Saturday, July 18, 2009

Landis Wins Rhysling!

ClevelandPoetics Blog contributor Geoffrey A. Landis has won the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2009 Rhysling Award in the Long Poem Category. This is Landis' second Rhysling win. He also walked away with the award back in 2000. Here's a complete list of this year's winners:

Long Poem:
Winner - Geoffrey A. Landis, "Search"
2nd Place - Samantha Henderson, "Hungry: Some Ghost Stories"
3rd Place - Amal El-Mohtar & Catherynne M. Valente, "Damascus Divides the Lovers by Zero, Or, The City is Never Finished"

Short Poem:
Winner - Amal El-Mohtar, "Songs for an Ancient City"
2nd Place - Samantha Henderson, "Spell"
3rd Place - Billy Collins, "The Future"

Congratulations, Geoff! Congratulations to the other winners as well (including one-time Clevelander Catherynne M. Valente who shared 3rd Place this year and won last year's Rhysling Award in the Long Poem Category). Cleveland Rocks! And, by the way, there was plenty of competition this year with a total of 93 nominated poems.

Geoff's winning poem "Search" is included in his latest book, Iron Angels. You can also read the poem here:

You can find more information on the 2009 Rhysling Award and Rhysling Anthology here:


jesus crisis said...

Hearty congratulations to you, Geoff! Great poem!

Shelley Chernin said...

Wow, Geoff. Congratulations. I love the poem. Sends chills up my spine.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Thanks, all! It's an honor just to be nominated (but I certainly don't mind winning!)


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