The Poets


Bryant O'Hara

September 13, 2020

Bryant O'Hara is a programmer, poet, and musician - not always in that order, sometimes all at once. To listen to more of Bryant's poems and other audio pieces, please visit and 

Bryant lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife Alice, two out of seven children, and one out of five grandchildren.

His debut poetry collection, “The Ghettobirds”, will be published by Frayed Edge Press in Spring 2021.


Wendy Van Camp

September 27, 2020

Wendy Van Camp is an author, poet, and illustrator. Her writing blog "No Wasted Ink" features essays about the craft of writing, poetry, and author interviews. Wendy’s short stories and poems have appeared in science fiction magazines such as “Quantum Visions”, “Scifaikuest”, and “Far Horizons” and in publications on Medium. She is the poet and illustrator of  "The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection" which is nominated for a 2020 Elgin Award. Her books can be found on Amazon and her illustrated poetry art prints are on ETSY.


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Vince Gotera

October 11, 2020


Vince Gotera teaches at the University of Northern Iowa,

where he edited the North American Review (2000-2016).

Former editor of Star*Line, print journal of the

Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (2017-2020). Poetry collections include Dragonfly, Ghost Wars, Fighting Kite, and The Coolest Month. Poems in Abyss & Apex, 

Altered Reality Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares,

Ekphrastic Review, Philippines Graphic (Philippines), Rosebud, 

and the anthologies Multiverse (UK) and Dear America, among others. He blogs at The Man with the Blue Guitar.

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Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas

October 25, 2020

   Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). She edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter and is the first to introduce W.E. B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories.  Her work is widely anthologized and appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage, 2020). A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, her poetry appears in Ghost Fishing: The Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology edited by Melissa Tuckey with a foreword by Camille Dungy, Nikky Finney’s The Ringing Ear, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera, The Moment of Change: Feminist Speculative Poetry edited by R. Lemberg, Fireside Quarterly, Strange Horizons, Hurricane Blues, inkscrawl, Mythic Delirium edited by Mike Allen, and Revise the Psalm: Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, and ESSENCE. Her essays appear in The New York Times and other publications. She is the Associate Editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian. She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre. Visit    

André O. Hoilette

November 8, 2020

André O. Hoilette is a Jamaican-born poet living in Denver, Colorado. He is a Cave Canem fellow and former editor of ambulant: A Journal of Poetry & Art and former Asst. Editor of Nexus Magazine. He currently pursues MFAs in Fiction and Poetry from Regis University. Previous publication in Stand Our Ground: Poems for Travon Martin, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and the Cave Canem 10-year reader, milk magazine, Cultural Weekly, South Broadway Ghost Society, and other journals.

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Akua Lezli Hope

December 20, 2020

Akua Lezli Hope is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, adornments, and peace whenever possible. She wrote her first speculative poems in the sixth grade and she’s been in print every year, except one, since 1974. 

A third generation, African Caribbean New Yorker, her honors include a NEA Literature Fellowship  two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association award, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her poem, Endangered for Harambee, became the text for a song commissioned by the Duo Lied competition.  Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award.  A Cave Canem fellow, her collection, THEM GONE, was published 2018 (The Word Works). 

She’s the creator of the Speculative Sundays online poetry reading series.


An avid hand papermaker and crochet designer with over 130 patterns published (including 3 dragons and two mermaids), she exhibits her artwork regularly. A paraplegic, she founded a paratransit nonprofit.  Her speculative poetry chapbook, Otherwheres, was published in October 2020 by ArtFarm Press.


John W. Sexton

January 3, 2021

John W. Sexton is the author of five poetry collections: The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), Petit Mal (Revival Press 2009), and The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry 2013).

He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes. His novels based on this series, The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed are both published by The O’Brien Press and have been translated into Italian and Serbian.


Under the ironic pseudonym of Sex W. Johnston he has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records.

A past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award, his poem "The Green Owl" won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. In 2007 he was also awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

He is also the changeling-other of the blog-poet Jack Brae Curtingstall.

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Linda Addison

November 22, 2020

Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, and the first African-American recipient of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®. In 2018, she was the recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Addison has published over 350 poems, stories and articles. She’s very excited about the 2020 release of the film “Mourning Meal” (inspired by her poem of same name) by producer and director Jamal Hodge.Her site:

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Bryan Thao Worra

December 6, 2020

Bryan Thao Worra’s books include On The Other Side Of The Eye, Touching Detonations, Winter Ink, Barrow and The Tuk Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs. He is the first Laotian American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the United States government's National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Asian Pacific Leadership Award from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans for Leadership in the Arts in 2009. He received the Science Fiction Poetry Association Elgin Award for Book of the Year in 2014. He was selected as a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He is the first Asian American president of the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and the first Laotian American member of the professional Horror Writers Association.