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Jul. 10th, 2010


Oh Readercon, You Rock!

Having an awesome time at Readercon. This is the first con I've been to where A. The dealer's room is only books. and B. The dealer's room has poetry. Lots and lots of yummy poetry books.

They're selling my chapbook at the SFPA table and they're also selling the CinemaSpec anthology that I have a flash piece in. That was a nice surprise - looking down and saying "Hey, I'm in that one!" First time that's happened!

Jun. 13th, 2010


Rhysling Voting is Underway!

I'm very excited that voting has started for the Rhysing Awards! A copy of the anthology was emailed out few weeks ago and all the work is terrific! It's definitely an honor to be nominated. I'm reading all these great poems and I can't believe my piece, Godzilla's Better Half, is included among them! It's going to be tough to decide where my votes are going with so many excellent choices.

Voting ends in early July, and they'll announce the winners at Readercon, which is now less than a month away.

Apr. 11th, 2010


Celebrating Poetry Month

Continuing the speculative celebration of poetry month with more stuff - recently added an essay on spec poetry and a link to some more favorites online.

Giveaways coming up this week!

Apr. 3rd, 2010


Celebrating Poetry Month

I'm celebrating National Poetry Month with posts at mattbetts.com all month about where to find good speculative poetry online.

Feb. 2nd, 2010


Hey, that's good news!

I got an email from the Science Fiction Poetry Association yesterday informing me that my poem "Godzilla's Better Half" has been nominated for a Rhysling Award!

Woo Hoo!

The Rhyslings are given for speculative poems (not just scifi) in two categories: long (50+ lines) and short (under 50 lines). 'Godzilla' is in the short poem category. Last year, there were 60 or so nominees in the short category, but the number depends entirely on how many the voting and nominating members decide to recognize.
Once nominations close, they'll put out an anthology of the nominated poems and send them to all the members of the SFPA. They'll send back their votes and the winners will be announced in July at Readercon in Boston.

It really is cool just to be nominated. Past nominees have included Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Billy Collins and Ursula K. Le Guin. That's not bad company to be in, right?

Jan. 13th, 2010


Guide to Literary Agents post

Hey! I wrote a blog post about Steampunk for the Writer's Digest Guide to Literary Agents. Stop by and say hello!

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