Past Featured Poets


Featured Poet of the Month  Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel is a senior editor at Baen Books. He is also the author of ten science fiction novels, the latest of which is Guardian of Night, as well as an award-winning short story collection, The Robot’s Twilight Companion. He’s a Hugo finalist and a winner of the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award for short story. Daniel is also the author of young adult high fantasy The Dragon Hammer. Other Daniel novels include the ground-breaking Metaplanetary and Superluminal, as well at Warpath, which was an adaptation of the novelette “Candle,” which appeared in Asimov’s magazine. His second novel, Earthling, also started life as “The Robot’s Twilight Companion,” appearing in Asimov’s. Daniel is the coauthor of two books with David Drake in the long-running General series, The Heretic and The Savior. He is also the author of original series Star Trek novels Devil’s Bargain and Savage Trade. Daniel’s short stories have been much anthologized and have been collected in multiple year’s best compilations. In the late 1990s, he founded and directed the Automatic Vaudeville dramatic group in New York City, with appearances doing audio drama on WBAI. He’s also co-written the screenplays for several horror movies that have appeared on the SyFy and Chiller channel, including the Larry Fesenden directed Beneath. During the early 2000s, Daniel was the writer and sometimes director of numerous radio plays and audio dramas with actors such as Peter Gallagher, Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Gina Gershon, Luke Perry, Tim Robbins, Tim Curry and Kyra Sedgewick appearing in them for SCI-FI.COM’s Seeing Ear Theatre. He’s the founder of Baen Books Audio Drama and has written, produced, and directed a series of adaptations of the works of Baen Books authors such as Eric Flint and Larry Correia. Daniel took his B.A. at Birmingham-Southern College, where he majored in philosophy. He has a Masters in English from Washington University in St. Louis. He attended the USC Film School graduate program and Clarion West. Born in Alabama, Daniel has lived in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, New York City, Dallas, and Raleigh, North Carolina, where he currently resides with his wife Rika, and children Cokie and Hans.


Featured Poet of the Month  Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge lives and writers in South Pasadena, California. A retired community college professor, he now teaches only at Hamline University in a low-residency MFA program. A prolific writer of poetry, flash fiction and novels for Young Adults, his latest book of poems is The Ogre’s Wife (Red Hen Press), the latest collection of flash fiction is Sex World (Red Hen Press). More at his website —


Featured Poet of the Month Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 360 books, including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC, SISTER EMILY’S LIGHTSHIP, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won an assortment of awards—two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, the Rysling Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among many others. She was the first woman to give the St. Andrews University’s Andrew Lang lecture since the lecture series was started in 1927. She was also the first writer to win the Arts and Humanities award given by the New England Public Radio. A past president of SFWA, she is a World Fantasy Grand Master and a Science Fiction Poetry Association Grand Master. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. Also worthy of note, her Skylark Award—given by NESFA, the New England Science Fiction Association, set her good coat on fire. If you need to know more about her, visit her website at:


Featured Poet of the Month G. O. Clark

G. O. Clark's writing has been published in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog, Space & Time, A Sea Of Alone: Poems For Alfred Hitchcock, Tales Of The Talisman, Daily SF, Jupiter (GB) and more. He's the author of eleven poetry collections, most recently Gravediggers' Dance in 2014. His fiction collection, The Saucer Under My Bed & Other Stories, was published in 2011, and a new collection, Twists & Turns is due out in 2016. He was a Stoker Award finalist in poetry, 2011, and winner of the 2001 Asimov's Reader's Award in poetry. He lives in Davis, CA, and is retired. He can be found on the web at:


Featured Poet of the Month Wendy Rathbone

Wendy Rathbone is the author of the scifi novel Pale Zenith (Eye Scry Publications) and its accompanying two-story volume, Moltenrose. Her soft scifi novel Letters to an Android is on Amazon Kindle and in paperback; it is a book of festering green skies, haiku, star boats and emotional androids. Her short story collection, Beneath the Blue Dusk and the Sea, is also just out, as well as several romance novels including a new vampire novel, Lace. All of her books can be found on Amazon.

