Schwader Named SFPA Grand Master

Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members have honored Ann K. Schwader as their 2018 Grand Master.

Ann K. Schwader

Ann K. Schwader is a two-time Rhysling Award winner (short form 2010, long form 2016) and a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist for her weird/dark SF poetry collections Dark Energies (P’rea Press 2015) and Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010.

Schwader is SFPA’s eighth Grand Master, joining David C. Kopaska Merkel (2017), Steve Sneyd and Marge Simon (2015), Jane Yolen (2010), Ray Bradbury (2008), Robert Frazier (2005) and Bruce Boston (1999).

She shared her early inspirations with the Innsmouth Free Press in a “poetic interview”:

IFP: A pondered start:
Noteworthy fears and verse?
Name key roads you sought.

AKS:The dark in science/science in the dark
Of minds too blind to see the beast inside
Each one of us. Was HPL dead right?

The straightest path is Avon’s bard, although
A “fatal interview “with E. St. V.
Millay marked out my first uncertain trail….

A lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountains, Schwader lives in Westminster, CO.

[Thanks to F.J. Bergmann for the story.]

SFPA’s 2018 Grand Master Nominees

Voting continues as Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members decide who will be honored as Grand Master this year. Three candidates are under consideration: Ann K. Schwader, David Lunde, and LeRoy Gorman.

  • Ann K. Schwader is a two-time Rhysling Award winner (short form 2010, long form 2016) and a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist for her weird/dark SF poetry collections Dark Energies (P’rea Press 2015) andWild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010. Her other poetry collections include Twisted in Dream (Hippocampus Press, 2011), the SF/Lovecraftian sonnet sequence In the Yaddith Time (Mythos Books, 2007), Architectures of Night (Dark Regions Press, 2003), The Worms Remember (Hive Press, 2001), and Werewoman (Nocturnal Publications, 1990). In company with Keith Allen Daniels and Jerry H. Jenkins, she made up one-third of The Weird Sonneteers (Anamnesis Press, 2000). A selection of her SF verse also appeared in Time Frames (Rune Press, 1991). She has contributed dark verse to several Chaosium Press anthologies — Mark of the Beast, The Nyarlathotep Cycle, The Innsmouth Cycle, and The Book of Eibon — as well as to She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press, 2015), Tales of Jack the Ripper (Word Horde, 2013), Deepest Darkest Eden (Miskatonic River Press, 2013), A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press, 2012), Fungi (Innsmouth Free Press, 2012), Horror for the Holidays (Miskatonic River Press, 2011), Candle in the Attic Window (Innsmouth Free Press, 2011), and Future Lovecraft (Innsmouth FreePress, 2011). She was also Poet Laureate for NecronomiCon Providence(2015).

Her most recent weird fiction collection is Dark Equinox & Other Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Hippocampus Press, 2015). An earlier collection, Strange Stars & Alien Shadows (Lindisfarne Press) appeared in 2003.

Her mainstream haiku have also appeared in several anthologies, including Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press, 2015), Haiku in English (Norton, 2013), and Haiku 21 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011).

A lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountains, Ann lives, writes, and volunteers at her local branch library in Westminster, CO.

