Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cat Valente Wins Rhysling

A quick heads up. On Saturday, at ReaderCon in Boston, MA, local author Catherynne M. Valente won the 2008 Rhysling Award for her poem "The Seven Devils of Central California"

From the SFPA site:

The nominees for each year's Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of the two categories: "Best Long Poem" (50+ lines) and "Best Short Poem" (0-49 lines). All nominated works must have been published during the calendar year for which the present awards are being given. The Rhysling Awards are put to a final vote by the membership of the SFPA using reprints of all the nominated works presented in this voting tool called The Rhysling Anthology. The anthology allows the membership to easily review and consider all nominated works without the necessity of obtaining the diverse number of publications in which the nominated works first appeared. The Rhysling Anthology is also made available to anyone with an interest in this unique compilation of verse from some of the finest poets working in the field of SF/F/Horror poetry. The winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., and are considered in the SF/F/H/Spec. field to be the equivalent in poetry of the awards given for "prose" work--achievement awards given to poets by the writing peers of their own field of literature.

For more information about Cat and her work, visit her site:


Anonymous said...

Super congrats to Cat-- it's an award well deserved.

For those interested in SF poetry-- and I have to admit it's a pretty esoteric taste-- the Rhysling anthology (with poems by several other Cleveland poets, as well as several poems by Cat) can be found at the SFPA site

Anonymous said...

Buy this book! You won't be sorry. Valente's award-winning poem "The Seven Devils of Central California" is also available in her amazing poetry collection "A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects." The book includes a number of incredible, original pieces that only Valente could have written and which Mike Allen has referred to as "stunning objets d'art, built from exhilarating language, that never flinch from painful truths." Check it out:

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J.E. Stanley

Anonymous said...

I have to admit I'd never heard of Cat Valente until this posting. I've now added her to my list of writers to check out when I catch up. ;)


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau