2008 Events Archive

Date What & Where Details
December 27, 2008 Speculative Poetry Workshop
Dibner Hall of the History of Science
San Marino, CA huntington.org/Information/dibnerhall.htm
The Southland Poets of the Fantastic hosted their 4th quarterly workshop at the Huntington's newly opened Dibner Hall of the History of Science.
December 12, 2008 Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour & Open Mic
Borders Bookstore
Strongsville, OH
SFPA member Joshua Gage was the featured reader at this reading hosted by fellow SFPA member J.E. Stanley. Gage read from his new book of haiku, breaths.
December 10, 2008 The Poetry of Science Fiction
Presentation for the Library of Congress Professional Association's What IF ... Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Former Science Fiction Poetry Association president Mike Allen spoke about "The Poetry of Science Fiction" as a guest of The Library of Congress Professional Association.
December 7, 2008 Poets on Site
APC Fine Arts Gallery
1621 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, Calif.
Five members of the Southland Poets of the Fantastic (and the SFPA) read with Poets on Site from a collection of poems written for the paintings of Henry Fukuhara. Participants included Denise Dumars, Lois P Jones, Deborah P Kolodji, Nancy Ellis Taylor and Kath Abela Wilson.
December 7, 2008

Poetry Workshop and Pedestal Magazine Reading Event
Market Street Books
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

SFPA member John Amen, publisher of The Pedestal Magazine, led this workshop, which centered on discussions related to how various poets achieve cohesion in their poetry through the use of narrative, imagery, and rhythm. Sample poems were discussed, and participants brought samples of their own work for group discussion. Following the workshop, a Pedestal reading was held.
November 2, 2008

Falling Star Magazine Reading
Beyond Baroque
Venice, CA

Beyond Baroque
Hosted by Marie Lecrivain

Matt McGee is publisher of Falling Star Magazine, a collection of short fiction and poetry from writers all over the world. He is a director and producer of theatre, recently staging David Mamet's American Buffalo and Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons of Cotton. Deborah P Kolodji is president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, a member of the Haiku Society of America, and her work can be found in Modern Haiku and Frogpond, in addition to Star*Line, Scifaikuest, and Mythic.
November 14–16, 2008

NC Writers Network Conference
Raleigh-Durham Airport Hilton
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
ncwriters.org

Stacey Cochran, Nicki Leone, and SFPA member John Amen, publisher of The Pedestal Magazine, gave a panel talk: The Brave New Worlds of the Internet. Amen also offered a workshop: Writing Poems with Presence: Accessing the Primary and a musical performance.
October 30, 2008 World Fantasy Convention
Hyatt Regency
Calgary, Alberta
CANADA
Carolyn Clink hosted the annual poetry reading. Contact Carolyn at carolyn@sfwriter.com.
October 29, 2008 An Evening of Horror Fiction, Dark Poetry, and Haunting Music
with the Southland Poets of the Fantastic
Woodland Hills Public Library
Woodland Hills, California
Scheduled participants included Denise Dumars, Gywnne Garfinkle, Samantha Henderson, Deborah P Kolodji, Vanessa VanWagner, and Kathabela and Rick Wilson
October 25, 2008

Saturday Night With The Poet's Haven
Angel Falls Coffee Company
Akron, OH
PoetsHaven.com

SFPA members Geoffrey Landis and Mary Turzillo were featured authors. Mary's most recent books of poetry include Your Cat, and Other Space Aliens and Dragon Soup (with Marge Simon). Geoffrey Landis' poetry collection Iron Angels will appear from VanZeno Press.
September 27, 2008 Context
Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus, OH
contextsf.org

Writing Poetry or Lyrics, a panel with Barry Childs-Helton, Robin Nakkula and Cathy Callaghan.

Writing Genre Poetry, a panel with Mary Turzillo, Mike Arnzen, Erin Hoffman, Childs-Helton, Callaghan and Dalmas.

Poetry readings with Callaghan, Turzillo, Arnzen, Geoff Landis, Lucy Snyder and Timons Esaias.

September 8, 2008 Cleveland Speculators
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association
Rocky River Nature Center
North Olmsted, OH
cuyastro.org
Astronomical-themed poetry reading. Featured poets were John Nichols, Joshua Gage, Geoffrey A. Landis and Mary Turzillo.
August 9, 2008 WorldCon
Denver, CO
Creating Speculative Poetry Panel: Bryan Thao Worra, Elissa Malcohn, Geoffrey Landis, Jo Walton (moderator), Mary Turzillo
August 23, 2008 Ray Bradbury 88th Birthday Party
Mystery & Imagination Bookstore
Glendale, CA
SFPA officers Deborah P Kolodji, Samantha Henderson, and Drew Morse (tentative) presented Mr. Bradbury with his Grand Master Poet Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
July 19–20, 2008 BabelCon
Baton Rouge, LA
babelcon.org
SFPA members Robin Mayhall, J. Bruce Fuller and Charles Gramlich presented a panel discussion on speculative poetry. Gramlich also presented three panels in the Science Track:

