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I won this month’s Goodreads readers’-choice poetry contest, which means my poem “Auto Biographies” will be in their July newsletter, which goes out to 5 million people. I am humbled by all your support. Thank you so much, everybody who voted for me.


My short poem “Love in the Time of Alien Invasion” and my long poem “Tender Aliens”—both originally published in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry in Spring 2011—have just been nominated for the 2012 Rhysling Poetry Awards in their respective categories. This is a tremendous honour, given that the Rhyslings are awarded by my peers, other […]

What is wrong with the Man Booker Prize?

The finalists for the fourth Man Booker International Prize were announced today. Irritatingly, of the thirteen finalists, only four are women. Even more irritatingly, my kneejerk reaction to that was to be pleased that so many women were nominated, so accustomed am I to only one or two gracing such lists (not the Man Booker […]

Act One; Vinegar Peace, or the Wrong-Way Used-Adult Orphanage; Divining Light; Going Deep; Bridesicle

Asimov’s has posted their Nebula nominated stories.

Nebula nominees available online

2009 Nebula Awards Final Ballot

I think about the Medicare form that talked about white figures, and I wonder if they were dreaming of Richard.

SFWA members can nominate work published between July 1st 2008 and December 31st 2009. Since this is an award for fiction, my only Nebula Award eligible work is “Swan Song” (Strange Horizons, published 6 October 2008).

hell yeah EP221: Little Ambushes by Joanne Merriam

The readers of Escape Pod are talking about Best EP episode of 2009 Nominations.

Poems eligible for Rhysling nominations

The nominees for each year’s Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of the two categories: “Best Long Poem” (50+ lines) and “Best Short Poem” (0-49 lines). All nominated works must have been published during the calendar year for […]

Eyestalk hemorrhage after hovercraft accident.

“Deaths on Other Planets” has won Asimov’s Science Fiction‘s Readers’ Awards for Best Poem of 2008. (You can read it here.) Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Trying to maintain a suave calm is a challenge, but I think I might just be pulling it off.


The 2009 Rhysling Awards are now open to nominations from SFPA members. My eligible poems (all for the short poem category) this year are: “Werepenguin.” Strange Horizons, 10 March 2008. “Venusian Girls Are Better.” Coyote Wild. January 2008 Vol 2 Issue 1. “The Aviary.” Chizine, Issue #35 (January – March 2008). I’m fond of these […]