  • LeRoy Gorman lives in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario in 1949 and raised on a farm near Merrickville. After graduating from Carleton and Queen’s universities, he embarked on a 38-year teaching career, beginning with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services and ending with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. His poetry, much of it visual (mostly minimalist and haiku, or haiku-like), has appeared in print since 1976 in various presentations worldwide, and has garnered numerous awards. His visual poetry has also been displayed in exhibitions, internationally. A few of his two dozen published poetry books and chapbooks include: whose smile the ripple warps, wind in the keys, heart’s garden, and fast enough to leave this world. He is also past editor of Haiku Canada Publications (Haiku Canada Newsletter 1995 to 2006, Haiku Canada Review 2007 to 2017, various annual anthologies and broadsides). Since 1998, he has published poetry leaflets and postcards under his PawEpress imprint. In addition to writing under his own name, he has published under at least 50 pseudonyms. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, the Haiku Society of America, and a life member of Haiku Canada. In 2012-2013, LeRoy Gorman was appointed honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento ”in recognition of his devotion to and enthusiasm for haiku development and exploration in Canada, with exemplary influence upon all English-language haiku across North America and abroad through his publications and editing, and his decades-long support of the Haiku Canada organization. His poetry consistently shows admirable creativity, courage, and range, embracing both traditional and visual/minimalist approaches to haiku and related genres of poetry.”
  • David Lunde was born in Berkeley, California in 1941 and raised in Saudi Arabia, where his father was an engineer with the Arabian American Oil Co. After graduating from Knox College in 1963, he attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop on the recommendation of Archibald MacLeish, where he studied poetry, fiction writing and translation and received his M.F.A. in 1967. In his second year, he was awarded the Old Gold Fellowship in Writing, which paid his tuition for a year. After that, he supported himself by inking charts and graphs of satellite data for Dr. James A. Van Allen in the Physics and Astronomy Department, and occasionally babysitting for Kurt Vonnegut. After graduation, he taught English literature and creative writing, and directed the creative writing program at SUNY @ Fredonia. While there, he and Theodore Burtt, Jr. founded The Basilisk Press, which published 13 books of poetry by authors from all over the United States. He was also Managing Editor of Drama and Theater magazine, Poetry Editor of The Riverside Quarterly and Contributing Editor of Escarpments. Upon retiring in 2001, he moved to North Bend, Oregon with his wife, fantasy novelist Patricia A. McKillip.

Approximately 1,000 of Lunde’s poems, stories, articles and translations have appeared internationally in more than 250 periodicals, and 40 anthologies. He has published eight books of poems, and in collaboration with Prof. Mary M.Y. Fung, The Carving of Insects, a translation of the collected poems of the 20th C. Chinese poet Bian Zhilin, which won the 2007 PEN USA Translation Award. Past awards include the Academy of American Poets Prize, and two Rhysling Awards for Best Science Fiction Poem of the Year. Another collection of Lunde’s Chinese translations, Breaking the Willow, was published in fall 2008, and in 2011 he and two fellow translators, Geoffrey Waters and Michael Farman, published a new translation of the classic Chinese anthology 300 Tang Poems.

David’s published books include Ironic Holidays (Sariya Press, 1965, chapbook, hand printed by author); Les Papillons (Lupo Press, 1965, chapbook illustrated and hand printed by Philip Powell); Sludge Gulper 1 (The Basilisk Press, 1971); Calibrations (Allegany Mountain Press, 1981); Blues for Port City (Mayapple Press, 1995,(chapbook of SF poetry); Heart Transplants & Other Misappropriations (Mellen Poetry Press, 1996); Nightfishing in Great Sky River: poems of inner and outer space (Anamnesis Press, 1999); The Carving of Insects (by Bian Zhilin, 2006; translated by Mary M.Y. Fung and David Lunde); Instead: Poems by David Lunde (Mayapple Press, 2007); Breaking the Willow: Poems of Parting, Exile, Separation & Reunion (White Pine Press, 2008. Translated by David Lunde); plus 300 Tang Poems (White Pine Press, 2011; co-translated by Geoffrey Waters, Michael Farman and David Lunde). Forthcoming novels are The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions, a collection of prose, poems and flash fiction (Mayapple Press, Spring 2014) and A Full Load of Moonlight, a collection of Chan (Zen) Buddhist poetry translated by Mary M.Y. Fung and David Lunde (Musical Stones Culture, Ltd., publication date uncertain).

An SFPA Grand Master designation may be conferred by the SFPA President with consensus of the membership to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work shall reflect the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who shall have been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has been noted to be exceptional in merit, scope, vision and innovation.

To date, the SFPA has conferred seven Grand Master Awards, to David C. Kopaska Merkel (2017), Steve Sneyd and Marge Simon (2015), Jane Yolen (2010), Ray Bradbury (2008), Robert Frazier (2005) and Bruce Boston (1999).

Kopaska-Merkel Named SFPA Grand Master

David C. Kopaska-Merkel has been voted the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Grand Master of 2017.

Kopaska-Merkel is SFPA’s seventh grand master, joining Marge Simon (2015), Steve Sneyd (2015), Jane Yolen (2010), Ray Bradbury (2008), Robert Frazier (2005), and Bruce Boston (1999).

