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I recently learned that my poem “Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Lost at Sea, 1527,” which originally appeared in Strange Horizons in October 2016, was nominated for a Rhysling Award. While I am proud of the poem and grateful to the reader who nominated it (and to Strange Horizons for publishing it), I have declined the nomination.

I do not think the Science Fiction Poetry Association should be conducting the nomination process while “the formal rules and processes are still under review,” as is stated on their website (

As of January, I am no longer a member of SFPA. Despite the admirable efforts of SFPA’s new officers to steer the organization in a more professional, more inclusive direction, SFPA remains dysfunctional and unduly influenced by regressive elements who wish to limit the scope of speculative poetry, and perhaps the range of “acceptable” speculative poets. Until this changes, I do not want my work associated with SFPA.

I wish SFPA’s new officers and members the very best as they work to improve the organization. I hope that one day I can rejoin their ranks.

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Feb. 8th, 2016 04:58 pm
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In case you missed the announcements on Twitter and FB, a new poem of mine is now online: "Coffee Shop Painting" appears in Issue 16 of Devilfish Review. This poem is about painting with coffee as a magical art form. I suspect it's partially influenced by viewing my mother's sketchwork when I was a child. She used charcoal instead of coffee, but it still seemed like conjuration to me.

And since the deadline for nominating works for the Rhysling Award is coming up (February 15!), I'd like to point out that I had three poems published last year. "Levity" and "Aboard the Transport Tesoro" are eligible in the short poem category, and "glass womb" is eligible in the long poem category.

Thanks for reading!
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It's come to my attention that my collection of short fiction and poetry, The Haunted Girl, has been nominated for the Elgin Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best book of poetry published in a preceding year. I was not informed by SFPA of the nomination. I only learned my book was on their website's list of nominees when voting members requested review copies of the book for consideration.

I am honored by the nomination and grateful to the person(s) who nominated my book. As I understand the rules, however, my book is not actually eligible for this award. The description of the Elgin Awards provided on the SFPA website states, "Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible." Because The Haunted Girl comprises 21 poems and 5 short stories, it would not seem to be eligible. I have notified the Chair of this year's Elgin Awards that I am declining the nomination and I've asked them to remove my book from the list of nominees.

Again, I am very grateful that someone considered my book award-worthy. Thank you. I hope that one of my future collections will be nominated for (and maybe even win!) an Elgin Award.
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The deadline for Rhysling nominations is Feb 15. I'm very grateful to see "Una Canción de Keys" among the long-form nominees. Thank you, Bogi!

Thanks also to everyone who provided eligibility posts, which made it much easier for me to remember when and where I read your poetry. (My depression affects my memory, so if you're still sheepish about doing eligibility posts, consider it a matter of providing equal access for some disabled readers.) No doubt I've still missed important, impressive work, especially if it appeared solely in print. I've also enjoyed much work not listed below. (Some were already on the ballot; some were by folks already much acclaimed/recognized; etc.)

I've indicated the poems I'm nominating with an asterisk. I've grouped the poems as long or short, but I only eyeballed line counts, so please verify the proper category when nominating.

Short Works

It's a Universal Picture by Gwynne Garfinkle in Mythic Delirium*
The devil riding your back by Gabby Reed in Liminality (Her first poetry sale!)
You Are Here by Bogi Takács in Strange Horizons (already nominated, but I can't help but point to it again, emphatically; this poem is emblematic of what spec poetry can do and should be celebrated)
The rivers, the birch groves, all the receding earth by Rose Lemberg in Strange Horizons
After the Mistress of the Copper Mountain by Rose Lemberg in Through the Gate [I'd originally put this in the Long category, but I was wrong]
The Nerve Harp by Mat Joiner in Stone Telling
Coyolxauhqui by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas in Stone Telling
Nisei by Beth Cato in Mythic Delirium

Long Works

Scales by Ruth Jenkins in Stone Telling (Truly, I don't know if this fits in the long or short category [ETA: according to this blog post, "Scales" really is a Long poem.] Like Bogi's "You Are Here," this poem is a stunning example of what spec poetry can do when poets utilize the technology available to us; not sure how this could possibly be reproduced in the Rhysling anthology, but it's NOT to be missed!)
The Martyr of Baikonur by India Valentin in Liminality (another first-time poetry sale, iirc)
Feather by Mari Ness in Goblin Fruit
Demands Mari Ness in Goblin Fruit*
A Summoning of Monsters Jack Hollis Marr in Liminality
Long Ear Sofia Samatar in Stone Telling

So much poetry goodness out there! Enjoy. 
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Some of this info is listed in my previous "Brain Weasels" post, but I know folks are busy and have a lot of reading to do. If you're voting and don't yet have my collection, I can email you the eligible pieces from The Haunted Girl.

Rhysling-eligible poems
nomination deadline Feb 15

Long form
"Teratoma Lullaby" in Stone Telling
"Una Canción de Keys" in Strange Horizons
"Backbone of the Home" in Mythic Delirium

Short form
"Golden Age" in Devilfish Review
"Love Letters for the Itinerant" in Liminality
"Geminids" in The Haunted Girl
"Ankhst" in The Haunted Girl
"Empty Nest" in The Haunted Girl

Eligible Fiction, Short Story
nomination deadline for Hugos, Mar 10; for Nebulas, Feb 15

"Bilingual, or Mouth to Mouth" in The Haunted Girl


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