SFPA April 2023 Round-Up

Showers turn to flowers this time of year, I’ve been told. So here’s a little of both with regard to what various members of the organization have been up to lately.


David C. Kopaska-Merkel

4 poems, “can’t talk my teen self,” “Cinderella,” “Ice Age wanes,” “Mom and Dad’s,” Synchronized Chaos, mid-April, 2023, synchchaos.com

poem, “signal drops,” Five Fleas, afternoon of April 13, 2023, https://fivefleas.blogspot.com/2023/04/afternoon-of-april-13-2023.html

2 poems, “Last Night in Dunwich” and “Night Fishing,” print, Weird House Magazine #2, April 2023, weirdhousepress.com

Lorraine Schein

poem, “Zodiac Station, ” Michigan Quarterly—SomaFlights #622, Spring 2023, https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2023/03/meet-our-contributors-issue-622-spring-2023/

poem, “Beyondness,” Penumbric Vol. 6 #6, April 2023, https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/scheinBeyondness.html

Jeff Oliver and Dan Verkys

collection, Infinite Black: Tales From The Abyss, Feb 2023, https://www.lulu.com/shop/jeff-oliver-and-dan-verkys/infinite-black/hardcover/product-rpym66.html

Carina Bissett

poem, online, “Between Scylla and Charybdis,” The Future Fire, April 2023. http://futurefire.net/2023.65/fiction/between.html

Robert Frazier

poem, “Searchin’ Every Which A-Way”, Analog Science Fiction, May/June 2023, https://www.analogsf.com/current-issue/

poem, “A Caution: On Being One of the Invisibles” Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2023, https://www.asimovs.com/current-issue/

Angela Acosta

3 poems, “Oración para los antiguos viajeros de la Tierra”, “Matriarca”, “Las joyas de la Vía Láctea,” Azahares Literary Magazine, April 2023, https://uafs.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/college-of-arts-and-sciences/departments/resources/azahares.php

poem, “Invertebrate Gazebo,” Apparition Literary Magazine, Issue 22, April 2023, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C2JMHF6W

poem, “Done Away with the Light-Years,” Frivolous Comma, April 2023, https://www.frivolouscomma.com/fiction/done-away-with-the-light-years/

Michael H. Payne

2 poems, pages 1719 & 1721, Terebinth, April 3 & 17, 2023, http://pandora.xepher.net/terebinth/tbarchiv/20230403.html & http://pandora.xepher.net/terebinth/tbarchiv/20230417.html

Mahaila Smith

poem, “Haze,” The Ekphrastic Challenge, The Ekphrastic Review, April 21, 2023 https://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-challenges/mufide-kadri-ekphrastic-writing-responses

Wendy Van Camp

2 scifaiku series, “Cosmological Speed” & “Ode to James Webb”, The Starlight Scifaiku Review, Spring 2023, https://starshipsloane.com/the-starlight-scifaiku-review-spring-2023-issue-3/

editor, Anaheim Poetry Review, April 2023, https://anaheimpoetry.com

interview by David Leonhardt, “What is a poet laureate?”, April 2, 2023, https://thgmwriters.com/blog/poet-laureate-definition/

presentation, “Proclamation for National Poetry Month”, April 4th, Anaheim City Council Chambers, https://anaheim.granicus.com/player/clip/2971?view_id=2&redirect=true&h=6bc6e62350441e9a013d1d70f7dbf7de

presentation, ”Every Word Matters: Using Poetry Concepts To Enrich Your Prose”, April 8th, The Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, https://iasfs.in/

organizer, host, Anaheim Poetry Review Launch Party, April 11th, https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200024350882709

panel, “Imaginative Verse: A Reading and Discussion of Speculative Poetry”, AnaCon, April 15, https://www.anaheim.net/4743/AnaCon

panels, “Form Poetry”, “Techniques and Tips for Online Readings”, “Fanfiction: Relevant, Valid, Good”, “Care and Feeding of the Editorial Brain & Body”, “Creating a Chapbook: How To”, Flights of Foundry, April 14-16, https://flights-of-foundry.org

workshop, “Prompts to Poetry: A generative speculative poetry workshop”, April 14, Flights of Foundry, http://flights-of-foundry.org