Wendy has had over 500 poems published in both mainstream and genre venues. She’s had eight chapbooks published from eight different publishers. Her newest chapbook is Turn Left at November.

Wendy has been nominated over a dozen times for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award, and for their Dwarf Star short-short poetry award. Her most recent work can be found in: Asimov’s SF, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, Scifikuest, Horror Writers of America Poetry Showcase, One Sentence Poems, Mythic Delirium, and more.

A brand new short story, “I Keep the Dark that Is Your Pain,” is also out in the pivotal 2015 anthology: A Darke Phantastique.

She lives in the high desert of Yucca Valley, CA with her partner of 35 years, Della Van Hise, three dogs, and three cats. She talks about writing and does mini-interviews with other authors at her blog, “From the Left Dimension”:


Featured Poet of the Month  Bruce Boston

Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian SF novel The Guardener’s Tale and the psychedelic coming-of-age-novel Stained Glass Rain. His poems and/or fiction have appeared in Asimov’s SF, Analog, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, the Nebula Awards Anthology and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, the Balticon Poetry Award, the Gothic Readers Choice Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize, and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story).


Featured Poet of the Month  Robert Frazier

My father taught cryptography for Army Security after working with Turing’s bombe at Bletchley Park during WWII. My mother was an oil painter who studied with Emile Albert Gruppé in Rockport. The science of deciphering gibberish into plain text somehow meshes with impressionistic imagery in my writing. I live on Nantucket Island with my wife, Karol Lindquist, a nationally recognized basketmaker, while my daughter, Timalyne, was a graduate of Clarion West in 1995 (I was at Clarion ‘80). I am the author of nine books of poetry, and a three-time winner of the Rhysling Award. I have published over one hundred poems in Asimov’s.


Featured Poet of the Month  Suzanne Palmer

Suzanne Palmer is a Senior Linux System Administrator who lives deep among the trees in western Massachusetts and couldn't imagine life any other way (except maybe with better cell signal).


Featured Poet of the Month Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer is the author of the Dragonkin Trilogy and the forthcoming Godsfall Trilogy, as well as four poetry books. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Planet Magazine, Hayden's Ferry, Ploughshares, and other magazines. For more information, feel free to check him out at (fantasy) and (poetry).


Featured Poet of the Month  A. E. Ash

A.E. Ash is a writer, nerd, gamer, mooncalf but not a baker or candlestick maker (and nobody said anything about butcher). She writes speculative poetry and fiction because why not make good use of an over-active imagination? Ash lives in the Midwest with her super-rad husband and her lazy cats who do nothing at all to help her on the path to world domination. You can find her on Twitter at @dogmycatzindeed or on her blog,


Featured Poet of the Month Bruce McAllister

Some decades ago Bruce McAllister was a poet and the associate editor of a respected West Coast poetry litmag.  He’s writing poetry again.  His short fiction has recently appeared or will be appearing in ALBEDO ONE, ANALOG, DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, LIGHTSPEED, THE DARK, and elsewhere. 


Featured Poet of the Month David C. Kopaska-Merkel

David assumed human form in Virginia in the 1950’s. He is a scientist and poet. He studies the geology of Alabama, with a particular fondness for ancient reefs; articles have been published in various places. His poetry has been published in many venues including Asimov’s and Strange Horizons. He has written 31 books, and is working on #32. He survived the April 27, 2011 tornado.


Featured Poet of the Month Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a London-based experimental musician and writer of strange fictions. His work has been published at Interzone, Black Static, PseudoPod, Best of British SF anthology series and many more worthy venues. You can find him online at


Featured Poet of the Month Betsy Aoki

Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki is a poet, short story writer and game producer. Her work has appeared in Strange HorizonsUncanny Magazine, and Asimov’s Magazine of Science Fiction, and is anthologized in Climbing Lightly Through Forests (Ursula K. Le Guin tribute poetry anthology). Her first poetry collection, Breakpoint, is a 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist and received the Patricia Bibby First Book Award in 2021, to be published by Tebot Bach in 2022.

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