Thursday, March 23, 2017

50 Years Later: Remembering Otto Rene Castillo

It's time I think for a repost of Otto Rene Castillo's poem "Apolitical Intellectuals," here in the August 1970 edition of the Ann Arbor Sun. Born to the middle class family in Quetzaltenango, Otto Rene Castillo wrote 2 volumes of poetry in his lifetime. In 1967, he was interrogated, tortured, and burned alive by the Guatemalan government. This year, March 23rd marks the 50th anniversary of his death. He would have been 83 years old on April 25th. Keep involved.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Presenting at G-Fest XXIV!

art by Chris Scalf

For the very first time, I'll be presenting at G-Fest, the international Godzilla Convention this July on "Kaiju and Speculative Poetry"! See you in Chicago on July 16th in the Kennedy Room at noon at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare! The hotel is located at: 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont, Illinois.

Special guests for G-FEST XXIV include composer Michiru ƌshima, designer/illustrator Yuji Kaida, director and special effects director Shinji Higuchi, actor Ryuki Kitaoka, assistant director Kazuhiro Nakagawa, comics industry veteran Tony Isabella, and actor Robert Scott Field. Movies to be announced.

As the author of 6 books of science fiction poetry, my very first featured many poems that first appeared in G-Fan Magazine (a poem cycle entitled 'The Kaiju and I'). This year it's celebrating its 10th anniversary. On The Other Side Of The Eye qualified me for my 2009 NEA Fellowship. My book of Lao American Lovecraftian poetry, DEMONSTRA (Innsmouth Free Press, 2013) won the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2014 Elgin Award for Book of the Year and continued to expand upon the kaiju tradition in Laos.

This year, I'll be discussing the work of Jay Snodgrass, Bao Phi, Yusef Komunyakaa, Bryan D. Dietrich​, Simon-Bucher Jones, and other poets who've addressed Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and other legendary giant monsters in verse.

I'd like to put together a reasonable introductory list to kaiju poems for our participants, so if you have a poem or even a whole cycle or chapbook of poems you think are appropriate for the conversation, drop me a line at by May 1st, so I can get started putting the list together!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Visiting Artist at UC Merced!

I'm excited to announce that this April I will be the Visiting Artist for the University of California-Merced from April 2nd to 30th thanks to their Center for Humanities.

This will include a variety of readings, workshops, and brownbag talks with the community both on campus and in the city examining the intersections of the humanities and the arts with our world, particularly through the lens of refugees, immigrants and science fiction poetry. This is a groundbreaking project and I'm honored to be selected for it. More details to come soon!