S. T. Eleu

2 poems, non-genre, “Spectrum Note 2: #you’reanation” & “Spectrum Note 24: #spectruminthespotlight”, New Feathers Anthology, https://www.newfeathersanthology.com/spectrum-note-2-youreanation.html#/ & https://www.newfeathersanthology.com/spectrum-note-24-spectruminthespotlight.html#/

Deborah L. Davitt

chapbook, From Voyages Unending, Aqueduct Press, Conversations Series, http://www.aqueductpress.com/books/978-1-61976-242-8.php

Jeff Oliver and Dan Verkys

collection, Infinite Black: Tales From The Abyss, April, 6th 2023, https://www.lulu.com/shop/jeff-oliver-and-dan-verkys/infinite-black/paperback/product-r5e9m6.html

Mary Soon Lee

poem, “The Qilin Visits the Zoo,” Penumbric, Volume VI, Issue 6, April 2023, https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/leeQilin.html

Carol Edwards

collection, The World Eats Love, The Ravens Quoth Press, April 25, 2023, https://www.theravensquoth.press/the-world-eats-love-by-carol-edwards/

Lorraine Schein

poem, “A Ghostly Slice,” Diet Milk, Spring/Summer II, 2023, https://ko-fi.com/s/297cb43c60

James Dorr

3 poems, “Let’s All Go To The Movies,” “Last, Shoemaker Stick To,” and “Existential Vamp,” The Ryder, April/May 2023, https://online.flippingbook.com/view/270807383/

Robin Wyatt Dunn

poem, “don’t say what it is”, Dissident Voice, April 16, 2023, https://dissidentvoice.org/2023/04/dont-say-what-it-is/

Daniel Ausema

poem, “Hands That Cannot Grasp,” Kaleidotripe, Spring 2023, https://kaleidotrope.net/spring-2023/hands-that-cannot-grasp-by-daniel-ausema/

C. H. Lindsay

poem, “The Frumious Jubjub,” Fantasy Magazine, April 2023, https://www.fantasy-magazine.com/fm/poetry/the-frumious-jubjub/

Mariel Herbert

poem, genre, “Nursery Rhymes,” The Ekphrastic Challenges, April 2023, https://www.ekphrastic.net/the-ekphrastic-challenges

8 poems, genre, “Sijo,” ”Three Haiku for Mad Scientists,” [faerie knight], [final call], [partial thaw], [boundary crossing], [pruning], & [denied magics], Lothlorien Poetry Journal 20, Spring 2023, https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2023/02/ten-sijo-haiku-senryu-poems-by-mariel.html

poem, genre, [sharing], horror senryu journal, April 2023, https://horrorkujournal.blogspot.com/2023/04/mariel-herbert.html

10 poems, non-genre, “Ten Haiku by…Mariel Herbert,” first frost, Spring 2023, https://www.firstfrostpoetry.com/marielherbert

Lauren McBride

poem, “I’ll Cry Later”, genre, Abyss & Apex, April 2023, https://www.abyssapexzine.com/2023/03/ill-cry-later/

poem, “leafless trees”, non-genre, Optical Evocation Art Show by Melinda Martin, Brunswick Library, Brunswick, GA, April 2023, https://moglibraries.org/events/featured-artist-melinda-martin

E.F. Schraeder

3 poems, “TransHuman,” “In the Absence of Human(kind),” “Welcome to the TransVerse”, Sinister Wisdom, vol 128: Trans/Feminisms, Spring 2023, https://www.sinisterwisdom.org/sw128

G. O. Clark

poem, “Three Hearts As One”, Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2023. http://www.asimov’s.com

poem, “I Am Providence”, Lovecraftiana (GB), Vol. 8, No. 1, April 25, 2023, https://www.amazon.com/Lovecraftiana-Vol-Issue-Walpurgisnacht-2023/dp/B0C2SRHCH6/

