2010 Halloween Poetry Reading
edited by Liz Bennefeld

Masks - Karen Romanko photo
Karen Romanko

Scarecrow - Liz Bennefeld photoScarecrow
Liz Bennefeld

Halloween Collage with Spiders - Elissa Malcohn photoA Halloween Collage with Spiders
Elissa Malcohn

Lying in Wait - Lyn C. A. Gardner photoLying in Wait
Lyn C. A. Gardner

Forbidden Fruit - Liz Bennefeld photoForbidden Fruit
Liz Bennefeld

Goblin Patrol - Lyn C. A. Gardner photoGoblin Patrol
Lyn C. A. Gardner

Skull and Flowers - Elissa Malcohn photoSkull and Flowers
Elissa Malcohn

Yellwstone - Deborah P Kolodji photoYellowstone
Deborah P Kolodji

Red Clouds at Morning - Liz Bennefeld photoRed Clouds at Morning
Liz Bennefeld

"By the Grace of Winter's Queen"
by David Kopaska-Merkel
MP3 File (880KB)

David Kopaska-Merkel describes rocks (and the holes in them) for the State of Alabama. He collects wormholes & the like. Kopaska-Merkel has published ~1000 poems, etc. over the past quarter century. He won the Rhysling award for the long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. Kopaska-Merkel has published Dreams and Nightmares since 1986; see the magazine's blog. He is also a member of Daily Cabal.


"A Vampire's Domain"
by David Lee Summers
MP3 File (895KB)

Written for the 2010 SFPA Online Halloween Poetry Reading page and based on the story "The Lady of the House," also by David Lee Summers, first published in the special romance issue of Blood Samples, March 2003. David is the author of the novel Vampires of the Scarlet Order (LBF Books), and co-author of the collection Blood Sampler (Sam's Dot Publishing). His poetry has appeared in a number of magazines including Star*Line, Macabre, and The Santa Clara Review. Learn more at davidleesummers.com.


"House 5"
by Lyn C. A. Gardner
MP3 File (2.66MB)

First published in Cinema Spec: Tales of Hollywood and Fantasy, (Raven Electrick Ink, 2009). Catalog librarian by day, Lyn C. A. Gardner coedits the journal Virginia Libraries. She's had over two hundred poems, stories, and articles in Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Legends of the Pendragon, Mythic Delirium, Retro Spec, Star*Line, MindFlights, New Myths, Tales of the Talisman, and more. To learn more, see Gardner Castle, or her mailing list.


"Country Inn"
by Karen A. Romanko
WAV File (1.63MB)

First appeared in Hungur Magazine (November 2005). Karen's latest anthology is Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia. More info at ravenelectrick.com/retrospec.html.


by Elissa Malcohn
MP3 File (2.38MB)

Elissa Malcohn's work has appeared in Asimov's, Goblin Fruit, Space and Time, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. For more info and free downloads of her Deviations series, visit her website.


"The Revolutionary Behind the Tavern"
by T.J. McIntyre
MP3 File (3.56MB)

Originally published in the electronic poetry chapbook, Isotropes: A Collection of Speculative Haibun, which is available as a free download from Smashwords or direct from the publisher, Philistine Press. You'll find T.J. McIntyre's blog at southernweirdo.wordpress.com.


"Night Falls"
by Shelly Bryant
MP3 File (1.04MB)

First appeared in Cover of Darkness in 2009, and is included in Bryant's poetry collection Under the Ash (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2010). Shelly splits her time between Singapore and Shanghai, sometimes teaching English literature and writing, and sometimes studying Chinese language. She loves to read, write, travel, and cycle. Visit web.me.com/shellybryant.


"Frost Bitten"
by Stephen M. Wilson
MP3 File (530KB)

First appeared in Dark Wisdom in 2006 and was a Rhysling Award nominee. Follow Wilson's Twitterzine at @microcosms.


"Alien Life"
by Liz Bennefeld
MP3 File (1.02MB)

The first draft of "Alien Life" was written in November 2009, and this final version is making its first appearance. Liz Bennefeld has been earning a living programming and/or operating computers since 1968. 'Cause it's fun … and it pays for all those books! This is her fifth year of coordinating and contributing a poem for the SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading event. Recently, her poetry has appeared in Star*Line, The 3rd Annual SFPA Poetry Contest—2008: Energy, the 2010 Rhysling Anthology, and the 2010 Dwarf Stars anthology. Liz has several blogs, including Quiet Spaces and The Art of the Moment.


"The Little One"
by Maria Alexander
MP3 File (1MB)

An English translation of a poem in French, "Petite," by Maria Alexander, which originally appeared in 2006 in La Gazette, a publication at Middlebury College. Her poetry collection, At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned, and the Absinthe-Minded, is coming out from Burning Effigy Press in Spring 2011. In addition to a previous co-collection with Christina Kiplinger Johns, Biting Midnight: A Feast of Darksome Verse (Medium Rare Books, 2002), Alexander has published a great deal of poetry in such publications as Gothic.net and Dreams and Nightmares. To learn more about the poet and her work, please visit Tales from the Handless Poet.


"In Memoriam: Frankenstein's Monster"
by John S. Tumlin
MP3 File (1.24MB)

First appeared in the Sept/Oct 2007 issue of Star*Line. John's poetry has also appeared in Aoife's Kiss, Illumen, and elsewhere.


"Telling the Bees"
by Kath Abela Wilson
MP3 File (2.5MB)

First published in Shakespeare's Monkey Revue, August 2008, the first-prize winner in their Simian Contest. The poem was written and inspired at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles during a Southland Poets of the Fantastic writing workshop. Kath Abela Wilson is creator and leader of Poets on Site, a poetry performance group based in Pasadena, CA, collaborating with musicians, scientists, artists and musicians. She also hosts the Caltech Red Door Poetry Club. She's published in Astropoetica and many other print and online journals, as well as in 25 anthologies published by Poets on Site. "Telling the Bees" was recorded by Rick Wilson and accompanied by Deborah P Kolodji, Liz Goetz, Lynn Allgood, and Sharon Hawley on house keys, slammed door, and other percussion instruments.


"Yellowstone Prowl"
by Deborah P Kolodji
MP3 File (1.29MB)

First published in Not One of Us 39, April 2008. Deborah P Kolodji is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Her poems have been published in numerous journals online and off. To learn more, visit dkolodji.livejournal.com. In this recording by Rick Wilson, Kolodji is accompanied by Sharon Hawley on ukulele, Liz Goetz on spring drum, Lynn Allgood on tambourine, and Kath Abela Wilson on pennywhistle and other percussion instruments.

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