SFPA to present in NE Minneapolis

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, connecting an international membership of over 300 writers, readers and creators.

On January 10th we will convene our  kickoff reading featuring local Minnesota poets and performers sharing their creative writing with the community. The event will be held at Mojo Coffee Gallery at 2205 California St NE, Ste 102 in Minneapolis from 6pm until 9pm.

Among those presenting and performing will be Kyle Dekker, award-winning poet Ruth Berman of the Lady Poetesses from Hell, Josh Brown, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, Eric Tu, Jake Skillings, Riawa Thomas-Smith, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Rev. Matt’s Monster Science, and Phillip Andrew Bennett Low of Not So Silent Planet, the nation’s longest-running speculative literature slam. Following the featured performers, an open mic will be held. Refreshments, door prizes, art, book signings and additional entertainment provided! This performance is free and open to the public.

SFPA 40th Reading 1 2018
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association was established in 1978 by Suzette Haden-Elgin and has an international membership representing over 19 nations and cultures including United States, Italy, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Poland, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Israel, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, the Hmong, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association publishes two journals: Star*Line and Eye to the Telescope. It oversees three major literary awards for poetry: The Rhyslings, the Dwarf Stars, and the Elgin Awards. We also conduct an annual science fiction poetry contest and other special events and gatherings. Further, it also provides resources for emerging and established poets seeking professional publication and networking opportunities. You can visit them online at www.sfpoetry.com or their blog at specpo.wordpress.com

Mojo Coffee Gallery is on a mission to serve the best coffee and food possible for affordable prices. With their art and music, they “feed your mind and spirit!” Currently, they have an extensive exhibit, MUGSHOT1 of the first biennial juried international exhibition of ceramic mugs on display. They are located in the California Building, one of the first studio buildings in NE Minneapolis. The building has a long commitment to the arts, community and arts sustainability in Northeast Minneapolis. With over 80 artists as tenants, the building is an anchor in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Here are our readers scheduled for the evening so far!

  • Bryan Thao Worra is just this guy, you know?
  •  Phillip Andrew Bennett Low is a Chinese-American playwright, poet, mime, theatre critic, and libertarian activist. His main claim to fame is as the founder of the touring theatre troupe Maximum Verbosity, and as co-founder and Chair of the Rockstar Storytellers, a group of bestselling local spoken-word artists.He has published a book of political humor, Indecision Now! A Libertarian Rage. He is a founding member of Not So Silent Planet, the nation’s longest-running Speculative Literature Slam.
  •  Ruth Berman’s poetry and fiction have appeared in many sf/fantasy, general, and literary magazines and anthologies. Her novel Bradamant’s Quest was published by FTL Publications. She was one of the contributors to Lady Poetesses from Hell (Bag Person Press Collective). Her translation of two fairy tales by 18th-century writer Louise Cavelier Levesque, “The Prince of the Aquamarines” & “The Invisible Prince,” was published by Aqueduct Press (Seattle, WA), and her translation of “Trilby” and other fantasies by Charles Nodier, by Black Coat Press (Encino CA). She is a previous winner of the SFPA’s Rhysling (2003) and Dwarf Stars (2006) Awards.
  •  Josh Brown is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota–Duluth with a degree in English Literature, he has spent the past fifteen years in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. He was the 2017 Elgin Award Chair. An active member of SFPA, Josh Brown’s work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and more. His essay, “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit” was recently featured in Critical Insights: The Hobbit (Salem Press, 2016). He served as editor for issue 20 of Eye to the Telescope, the official online journal of the SFPA. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
  •  Kyle Dekker is a lifelong geek and movie fan. He is a sucker for any movie featuring sword-wielding warriors or superheroes (and is basically powerless if they feature both). When not devouring his favorite films, Kyle can be found playing tabletop games with his friends and wife. He is particularly fond of roleplaying games and owns more RPG books than one person could possibly use in a lifetime. He once had the honor of meeting Gary Gygax and was promptly killed by the original Dungeon Master!
  •  Amelia Gorman loves writing poetry and stories about monsters, making surreal twitter bots, and training her dogs. You can read more of her recent poetry in Liminality Magazine and Star*Line and some of her fiction in the female-focused Lovecraftiana anthology, She Walks in Shadows.
  •  Rev. Matt’s Monster Science! is the culmination of a lifelong obsession with monsters – any sort of monsters, mythological, cryptozoological, cinematic, paleontological – combined with a deep adoration for ranting like a maniac. They deal in facts (about made-up stuff some of the time) and in comedy, with each giving ground to the other in its turn!
  •  Jon Olsen is a science fiction poet, denture wearer, something about rule of threes, innumerate, and “a Caring-ass MoFo.”
  • Jake Skillings has been published in The Los Angeles Review, Revolver, Ampersand Review, Spork Press, and others. Recently, he has been shambling around the coffee shops and bars searching for clues of the hidden light. Sitting in plaid rooms and spitting on the page. Someone spotted him crying while watching the new Blade Runner movie. A few months ago he finished writing a book of poems about his time working in a locked intensive care psychiatric unit…
  • Born and raised in Shreveport Louisiana, Hawona Sullivan Janzen is a poet and non-fiction writer whose work focuses on the impact of grief, love and hope on the human spirit. Recently commissioned to write poetry for the St. Paul River Stewards Awards and Silverwood Park, Sullivan Janzen is co-founder of the University of Minnesota’s Witness Writing Project and a Givens Foundation Creative Writing Fellow. Her poem “Darkness” was a 2014 National Poetry Month selection on National Public Radio.
  • Riawa Thomas-Smith was born and raised in Minneapolis and writes weird fiction and poetry.She has performed short stories, poems and the occasional song at open mics around the Twin Cities since the early 90s. She read at Storyfest in 2016 and once won Poetry Division of the Misfits writing contest with her Lovecraftian Love Poem, which she will read that evening.
  • Tu the Judoka is a spoken word artist living in Midtown Minneapolis. He represented Minneapolis at the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam and is a two-time national silver medalist in judo. Tu also served as TA for the University of Minnesota’s Judo course. He loves Gameboy Color and has kept it One-Double-Oh since 1991.
  • Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and beyond. Garnering over ten million views online, Guante has also performed live at the United Nations, given a TedxTalk, and presented at countless colleges, universities, and conferences. Guante’s debut book, a mixtape-style exploration of the intersections of art and social justice, is available now.

We’ll see you there!


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