Shelly Jones

poem, “Penelope Learns to Weave a Double Helix,” 34 Orchard, Issue 7, Spring 2023, https://34orchard.files.wordpress.com/2023/04/34-orchard-issue-7-spring-2023-1.pdf

poem, “A Gardener’s Guide to Grief,” Thanatos Review, Issue 2, Spring 2023, https://www.thanatosreview.com/items-1/a-gardener’s-guide-to-grief

Robin Rose Graves

poem, “Robot & other poems,” The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Spring 2023, https://starshipsloane.com/the-starlight-scifaiku-review-spring-2023-issue-3/

Colleen Anderson

poem, “First Day of Spring,” Songs of Eretz Spring: Growth, Apr. 2023, http://www.songsoferetz.com/

poem, “The Wronged,” Penumbric Vol. VI #6, Apr. 2023, https://www.penumbric.com/currentissue/andersonWronged.html

poem, “Dweller of the Deep,” Weird House #2, Apr. 2023, https://www.weirdhousepress.com/product/weird-house-magazine-2/

interview, Exercise Your Writes: Season 2 Episode 13: “Colleen Anderson, Presidential Poet,” Apr. 2023, https://angelaysmith.com/2023/04/colleen-anderson-presidential-poet/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwfPjagYTDk&list=PL49DVVY0PV1TM0bvvcq5Ot5N8xdlkiyJs&index=2

interview, Into the Looking Glass 2.1: Speculative Poetry from Both Sides of the Editor’s Desk, Apr. 2023, https://podbay.fm/p/into-the-looking-glass-exploring-the-magic-behind-speculative-poetry/e/1680035455

interview, Exercise your Writes, “SFPA Award and Collection,” Apr. 12, 2023, https://angelaysmith.com/2023/04/sfpa-creates-new-presidents-award/

Tim Jones

poem, “Restraints,” Ōrongohau | Best New Zealand Poems 2022, International Institute of Modern Letters, April 2023, https://www.bestnewzealandpoems.org.nz/2022-contents/tim-jones/

Catherine Rockwood

poem, “To the Witch of Edmonton, Her Familiar’s Love,” Coffin Bell Journal 6.2, April 2023, https://coffinbell.com/to-the-witch-of-edmonton-her-familiars-love/

poem, “The Surgeon of a Whaler,” Bad Lilies issue 13, April 2023, https://www.badlilies.uk/catherine-rockwood

Jean-Paul L. Garnier

2 poems, “The Telepathy Machine” & “The Answering Machine”, Altered Reality Magazine, Spring 2023, https://www.alteredrealitymag.com/the-telepathy-machine/ & https://www.alteredrealitymag.com/the-answering-machine-by-jean-paul-l-garnier/

Noah Berlatsky

2 poems, “Short Poem with ChatGPT”, “Philosophy,” dadakuku, April 2023, https://dadakuku.com/category/noah-berlatsky/

poem, “The 1945 Project,” New Feathers Anthology, April 2023, https://www.newfeathersanthology.com/the-1945-project.html#/

11 poems, “The algorithm,” “All day,” “At last,” “Dragons,” “Everything Is Better,” “Insomnia,” “Past Midnight,” “The movie ends,” “There was a time,” “The tree shadow,” “When you are a cat,” Five Fleas (Itchy Poetry), April 2023. https://fivefleas.blogspot.com/2023/04/

poem, “The DaVinci Code, Cracked,” Oddball Magazine, April 2023, https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-noah-berlatsky/

4 poems, “Have You Listened, Truly Listened?” “Tiny House,” “To the Twilight of Freedom” and “What Was Your Face Before Your Mother Was Born?” Synchronized Chaos, April 2023, https://synchchaos.com/poetry-from-noah-berlatsky-2/

Richard Magahiz

poem, genre, “when the gotchaberries bloom again,” dadakuku, https://dadakuku.com/2023/04/02/when-the-gotchaberries-bloom-again/

