Tagged poetry

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...

Pocket-Sized Poems at Twin Cities Bookstores Explore the Theme of Migration

“As a child, I marked the year by the honking of Canadian geese making their way south and then north,” said Abby Travis, editor at Minneapolis nonprofit publisher Milkweed Editions. “Migration was part of my calendar, the way I marked time and the change of seasons. I knew if the geese were early or late, I was fascinated by how they knew when to go or where to go, how to get there, and where they stopped along the...

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came Mixes Scholarship and Swordplay

The “Childe Rowland” (or Roland) story comes from a mishmash of sources: the Song of Roland, a chanson de geste probably written about 1040 CE; a Scottish ballad; a line from a (fake) madman ending a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear; a Robert Browning poem (audio version) arguably more about the poet than Childe Rowland; and a fairy tale retelling of the Scottish ballad, in chronological order. Steve Schroer, founder of the Hardcover Theater and prolific playwright, adapter, and professor,...

Malware of the Future and More with Author Shale Nelson

I’ve been familiar with Minnesota author Shale Nelson’s writing for a few years now, so it was no surprise to me that a short story of his was honored by a major anthology, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. His writing spans prose, poetry, and various destinations in between, but no matter what the style or subject there is always a trickster element to his fiction. We took some time to talk about what is going on...

Bryan Thao Worra and the “Shadow-Haunted Outside”

Bryan Thao Worra has done something I’ve always thought to be impossible. In his writing, mostly poetry, he’s managed to merge traditional mythology with pop culture and garner the respect of the “serious” literature scene. I know there are many writers who blend traditional narratives with more modern kinds of storytelling, but I think he is alone as someone who can mention Mothra in a poem and have it be taken as serious work (and I say this as...

The Origin Story of a Fantasy World and Literary Activism

My high school in Abu Dhabi was all about practicality and financial success. The administration pushed the sciences and nigh ignored the arts—if you couldn’t handle the sciences, which would get you into the top colleges and make the school look good, you were punished for it. In the 10th grade, I failed multiple weekly tests in physics, chemistry, and math. When you failed one of these tests, which was defined as getting less than 80 percent, you stayed...

A Geek’s Guide to the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference (AWP)

If you’re attending next week’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference—better known to the world as AWP—it’s already a given that you’re a writing geek. But AWP also has plenty of offerings for your more specific “geek” tendencies. Here are some of the best panels that might appeal to those interests. Remember! If you don’t want to shell out for the full four-day registration ($255), you can buy a Saturday-only pass on-site for just $40. Considering the full...
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