My Review of The Terraformers by Dan Hoy On Strange Horizons

I recently reviewed poetry chapbook The Terraformers by Dan Hoy with illustrations by Tristan McNatt for Strange Horizons magazine. Check it out here!


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2018 SFPA Elgin Awards

I am honored and humbled to announce the SFPA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association) has invited me back to chair the Elgin Awards again this year! Here’s the official announcement from the SPECPO Blog:

Nominations for the 2018 Elgin Awards are now open until May 15th, 2018. The SFPA is pleased to announce the return of Josh Brown as the Elgin Awards Chair.

SFPA President Bryan Thao Worra remarked: “Josh Brown was a talented and effective chair of the Elgin Awards in 2017, helping to organize one of our biggest nominating periods to date. We have no doubt that he will be just as capable as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association observes our 40th anniversary this year. We are grateful to have his services for this  important award for our community.”

The Elgin Awards, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, Chapbook and Book. This will be the 6th year the awards are presented.


Candidates for consideration in the chapbook category must contain 10-39 pages of poetry and while full-length book candidates  must contain 40 or more pages of poetry. E-books and self-published books are eligible, as well as print.

Books that won first–third place in the previous year’s Elgin Awards are ineligible. For a list of books that received first-third place in 2017, as well as prior year nominees, you can visit here. Books that were nominated in a previous year but are eligible for nomination this year must be re-nominated by an active member of the SFPA for consideration in 2018.

Single-author and collaborative books are eligible; anthologies are not. Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible. Books must be in English, but translations are eligible. In the case of translations that also contain the poems in the original language, those pages will not count toward the total page count. Nominated books must be made available to the Chair upon request to remain eligible.


Only members can nominate books. They may not nominate their own books, but they may nominate multiple books, and the books need not be by members in order to be nominated or to win.

A list of nominated books has been posted on the SFPA website. The title, author, poetry page count, and press name and address (URL or postal) are required to nominate. If available, a link to a page where the book can be purchased or downloaded should also be provided.

In general, a substantive portion of the book’s poems, a clear theme of a speculative nature, or the author or publisher’s self-designation of the book as a work of speculative poetry will be necessary to fully qualify as an eligible candidate for the Elgin Award. The Elgin Award chair may ask nominators, publishers and authors for additional clarification in cases where questions arise.


Josh Brown, is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He has spent the past fifteen years in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. An active member of SFPA, Josh Brown’s work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and more. His essay, “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit” was recently featured in Critical Insights: The Hobbit (Salem Press, 2016). He served as editor for issue 20 of Eye to the Telescope, the official online journal of the SFPA. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

First established in 1978, the Science Fiction Poetry Association brings together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry, as well as poetry incorporating fantasy horror and other imaginative genres. An international organization, it publishes two journals, Star*Line and Eye to the Telescope, and oversee three major literary awards for poetry: The Rhyslings, the Dwarf Stars, and the Elgin Awards. The Science Fiction Poetry Association also conducts an annual science fiction poetry contest and other special events and gatherings. They also provide resources for emerging and established poets seeking professional publication and networking opportunities. Consider joining the association today!

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SFPA 40th Year Kickoff Reading

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, connecting an international membership of over 300 writers, readers and creators. Join us on January 10th at Mojo Coffee Gallery for our kickoff reading featuring local Minnesota poets and performers sharing their creative writing with the community.

Among those already confirmed presenting and performing will be the SFPA President, Bryan Thao Worra, Kyle Dekker, award-winning poet Ruth Berman of the Lady Poetesses from Hell, Josh Brown (that’s me!), Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, Tu the Judoka, Jake Skillings, Riawa Thomas-Smith, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Rev. Matt’s Monster Science, and Phillip Andrew Bennett Low of Not So Silent Planet, the nation’s longest-running speculative literature slam.

Refreshments and additional entertainment provided! This performance is free and open to the public!

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The Spell

“The Spell” is a short comic I did with art by Doug Stambaugh. It was published in Mysterious Visions After Hours #3 (editor Tomm Gabbard) from Dimestore Productions in 2008.





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Who are the 2017 Elgin Award Winners?


Expanded remarks and an overview from Our 2017 Elgin Awards Chair, Josh Brown.

Poetry is back, baby.

You may have seen the article recently in Publishers Weekly, “Is Poetry the New Adult Coloring Book?” I’ll admit I cringed a little at the headline, which would seem to suggest that poetry is just another passing fad, a fleeting “in the moment” kind of thing, when it’s not. Speculative poetry is nothing new, either, take Beowulf, or Paradise Lost, for example.

