On February 21, I received notification that my poem, Fallen, has been nominated for the 2007 Rhysling Awards in the long poem category. This is my second nomination (the first one was in '03).
For those who may not be familiar with the Rhyslings, they are an annual award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association (www.sfpoetry.com) for the best speculative poetry published in the prior year. The award is named after the famed bard from Robert A. Heinlein's short story, "The Green Hills of Earth." Each year the nominees are published in the Rhysling anthology and then the membership votes for 'the best of the best.' This year the SFPA is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Poets appearing in past anthologies include: Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman, Isaac Asimov, Diane Ackerman, Alan P. Lightman, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Peter Redgrove, Gene Wolfe, and Thomas Disch. The winning poets also appear in the Nebula awards anthology as well.
Naturally, I'm doing my happy dance! Yay poetry!