SFPA Grand Masters

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David C. Kopaska-Merkel
2017 Grand Master

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Marge Simon
2015 Grand Master


Steve Sneyd
2015 Grand Master

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Jane Yolen
2010 Grand Master

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Ray Bradbury
2008 Grand Master

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Robert Frazier
2005 Grand Master

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Bruce Boston
1999 Grand Master

2018 Grand Master Candidates
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Voting deadline: September 15.

LeRoy Gorman lives in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. He was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario in 1949 and raised on a farm near Merrickville. After graduating from Carleton and Queen’s universities, he embarked on a 38-year teaching career, beginning with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services and ending with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. His poetry, much of it visual (mostly minimalist and haiku, or haiku-like), has appeared in print since 1976 in various presentations worldwide, and has garnered numerous awards. His visual poetry has also been displayed in exhibitions, internationally. A few of his two dozen published poetry books and chapbooks include: whose smile the ripple warps, wind in the keys, heart’s garden, and fast enough to leave this world. He is also past editor of Haiku Canada Publications (Haiku Canada Newsletter 1995 to 2006, Haiku Canada Review 2007 to 2017, various annual anthologies and broadsides). Since 1998, he has published poetry leaflets and postcards under his PawEpress imprint. In addition to writing under his own name, he has published under at least 50 pseudonyms. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, the Haiku Society of America, and a life member of Haiku Canada. In 2012-2013, LeRoy Gorman was appointed honorary curator of the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento “in recognition of his devotion to and enthusiasm for haiku development and exploration in Canada, with exemplary influence upon all English-language haiku across North America and abroad through his publications and editing, and his decades-long support of the Haiku Canada organization. His poetry consistently shows admirable creativity, courage, and range, embracing both traditional and visual/minimalist approaches to haiku and related genres of poetry.”

David Lunde was born in Berkeley, California, USA, in 1941 and raised in Saudi Arabia, where his father was an engineer with Aramco. After graduating from Knox College in 1963, he attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop on the recommendation of Archibald MacLeish, and studied poetry, fiction writing, and translation. The Old Gold Fellowship paid his second year. He also inked charts and graphs of satellite data for Dr. Van Allen in Physics and Astronomy, and babysat for Kurt Vonnegut. After earning his MFA in 1967, he taught literature and creative writing, and directed the creative writing program at SUNY Fredonia. He and Theodore Burtt Jr. founded The Basilisk Press, publishing 13 books by poets across the USA. Lunde was managing editor of Drama and Theater magazine, poetry editor of Riverside Quarterly, and contributing editor of Escarpments. Retired since 2001, he lives in North Bend, Oregon, with his wife, fantasy novelist Patricia A. McKillip.

Approximately 1,000 of Lunde’s poems, stories, articles, and translations have appeared internationally in over 250 periodicals and 40 anthologies. He has published 10 books of poems and, with Mary M.Y. Fung, The Carving of Insects, a translation of 20th-century Chinese poet Bian Zhilin’s collected poems, which won the 2007 PEN USA Translation Award. Past awards include the Academy of American Poets Prize and two Rhysling Awards. Another collection of Lunde’s Chinese translations, Breaking the Willow, appeared in 2008, and in 2011, with Geoffrey Waters and Michael Farman, a new translation of the classic Chinese anthology 300 Tang Poems.

Books include Ironic Holidays (Sariya Press, 1965), Les Papillons (Lupo Press, 1965), Sludge Gulper1 (Basilisk Press, 1971), Calibrations (Allegany Mountain Press,1981), Blues for Port City (Mayapple Press, 1995), Heart Transplants & Other Misappropriations (Mellen Poetry Press, 1996), Nightfishing in Great Sky River (Anamnesis Press, 1999), Instead (Mayapple, 2007), The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions (Mayapple, 2014), and A Full Load of Moonlight: Chinese Chan Buddhist Poems (Musical Stone Culture, 2014, translated with Mary M.Y. Fun). His most recent book is Absolute Zero, published by Mayapple Press in spring 2018

Ann K. Schwader is a two-time Rhysling Award winner (short form 2010, long form 2016) and a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist for her weird/dark SF poetry collections Dark Energies (P’rea Press, 2015) and Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010. Her other poetry collections include Twisted in Dream (Hippocampus Press, 2011), the SF/Lovecraftian sonnet sequence In the Yaddith Time (Mythos Books, 2007), Architectures of Night (Dark Regions Press, 2003), The Worms Remember (Hive Press, 2001), and Werewoman (Nocturnal Publications, 1990). In company with Keith Allen Daniels and Jerry H. Jenkins, she made up one-third of The Weird Sonneteers (Anamnesis Press, 2000). A selection of her SF verse also appeared in Time Frames (Rune Press, 1991). She has contributed dark verse to several Chaosium Press anthologies—Mark of the Beast, The Nyarlathotep Cycle, The Innsmouth Cycle, and The Book of Eibon—as well as to She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press, 2015), Tales of Jack the Ripper (Word Horde, 2013), Deepest Darkest Eden (Miskatonic River Press, 2013), A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press, 2012), Fungi (Innsmouth Free Press, 2012), Horror for the Holidays (Miskatonic River Press, 2011), Candle in the Attic Window (Innsmouth Free Press, 2011), and Future Lovecraft (Innsmouth FreePress, 2011). She was also Poet Laureate for NecronomiCon Providence (2015).

Her most recent weird fiction collection is Dark Equinox & Other Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Hippocampus Press, 2015). An earlier collection, Strange Stars & Alien Shadows (Lindisfarne Press) appeared in 2003.

Her mainstream haiku have also appeared in several anthologies, including Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press, 2015), Haiku in English (Norton, 2013), and Haiku 21 (Modern Haiku Press, 2011).

A lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountains, Schwader lives and writes in Westminster, Colorado, USA, where she volunteers at her local branch library.

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