Tuesday, February 07, 2017

SFPA Member News: January

The Science Fiction Poetry Association posted our member news for publications from January. It was a fairly busy month, with many successfully finding homes for many of their works including at least 3 new books and chapbooks. One of the benefits of membership with the SFPA is the opportunity to share one’s poetic work with the community, and I thank our fellow poet and SFPA member Mike Payne for compiling this list each month.

This month, our members checking in include Lisa Lepovetsky, Steven B. Katz, Deborah Davitt, Kenny A. Chaffin,  M.C. Childs, Colleen Anderson, Akua Lezli Hope, Ken Poyner, Shannon Connor Winward, Jenny Blackford,  Robert Frazier, Christina M. Rau, Michael H. Payne, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Kendall Evans,  Mary Soon Lee, F.J. Bergmann, Ashley Dioses, and Peg Duthie.

Thank you all for getting your words out into the world and expanding our sense of what Speculative Poetry can be. Keep inspired, everyone!

Magdalena Ball has her new poetry book, Unmaking Atoms out now from Ginninderra Press and Herb Kauderer has his poetry chapbook, Burning Los Angeles from Fowlpox Press released.

Magdalena Ball is one of our international members of the SFPA. She is also the author of the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, a non-fiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Magdalena Ball was born in New York City, where she grew up. After gaining an honours degree in English Literature from the City University of New York (CCNY), she moved to Oxford to study English Literature at a postgraduate level. She ultimately migrated to NSW Australia, where she now resides with her family.

Herb Kauderer is one of our prolific members who has roots working as a Teamster who's driven almost everything that has wheels. "It might be fair to say I wrote my way out of the factory. The first college to hire me was intrigued by the 500 published poems noted on my resume. That interview was in 1998. There may have been a few poems more since then," he's famously noted.  With accolades and nominations that stretch back over 25 years, his body of work includes now at least 11 chapbooks such as SNOWSTORM OF '14; THE BOOK OF ANSWERS; BENEATH THE GREASEPAINT; GHOSTS DREAM OF MADMEN; and VARIATIONS OF SLEEPING ALONE.

Frederick Turner also noted that he released his poetry book, Apocalypse: An Epic Poem came out from Ilium Press in Sept. 2016. Frederick Turner is an internationally-known poet, lecturer, and scholar, and Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is philosophically interested in time, evolution, and self-organizing complex systems in game theory and economics. Shakespeare is his enduring literary obsession. He practices Shotokan karate. He has two sons, and live in Dallas with his wife and two dogs.

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