2023 Halloween Poetry Reading

curated by Patricia Gomes

shimPoet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts from 2014 to 2021, author and playwright Patricia Gomes is published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the New England Horror Writers Anthologies, Wicked Women and Wicked Creatures. A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2008, 2018 and 2021, and a Rhysling nominee, Gomes is the author of four chapbooks. Ms. Gomes recent publications include Muddy River Review, Wicked Women, Apex and Abyss, and the anthology Daughters of Sarpedon. Ms. Gomes is the co-founder of the GNB Writers Block as well as a member of the Massachusetts Poetry Society, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, New England Horror Writers, and the Horror Writers Association.

Previous Halloween Readings


All publication rights revert to poet.
Submissions are now open.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send up to 5 audio poems in mp3 format and/or 5 images in 300-pixel-wide .jpeg or .png format, with a 100-word-max bio, to Patricia at patg73@hotmail.com with the subject line: "SFPA 2023 Halloween: [Creator's name]." No more than one poem per poet will be accepted. Preference will be given to artwork submitted by poets to complement their poems.
  • Reprints are allowed. Please provide the name of the publication and date of first appearance (If your work is available online, please include the link).
  • No payment. SFPA acquires one-time electronic rights for audio and images. (Please note that for the purposes of Rhysling Award nominations, posting on the SFPA poetry page counts as publication.)
  • DEADLINE: Submissions are now open. Please send all material by October 26. Accepted work will be added throughout the month of October.
  • Please keep in mind when selecting a poem to record that Halloween is a popular children's holiday. If we feel that there is a problem with using a specific piece, either because of the content of the poem or the quality of the recording, the editor will contact the poet about it directly.
  • QUESTIONS? Email editor regarding submissions or the Halloween page at patg73@hotmail.com with the subject line "SFPA Halloween."

Thanks to the SFPA members who have contributed their poetry and art to this page. All recordings and images are copyrighted by their respective authors and used by permission.

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