International Speculative Poetry Day: Nov. 3rd
The organization noted that International Speculative Poetry Day seeks to highlight the vibrant legacy and extraordinary achievement of speculative poets; introduce communities to the delights and benefits of reading and writing speculative poetry; make speculative poetry an important and innovative part of our cultural life.
Among Lao American speculative poets are Krysada Panusith Phounsiri, author of Dance Among Elephants, and winner of the 2016 Rhysling Award, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, and Bryan Thao Worra. Hmong American speculative poets include Burlee Vang, Mai Der Vang, and Khaty Xiong. Among other poets cited were literary figures such as Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, Jane Yolen, Ray Bradbury, Steve Sneyd, Marge Simon, David C. Kopaska Merkel, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Suzette Haden Elgin, the founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.
During its 40th anniversary, the SFPA anticipates convening several exhibits, readings, workshops and presentations across the US and internationally. The SFPA has members in 18 nations and was established in 1978, producing 2 magazines and 2 award anthologies. It also holds an annual science fiction poetry contest, among other special projects.
International Speculative Poetry Day’s observation on Nov. 3rd also coincides with the 60th anniversary of Laika’s journey into outer space. The organization will soon be incorporated as an official 501 (C) 3 arts organization following the recent approval of the by-laws. You can visit the SFPA at www.sfpoetry.com.