The 2006 Rhysling Winners

2006 Rhysling Award—Short Poem: Mike Allen
Mike Allen 2006 photoWinning poem: "The Strip Search"

Since 1998, Mike Allen has edited the small poetry journal Mythic Delirium, publishing such writers as Joe Haldeman, Theodora Goss, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ian Watson, and Jane Yolen. He's had more than 150 poems published and about a dozen short stories; a large portion of his writing has been collected in the books Petting the Time Shark, Disturbing Muses, and Strange Wisdoms of the Dead. His latest project is a fiction/poetry anthology series called Mythic. For two years, he served as president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He lives in Roanoke, VA, with his wife Anita, two comical dogs and a demonic cat. With his fellow Roanoke writer Charles Saplak, he shared a long-poem Rhysling Award in 2003 for their collaborative poem "Epochs in Exile: A Fantasy Trilogy."

2006 Rhysling Award—Long Poem:
Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel

Winning poem: "The Tin Men"

Kendall Evans 2006 photo David C. Kopaska-Merkel 2006 photo

More than 100 poems by Kendall Evans (pictured, left), including several collaborations with David Kopaska-Merkel, have appeared in various sf/fantasy/horror magazines and anthologies. His poems "Mission to a Quantum Asteroid" and "Rapunzel, Rapunzella" received Rhysling nominations as best long poem of the year in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Another poem, "The Keeper of the Lighthouse at Land's End," received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. He is also the author of the novelette "Don Huavaca's Dia De Los Muertos," which appeared in the anthology Bare Bone 6.

David Kopaska-Merkel (right) has been editor of the genre poetry magazine Dreams and Nightmares for twenty years and is a former editor of Star*Line, the newsletter of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. In 2005 he was nominated for the group’s Grand Master award, and a number of his poems have been nominated for Rhysling Awards in previous years. David's poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, and Abyss & Apex. His poetry also has been collected in more than a dozen poetry books, including Shoggoths and The Ruined City. The recent collection Separate Destinations (D+66 Books, 2005) collects several of his collaborations with Kendall Evans, and another poem they co-wrote just appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction.

Kopaska-Merkel grew up in Charlottesville, VA, attending Albemarle High School in Albemarle County. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and his doctoral degree in geology at the University of Kansas. He makes his living as a geologist with the state of Alabama.

Photos from the 2006 Rhysling Award Poetry Slan

Mouse-over photos to read captions. All 2006 Slan photos by Dmitri Zagidulin.

Mary Turzillo reads (and performs) her humorous poem,'The Editors Regret.' ReaderCon 17 Guest of Honor James Morrow announces the 2006 Rhysling Award winners. Sheree Renee Thomas reads her topical New Orleans poem, 'Visitation from the Oracle at McKain Street.' Sonya Taaffe reads her poem 'Tarot in the Dungeon,' a 2006 Rhysling nominee.
Geoffrey Landis reads his poem 'Christmas (after we all get time machines),' the 2000 Rhysling Award long poem winner. Catherynne Valente reads her dark and surreal poem 'The Queen of Hearts.' JoSelle Vanderhooft reads her poem 'Danse Macabre,' a 2006 Rhysling nominee. Theodora Goss reads her fantasy poem 'What Her Mother Said.'

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