The 2019 Dwarf Stars Anthology and Award

2019 dwarf stars anthology coverThe 2019 Dwarf Stars Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Short Poetry of 2018

John C. Mannone photoEditor: John C. Mannone was the 2013 Rhysling Chair. He has speculative work in Pedestal, New England Journal of Medicine, Eye to the Telescope, Baltimore Review, Devilfish Review, Event Horizon, Riddled with Arrows, NonBinary Review, Star*Line and many others. He has three poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing) won 3rd place for the 2017 Elgin Book Award; Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press) was featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books; Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing) with love-related poems using science metaphors is forthcoming in 2019. He’s been awarded the Horror Writers Association Scholarship (2017) and nominated for several Pushcart, Rhysling, Dwarf Stars and Best of the Net awards. He’s poetry editor for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. He’s also notable in literary circles: celebrity judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (2018), winner of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature (2017), a Weymouth writer in residence (2016 & 2017). He is a retired professor of physics living between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Cover Art: Aurora by Michelle Young
acrylic on canvas/digital © 2019
Layout: F. J. Bergmann
Publisher: Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association

Dwarf Stars contributor bios

2019 Award Winners

embalsamados” (“embalmed”), Sofía Rhei (translated by Lawrence Schimel), Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, eds. Rachel Plummer & Russell Jones (Shoreline of Infinity, 2018).

2nd Place:
“where to hide an alien in plain sight,” LeRoy Gorman, Scryptic 2:4.

3rd Place:
“Negative Space,” Sandra J. Lindow, Sky Island Journal, April 21, 2018.

85 members voted.

Sofía Rhei writes fantasy and science fiction for adults and children. Her books for kids include the series El joven Moriarty, award-winning and translated to 3 languages, and La calle Andersen, written with Marian Womack. She has published nine experimental poetry titles, winning the national prize “Javier Egea,” as well as three genre short fiction collections: Las ciudades reversibles, partially translated to English as Reversible Cities (Talisman); El bosque profundo, dark microfiction about tarot and woods, and the meta-literary Everything is made of letters (Aqueduct Press). Her novels for adults are Róndola, Celsius award-winning humorous fantasy fairytale retelling, and Espérame en la última página, a ghost story about books (rights sold to Italian, Serbian, French and Chinese markets).


Lawrence Schimel (New York, 1971) writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books as author or anthologist, in many different genres. He has won the Lambda Literary Award (twice), the Spectrum Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Rhysling Award, and other honors. He is also the publisher of A Midsummer Night's Press. He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as a Spanish-to-English translator.

LeRoy Gorman photo   LeRoy Gorman lives in Napanee, Ontario. His poetry, much of it minimalist and visual, has appeared in publications and exhibitions worldwide. He is the author of two dozen poetry books and chapbooks. His most recent title is goodwill galaxy hunting (Urban Farmhouse Press).
Sandy Lindow photo   Sandra J. Lindow has had 24 Rhysling nominations and 6 Dwarf Stars nominations. She is a past SFPA Vice President and acting President. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Star*Line; she has been publishing speculative poetry since the mid-’80s when Star*Line was still xeroxed and stapled.  She has a record for Rhysling nominations without a win. She was startled to win the 2018 Convergence slam contest for the second time in a row. She lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where she murders rose chafers and watches Star Trek reruns.

Anthology Table of Contents
(93 poems)
Nominations per publication: (47 venues)
1   Abyss & Apex
1   Artifacts (Independent Legions, 2018)
2   Asimov’s Science Fiction
5   Atlas Poetica: 25 Science Fiction Tanka and Kyoka, eds. Julie Bloss Kelsey & Susan Burch
1   Autumn Moon Haiku Journal
1   Bracken
1   Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky, ed. Stacy R. Savage
2   the cherita
1   Colorado Boulevard
1   Dreams and Nightmares
1   ephemerae
1   Eye to the Telescope
1   failed haiku: A Journal of English Senryu
1   Haiku Canada Review
1   Hedgerow: a journal of small poems
1   The Heron’s Nest
1   HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. V, ed. Stephanie M. Wytovitch (Horror Writers Association, 2018)
1   Illiterature
1   Liquid Imagination
1   Literary Matters
1   Mock Turtle
1   Modern Haiku
2   Multiverse: An International Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, eds. Rachel Plummer & Russell Jones (Shoreline of Infinity, 2018)
1   My Haiku Pond: Luca’s Lily Pad
1   The Ostrich King (Viable Books, 2018)
1   Otata
1   Presence
1   Priestess & Hierophant
1   Prune Juice
1   Red Flag Poetry
1   Ribbons
1   Scarlet Leaf Review
11   Scifaikuest
2   Scryptic
2   2018 SFPA Poetry Contest
1   Silver Blade
1   Sky Island Journal
22   Star*Line
1   Stardust Haiku
1   Strange Horizons
1   Tales from the Moonlit Path
2   tinywords
1   Toyon
8   Troutswirl: The Haiku Foundation Blog
1   Visual Verse
1   Wade in the Water (Graywolf Press, 2018)
2   Wild Voices Vol 2: an anthology of short poetry & art by women ed. Caroline Skanne
1   WonderFold

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