Alien Evolution 2
Blessed With Nightmares
The Psychology of Terror

July 19, 2008 Rhysling Poetry Slan
Readercon 19
Burlington, MA
readercon.org

The Rhyslings are the annual awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and Readercon is proud to be their new annual host. (A poetry "slan"—not to be confused with "slam"—is a poetry reading by sf folks. If you don't get the in-joke, ask an sf fan above a certain age).
July 18, 2008 Speculative Poetry Workshop
Readercon 19
Burlington, MA
readercon.org
Speculative poetry is also known by the equally puzzling monikers "science fiction poetry" and "fantastic poetry." What is it? Who publishes it? How do you write it and why would you want to? Facilitated by Mike Allen.
June 7, 2008 Southland Poets of the Fantastic
Geeks & Goths Poetry Workshop
California Science Center
Los Angeles, CA
Nancy Ellis Taylor hosted this workshop. California Science Center tour of the museum for poetic prompts.
June 2, 2008 Speculators Poetry Get-Together
Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery
Cleveland, OH
The June meeting of the Speculators, a Cleveland-area monthly workshop for speculative poetry.
May 25, 2008

OASIS 21 Poetry Panel
oasfis.org/oasis

Brave New Worlds of SF Poetry
Explore the worlds of speculative poetry with readings and commentary by poets. In addition Paul Vincenti and panelists will discuss relationships between poetry and the visual arts. Chris Ambrose(m), Bruce Boston, Malcom Deeley, Marge Simon, Paul Vincenti, and John Tumlin.
May 23–26, 2008 Balticon 42
Hunt Valley, MD
balticon.org
Poetry programming includes the Balticon Poetry Workshop, Poetry Contest Winners' Reading, and Poetry Reading.
May 23–26, 2008 Wiscon 32
Madison, WI
wiscon.info
WisCon SFPA poetry reading with Sandra Lindow, F.J. Bergmann, Elissa Malcohn, and Alan DeNiro.
May 17, 2008 Eaton Conference


UC–Riverside campus
Riverside, CA
eatonconference.ucr.edu
Poetry reading and open mike for science fiction, fantasy, horror, science, and surreal poetry.

Officers of the Science Fiction Poetry Association presented their archives to the Eaton Collection. Participating officers include Deborah P Kolodji (president), Samantha Henderson (treasurer), and Richard Gombert (publication archivist). Other participating poets include Geoffrey A. Landis, Mary Turzillo, g.o. clark, Denise Dumars, Kendall Evans, Stephen M. Wilson, Karen A. Romanko, Jeff Green and Ruth Nolan.
April 27, 2008 LA Pedestal Event
Beyond Baroque
Venice, CA
Featured SFPA member John Amen plus Timothy Green, Judy Kronenfeld, Florence Weinberger, Ed Frankel, David Dannov, Karen Stromberg, Ruth Nolan, PB Rippey, Marylen Grigas, & Lucia Galloway.
April 26-27, 2008 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA
latimes.com/extras /festivalofbooks

Falling Star Magazine booth.

Poetry programming at the festival includes Rhysling nominee Albert Goldbarth, former US poet laureate Robert Pinksy, and California state poet laureate Al Young. Panelists of note include Ray Bradbury, Kelly Link, and David Brin. SFPA President Deborah P. Kolodji and SFPA Treasurer Samantha Henderson signed books.

April 25-27, 2008 California Federation of Chaparral Poets, Inc. Convention
Ontario, CA
chaparralpoets.org
SFPA president Deborah P Kolodji gave a workshop on ancient, modern, and speculative haiku.  SFPA member and publisher of The Pedestal Magazine, John Amen, gave a workshop, "Accessing Achetypal Life-Images:  Writing from the Crucial." A workshop, "Humor in Poetry" presented by SFPA member Lee Collins, followed.
April 25-26, 2008 RavenCon
Richmond, VA
ravencon.com
Former SFPA president Mike Allen conducted a poetry workshop and attended the following:
  • Who Wants to Live Forever (mod)
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Reading from the Slush Pile
  • Young Adult Lit in Movies (mod)
April 22, 2008 Poetry Reading by City Poets
Central Square Branch Library
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge Poet Populist & SFPA member Peter Payack read his poetry along with Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish.
April 14, 2008 Monday Night Poetry
Santa Catalina Branch—Pasadena Library
Pasadena, CA
Science Fiction Poetry Reading: Don Kingfisher Campbell hosted.  SFPA President Deborah P Kolodji, guest host. Denise Dumars and Kendall Evans, featured poets.
April 10, 2008 NYC Pedestal Event
Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
New York, NY
Featured SFPA member John Amen plus Edward Hirsch, Christine Boyka Kluge, and George Wallace.
March 29, 2008 Southland Poets of the Fantastic Poetry Workshop
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Culver City, CA
mjt.org
Tour of such displays as "Lives of Perfect Creatures: Dogs of the Soviet Space Program" and "The Eye of the Needle: The Microminiatures of Hagop Sandaldjian" for poetic inspiration for our writing session.  Participants included Nancy Ellis Taylor, Denise Dumars, Stephania Ebony, Lois P. Jones, Deborah P Kolodji and Yoon Ha Lee.
March 27-30, 2008 World Horror Convention
Salt Lake City, UT

Poetry Panels:
The Poetry of Poe: Michael Calvillo, Michael R. Collings, Michael Potts, Stephen M. Wilson, Michael Shea.

Where and How to Publish Your Poetry: Linda Addison, Stephen M. Wilson, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Marge Simon.

The Art of Writing Poetry: Linda Addison, Scott Edelman, Stephen M. Wilson, JoSelle Vanderhooft (mod), Marge Simon, Michael R. Collings.

Poetry Reading: Hosted by Stephen M. Wilson

Poetry Workshop: Hosted by Michael R. Collings

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