Poetry of the Imagination: Houston, TX 5/25

Coming to Kaboom Books, we’ll be hosting the reading “Poetry of the Imagination,” a groundbreaking event in Texas co-hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA),Writespace, Comicpalooza Literary Track, and Kaboom Books. The reading will be Friday, May 25th, 7-9PM. Kaboom Books is located at 3116 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX 77009.

From the organizers:

For millennia, poetry has explored the borders of our world and the boundaries of our imagination, pushing us to dream and to explore—to push beyond what we perceive and believe, and form new ideas. The Odyssey, with its hero sailing through islands peopled with strange, alien beings, was, in many ways, the first science fiction saga. And like good science fiction, it held a mirror up to our reality, and asked questions about what it meant to be human, and what it means to be a good person within a given society. And it did so in verse.

Why write science fiction and fantasy poetry? Why shouldn’t we? It’s only the oldest tradition there is. And where better to look to the stars, to imagine other worlds, than right here in Houston, Space City USA.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Join SFPA President Bryan Thao Worra, along with Houston residents Holly Walrath (author of Glimmerglass Girl), Saba Razvi (author of Of the Divining and the Dead), T. Haven Morse (Flooded By, Beam Me Up Yoda), Kate Pentecost (Elysium Girls), and Deborah L. Davitt (Ave, Caesarion), along with Dallas-area poets Michelle Muenzler (The Hills of Meat, the Forest of Bone) and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Strange Monsters), and Iowa poet Karen Bovenmeyer (Swift for the Sun) for an evening of speculative poetry.

Some will reach for the stars. Some will look to the past. And some will unveil the darkness within the human heart.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

About the Poets:

T. Haven Morse, Poet/Writer pens poetry and stories that aim at the amygdala with a balance of intrigue, entertainment, and offense. She’s published three books and has a variety of pieces published in journals and anthologies like The Machine, Verbatim Poetry, and Synchronized Chaos. Find her on Twitter: @THavenMorse and www.BountifulBalconyBooks.com/thavenmorse.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 40 magazines and anthologies. She has been a Nebula Award finalist. Her collaborative fiction-jazz album Strange Monsters centered on the theme of strong women making unconventional choices. She also runs the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. Find her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle andwww.bonniejostufflebeam.com.

Michelle Muenzler writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her work can be read in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets. Links to her work can be found atwww.michellemuenzler.com. Also cookies.

Deborah Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston with her husband and son. She’s known for her Edda-Earth novels, Pushcart and Rhysling-nominated poetry, and short story publications. For more about her work, please seewww.edda-earth.com.

Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats. She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston with her husband. Find her on Twitter @Pentecostelle or at www.katepentecost.com.

Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Her first novel, an LGBT historical romantic pirate adventure in the Caribbean of 1822, SWIFT FOR THE SUN debuted in 2017 from Dreamspinner Press. Find her on Twitter @karenbovenmyer or at www.karenbovenmyer.com.

Saba Razvi is the author of In the Crocodile Gardens (Agape Editions), heliophobia (Finishing Line Press) Limerence & Lux (Chax Press), Of the Divining and the Dead (Finishing Line Press), Beside the Muezzin’s Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in journals such as NonBinary Review, The Arbor Vitae Review, and Arsenic Lobster, and others, as well as in anthologies such as Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War Faith and Sexuality, The Loudest Voice Anthology, The Liddell Book of Poetry, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX, where in addition to working on scholarly research on interfaces between Science and contemporary Poetry, she is researching Sufi Poetry in translation, and writing new poems and fiction. Find her on Twitter @maudlinragdoll or atwww.sabarazvi.com

Holly Walrath is is a writer of poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminality, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook GLIMMERGLASS GIRL is due out from Finishing Line Press in 2018. She is a freelance editor and volunteer with Writespace literary center in Houston, Texas. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath or atwww.hlwalrath.com.

Bryan Thao Worra is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an international organization established in 1978 to share and promote poetry involving science fiction, fantasy, horror and the imagination. The author of 6 books, he holds over 20 awards for his writing including a fellowship in literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He represented the nation of Laos during the 2012 London Summer Games as a Cultural Olympian. He has presented at the Smithsonian, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, colleges across the US, and holds an Elgin Book of the Year Award for his collection of Lao Lovecraftian poetry, DEMONSTRA. Fnord. He also raises dachshunds and crustaceans and you can visit him online at thaoworra.wordpress.com

We’ll see you there!

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