4 poems, genre, “[Century 31], “[triangles for lunch]”,”[curtsies to Dalmatia]”, and “[egoless at last],” Five Fleas, https://fivefleas.blogspot.com/2023/04/morning-of-april-3-2023.html

poem, genre, “Sarafina’s sparklicious adventure,” Bewildering Stories 992, http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue992/sarafina.html

3 poems, genre, “Finger guns salute,” “On your equipment,” and “Your color palette, 2011,” Chrome Baby, Bairn 121, https://robindunn.com/bairn121.html

2 poems, genre, “[true true true],” and “[stacks of stolen kisses],” Five Fleas, https://fivefleas.blogspot.com/2023/04/evening-of-april-22-2023.html 

5 poems, genre, “Rations rejected by angels,” “The sport of technocrats,” “London forgives the flaws in the telling,” “The mirror-backed cabinet in oak,” “A visit to Wernicke’s ineffable land,” “Location, location, location,” and “Cendrillon la belle,” otoliths, https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2023/03/richard-magahiz.html

Dennis Maulsby

poem “Warped and Cracked,” The Briar Cliff Review Volume 35, Spring 2023, https://www.bcreview.org/

poem, “The Mercenary,” Space & Time Issue 142, Winter 2022, https://spaceandtime.net/

H. Russell Smith

9 senryu, The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Starship Sloane Publishing, Spring 2023 (issue #3),  https://starshipsloane.com/the-starlight-scifaiku-review-spring-2023-issue-3/

Lori R. Lopez

poem, genre, “Catastrophe”, Aphelion Webzine, April 2023, http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/poetry/2023/04/Catastrophe.html

5 poems, genre, “Dungeon Key”, “Alebrije”, “I Called Him Monster”, “Frogs are croaking”, “The Ferry Queen”, The Sirens Call, Issue 61, Spring 2023,  http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_Spring2023.pdf

Akua Lezli Hope

poem, non spec, “Clean Plates”, Last Leaves Magazine Issue 6: Hunger, https://www.lastleavesmag.com/last-leaves-issues Spring Issue free download

solo reading and 4 panels, “Form Poetry” with Wendy Van Camp and Maria Picone, “Creating a Chapbook: How To” with Angela Acosta, Wendy Van Camp and Andrew Najberg, “Speculative Poetry: The oldest genre you’ve never heard of” with Cislyn Smith and Ewen Ma, and “Creating For an Audience vs. Making Just For You” with Thiago Ambrósio Lage, Suzanne Walker, and Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Flights of Foundry, April 14-16, 2023, https://flights-of-foundry.org/

host, Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading with Tammy D. Walker, May 21, 2023 7 to 8 pm EDT, https://www.facebook.com/specpo

LindaAnn LoSchiavo and David Davies

2 reviews for Messengers of the Macabre: Hallowe’en Poems, Todd Sullivan in Samjoko Magazine, April 2, 2023, https://www.samjokomagazine.com/book-reviews/messengersofthemacabre-bookreview and Herb Kauderer in Star*Line, Issue 46.2, Spring 2023, https://www.sfpoetry.com/starline.html

collection, Apprenticed to the Night, UniVerse Press, April 27, 2023, https://universepress.net/product/apprenticed-to-the-night/

review for Apprenticed to the Night by Andrea Walker in Panopolyzine, April 2023, https://panoplyzine.com/2023/04/21/review-of-apprenticed-to-the-night-by-lindaann-loschiavo/

interview by Tammy Walker for InterStellar Flight Press, April 2023, https://medium.com/interstellar-flight-press/caught-between-two-worlds-family-far-away-places-and-formal-poetry-270426062797

poem, “Ghost Dance,” Roi Faineant, Hips 36, Spring 2023, https://roifaineantarchive.wixsite.com/rf-arc-hive/post/ghost-dance-by-lindaann-loschiavo

poem, “Don’t Monetize Those Poltergeists”, Timber Ghost Press, March 14, 2023, https://www.timberghostpress.com/blog/dont-monetize-those-poltergeists-by-lindaann-loschiavo

