Friday, November 04, 2016

SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading 2016

This year's SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading editor Stace Johnson issued a thank you to everyone who submitted poetry for the 2016 SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading. "From what I can tell looking through the prior years, we had more submissions than ever before, so I'm going to call it an unqualified success! Thank you also to F.J. Bergmann for doing the website work and helping to keep me on task."

I really enjoyed all of these. There's a wonderful mix of the macabre and the gruesome, the humorous and the profound. Be sure to check out the poets and their wonderful audio recordings over at

I'm pleased to share our 2016 selections:

“Murder Sauna”
by Michael Arnzen

by Mary Soon Lee

“Origin Story”
by Courtney Bates-Hardy

“The Wood”
by Denise Dumars

by John S. Tumlin

“Childhood Halloweens”
by Lizl Bennefeld

“The Chant of the Black Cats”
by Adele Gardner

“Effects of Moonlight”
by Karen Bovenmyer

“Zombies of the Sea”
by John C. Mannone

by Linda D. Addison

“The Headless Horseman”
by K. A. Opperman

“Sweet Dreams, Love”
by Peter Adam Salomon

by F.J. Bergmann
music by Fred W. Bergmannn

“He Really Should Have Written”
by Edward Willett

“The Evolution of Darkness”
by irving

“The Haint”
by Lela Buis
read by Stace Johnson

“Thirteen Ways to See a Ghost”
by Shannon Connor Winward

“I Don’t Know What You’re Having”
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
read by Diane Severson

“Graveyard Blossoms”
by Ashley Dioses
first published in Halloween Howlings
(Rainfall Records and Books, 2015)

by Deborah L. Davitt

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