So yes, it would seem that poetry is back, but then again, did it ever go anywhere? Hasn’t it been right here with us all along? Personally, it’s difficult for me to see this in broad strokes, mostly because my “day job” grants me the honor and privilege of working with some of the very best poetry presses in the world. But yes, when I see the…

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Poem in the Spring 2017 issue of Silver Blade Magazine

My poem, “Nine,” appears in issue 34, Spring 2017, of Silver Blade Magazine. The poem was inspired by my fascination with the number 9, and its connection to budo and martial arts.

Silver Blade issue 34 Spring 2017

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2017 Elgin Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the 2017 Elgin Award nominees! It has been an honor to serve as Award Chair for this important and prestigious award that recognizes the best science fiction and fantasy (and everything else “speculative”) books and chapbooks from year to year.

Apocalypse • John C. Mannone (Alban Lake, 2015)
An Assortment of Sky Things • Christina Sng (Allegra Press, 2016)
Corona Obscura • Michael R. Collings (CreateSpace, 2016)
Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together) • Susan Gray (Burning Eye Books, 2016)
Ghost Skin • Wren Hanks (Porkbelly Press Press, 2016)
Ghost Tongue • Nicole Rollender (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
In Favor of Pain • Angel Yuriko Smith (CreateSpace, 2016)
Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak • Stacey Balkun (dancing girl press, 2016)
Leviathan • Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016)
Lost City Museum • Stacey Balkun (ELJ Publications, 2016)
The Mole People by Heather Cox (Bat Cat Press, 2016)
Moon Facts • Bob Schofield (Nostrovia! Press, 2015)
Notes on the End of the World • Meghan Privitello (Black Lawrence Press, 2016)
Prophet Fever • Wren Hanks (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016)
Quick Bright Things: poems of fantasy & myth • P.S. Cottier (Ginninderra Press, 2016)
Shipwreck Smiles • Lauren Andrei (Cozy Muse, 2016)
Shopping After the Apocalypse • Jessie Carty (dancing girl press, 2016)
Southern Cryptozoology • Allie Marini (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015)
Radio Heart, or; How Robots Fall Out of Love • Margaret Rhee (Finishing Line Press, 2016)
Violet Hours • Jeanie Tomasko (Taraxia Press, 2016)
What Stranger Miracles • James Brush (White Knuckle Press, 2016)
Full-length Books
The Acolyte • Nancy Hightower (Port Yonder Press, 2015)
Apocalypse • Frederick Turner (Ilium Press, 2016)
Bone Confetti • Muriel Leung (Noemi Press, 2016)
The Book of Robot • Ken Poyner (Barking Moose Press, 2016)
Brief Encounters with My Third Eye: Selected Short Poems 1975-2016 • Bruce Boston (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2016)
Chemical Letters • Octavia Cade (Popcorn Press, 2015)
The Crimson Tome • K. A. Opperman (Hippocampus Press, 2015)
Dark Parchments • Michael H. Hanson (MoonDream Press, 2015)
Dead Starships • Wendy Rathbone (Eye Scry Publications, 2016)
Field Guide to the End of the World • Jeannine Hall Gailey (Moon City Press, 2016)
The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor by Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Argos Books, 2016)
Ghosts Still Walking • Do Nguyen Mai (Platypus Press, 2016)
A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora • Jenna Le (Anchor & Plume, 2016)
House of Mystery by Courtney Bates-Hardy (ChiZine Publications, 2016)
I Am Not A War • Sophia Terazawa (Essay Press, 2016)
In the Crocodile Gardens • Saba Razvi (Agape Editions, 2016)
Lost Gardens of the Hakudo Maru • Ryu Ando (a…p press, 2016)
Marginalia to Stone Bird • Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
On that one-way trip to Mars • Marlena Chertock (Bottlecap Press, 2016)
Poems of My Night • Cynthia Pelayo (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2016)
Poor Anima • Khaty Xiong, (Apogee Press, 2015)
The Primitive Observatory • Gregory Kimbrell (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)
PseudoPsalms: Saints v. Sinners • Peter Adam Salomon (Journalstone, 2016)
The Role of Lightning in Evolution • David Clink (Kelp Queen Press, 2016)
Sacrificial Nights • Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria, 2016)
The Seven Yards of Sorrow • David E. Cowen (Weasel Press, 2016)
Small Spirits: Dark Dolls • Marge Simon (Midnight Town Media, 2016)
Staying Alive • Laura Sims (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016)
Turn Left at November: Poems • Wendy Rathbone (Eye Scry Publications, 2015)
Underwater Fistfight • Matt Betts (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2016)
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