2 poems, “The Grim Reaper Arrived Too Early” and “My Mother’s Ghost Dancing”, The Creativity Webzine, Issue # 150, “Visitors from Other Worlds,” April 2, 2023, https://moultoniancreativity.weebly.com/

poem, “Tuesdays with the Ghost”, Not Ghosts But Spirits volume 2, Querencia Press, April 10, 2023, https://www.amazon.com/dp/1959118439

Anna Cates

collection, Electric Cat City: A Poesy, Red Moon Press, https://redmoonpress.com/product/electric-cat-city-a-poesy/

haiku, Heron’s Nest Vol XXV No 1, March 2023, https://theheronsnest.com/March2023/haiku-p24.html

haiku, World Haiku No. 19, 2023, https://www.cyberwit.net/publications/2082

Gretchen Rockwell

poem, “I Go Looking for My Shadow Self—Find Him,” Rogue Agent, Sundress Publications, April 2023, http://www.rogueagentjournal.com/grockwell

poem, “I Hold a Gender Reveal Party for My Shadow Self,” ANMLY Magazine (“it’s a good day to be trans!” folio), ANMLY, April 2023, https://anmly.org/ap36/gretchen-rockwell/ 

Jay Sturner

prose poem, “They Sing Me Along,” Space & Time Magazine #143, Spring/Summer 2023, Yuriko Publishing https://amzn.to/3NwxTIl

Ian Willey 

5 prose poems, Otoliths, Issue 69, Southern Autumn, 2023, https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2023/02/ian-willey.html 

prose poem, “The Writer,” Microfiction Monday Magazine, 183rd Edition (Monday April 24, 2023), https://microfictionmondaymagazine.com/

Lisa Timpf

poem, non-genre, [“Oh, spare me the tails and top hat,”], Saturday Evening Post Limerick Laughs, posted as a runner-up, https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2023/04/january-february-2023-limerick-laughs-winner-and-runners-up/

Lauren Scharhag

poem, “Earth and Sky,” The Dope Fiend Daily, January 2023, https://thedopefienddaily.blogspot.com/2023/01/earth-and-sky-by-lauren-scharhag.html

poem, “Birdsong,” The Rye Whiskey Review, January 2023, https://ryethewhiskeyreview.blogspot.com/2023/01/birdsong-by-lauren-scharhag.html

poem, “Home for Christmas,” Written Tales Magazine, January 2023, https://writtentales.substack.com/p/home-for-christmas

prose-poem, “The Two of Coins,” Decomp Journal, Issue 6: Refugee Futurities, https://decompjournal.com/scharhag-the-two-of-coins

poem, “Skinwalker,” Mitchell Pluto Artzine, https://mitchellpluto.com/2023/02/27/skinwalker-by-lauren-scharhag/

Marisca Pichette

poem, “The Goblin Queene,” Kaleidotrope, Spring 2023 Issue, April 2023, https://kaleidotrope.net/spring-2023/the-goblin-queene-by-marisca-pichette/

poem, “Tug,” Seaside Gothic, Issue 6, April 2023, https://seasidegothic.com/poetry/tug/

poem, “Hat(ch)ed,” Dark Dead Things, Issue 1, March 2023, https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Dead-Things-Issue-One-ebook/dp/B0BYT7KYBF

poem, “Ritual; burned,” Holding Patterns: An Anthology of Words on Ritual, April 2023, https://www.goodprintedthings.com/shop/p/holding-patterns

poem, “Widow’s Walls,” Thanatos Review, Issue 2, April 2023, https://www.thanatosreview.com/items-1/widow’s-walls

RK Rugg

poem, “Birdwatching During the Pandemic” Tiny Wren Lit, Issue 4, April 2023, https://www.tinywrenlit.com/issue-4

poem, “The Ancients We Are Told Made Great: Erasure poem from Isaac Newton’s ‘Preface to The Principia,’ May 8, 1686” Utopia Science Fiction Magazine April/May 2023, https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/

poem chosen as an Asimov’s Readers’ Award Finalist, “I Recalled Old Earth Last Night in a Dream” Asimov’s Science Fiction, May/June 2022,  https://www.asimovs.com/about-asimovs/readers-award-finalists/


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