He was nominated by Herb Kauderer, whose text is the basis for the award citation:

David C. Kopaska-Merkel’s dedicated work has helped SFPA alive, serving first as Star*Line editor from 1996-2002, and then as President. In 1986 David founded Dreams & Nightmares (D&N), one of the best and most enduring venues for speculative poetry, and has edited and published the magazine for more than thirty years, with the current issue numbered 105. D&N has encouraged new poets and artists and paid prozine rates while doing it. David has published extensively in most major markets, and won the Rhysling Long Poem award with Kendall Evans in 2006 for “The Tin Men” while Luminosity was a nominee for the 2014 Elgin Award. He also maintains a poetry blog and was a featured poet guest at ICFA, 2013. For exceptional service to SFPA and speculative poetry, as publisher and editor, and for a large body of excellent poems, David C. Kopaska-Merkel is nominated for the SFPA Grand Master Award.”

Click the link for a selection of David’s poems.

SFPA’S 2017 Grand Master Candidates

Voting continues as Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members decide who will be honored as Grand Master this year. Four candidates are under consideration,

  • Ruth Berman is a long-time (since at least 1983) and award-winning member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She is a writer of short science fiction and speculative poetry. In 2003 for “Potherb Gardening” and in 2016 for “Time Travel Vocabulary Problems”, she won the Rhysling Award for Best Short Poem. She was also the winner of the 2006 Dwarf Stars Award for her poem “Knowledge Of.” Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, New Worlds, Star Trek: The New Voyages, Shadows 2,Tales of the Unanticipated, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. Ruth Berman has also been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. She was one of the founding members of The Rivendell Group in 1973. She was also a founding member of Minn-Stf, the local Minnesota Science Fiction Society, and has been extensively involved with helping the Minnesota speculative literary scene become what it is today. A selection of Ruth’s poems.
  • Terry A. Garey is a longstanding member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, providing poetry workshops singularly and with her performance group, the Lady Poetesses From Hell. She is a writer and editor. Her poems have been published in many journals and anthologies going back to at least 1978. She won the Rhysling Award in 1997 for “Spotting UFOs While Canning Tomatoes” and in 2013 for “The Cat Star.” She has edited poetry for Tales of the Unanticipated and speculative poetry anthologies including Time Gum, 1988, ed. Terry A. Garey and Eleanor Arnason, and Time Frames, 1991. Her non-fiction book, The Joy of Home Winemaking, has little to do with poetry, but is fun and instructive if you want to make wine. She lives with a librarian, two cats and many books in Minneapolis. A selection of Terry’s poems.
  • David C. Kopaska-Merkel’s poems have populated many magazines over two or more decades. He won the Rhysling Long Poem award with Kendall Evans in 2006 for “The Tin Men.” He was a nominee for the 2014 Elgin Award for Luminosity, and his The Edible Zoo placed 2nd and 3rd in 2013 and 2012 respectively. His dedicated work has helped keep the SFPA alive for years, serving first as Star*Line editor and then as President, plus maintaining Dreams & Nightmares, a quality magazine (the longest running print SFP magazine) that publishes spec poetry from one and all—without prejudice, encouraging new artists as well, for prozine pay out of his own pocket—and a poetry blog. He was a featured poet guest at ICFA, 2013. He serves as Chair and editor of the 2017 Rhysling Award and Rhysling Anthology.
  • Ann K. Schwader is an extraordinarily accomplished member of the SFPA. Her fiction and verse have been published in such magazines as Spectral Realms, Weirdbook, The Lovecraft EZine, Fungi, Weird Fiction Review, Dark Wisdom, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Dreams & Nightmares, Mythic Delirium, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Weird Fiction Review, Star*Line, and Space & Time. Her mainstream haiku have recently appeared in countless specialized journals. Her most recent collection of weird verse, Dark Energies, was published by P’rea Press in August 2015 and a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. An omnibus collection, Twisted In Dream (Hippocampus Press, 2011); Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010), a collection of dark science fiction poems was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for that year; her SF / Lovecraftian sonnet sequence, In the Yaddith Time (Mythos Books, 2007), preceded. She has won the Rhysling Award on two occasions: 2016 Long Form (tie) “Keziah” and 2010 Short Form “To Theia”. Her poetry has been nominated for and garnered 2nd or 3rd in the Rhysling Award at least 3 other times. Her collection Dark Energies received 3rd place in the 2016 Elgin Award.

[Thanks to F.J. Bergmann for assisting with the story.]