://typehousemagazine.com/

Lori R. Lopez

          song, YouTube Video, “The Fairyflies – Against The Knife (Acoustic Version)”, October 13, 2020, https://youtu.be/gJM7-GCF2CQ

          poem (genre), “Autumn’s Descent”, Tales from the Moonlit Path, Halloween 2020 Issue, October 29, 2020, http://talesmoonlitpath.com/poetry-2/autumns-descent/

          4 poems (genre), “The Imperfect Storm”, “Bitter Sweet”, “Inner Demon”, “Shudderous Qualms”, The Sirens Call Ezine, Issue 51, Halloween/Fall, August 2020, http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_October2020.pdf

Gerri Leen

          prose poem, “Anything for the Mission,” Erato: Flash Fiction, New Smut Project, October 2020, https://www.amazon.com/Erato-Flash-Fiction-Smut-Project-ebook/dp/B08FF5NLLJ

          poem, “Excess Baggage” Not One of Us, Issue 64B, October 2020, https://not-one-of-us.pub/latest-issues/64-2020/

          poem, “Neith and Her Women” The Future Fire, Issue 55, October 2020, http://futurefire.net/2020.55/fiction/neith.html

Lisa Timpf

          poem, genre, “Planets With Two Moons,” Spaceports and Spidersilk, Hiraeth Publishing, October 2020, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/spaceports-spidersilk-october-2020-edited-by-marcie-lynn-tentchoff

          poems, genre, “For Leonard,” “Ghost Planet,” “History Waits to be Written,” and “Wings of Wax,” Stellar Evolutions, the Best Short Stories and Poems of Polar Borealis Magazine’s First Fifteen Issues, RainWood Press, https://www.amazon.ca/Stellar-Evolutions-Rhea-Rose-ebook/dp/B08KQ3F74G

          poem, genre, “ABC’s of Sci-Fi Nightmares,” Polar Borealis, Issue 16, October 2020, http://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/POLAR-BOREALIS-16-Sep-Oct-2020.pdf

          poem, genre, “Into the Sea,” Utopia Science Fiction, Vol. 2, Issue 2, October 2020, https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/product-page/october-2020-vol-2-issue-02

Denise Dumars

          3 haiku, “Outstreched hands,” “Spring wind,” Naga serpent”, A Sonic Boom of Stars: 2020 Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology, https://www.facebook.com/SoCalHaiku, reading, Oct 17, 2020 2:00 pm PST on Zoom

          poem, “In the Back Between,” Spectrum 24: Open the Door, https://spectrumpublishing.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR29TTarB922TM94haK3CiyidIG-QPssECLg27nod_bfUzorPJ1C9vDXW20, reading, Saturday, August 29th,  2020, 3-5 pm PST, on Zoom


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