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HWA POETRY SHOWCASE III: MEET BRUCE BOSTON

Hi Everyone, Today I'm interviewing the lovely Bruce Boston, a poet whom I've admired for many, many years.  Bruce has published fifty books and chapbooks, including the novels  Stained Glass Rain  and the best-of fiction collection  Masque of Dreams,  and h is work ranges from broad humor to literary surrealism, with many stops along the way for science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Boston's novel  The Guardener's Tale  (Sam's Dot, 2007) was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist and a Prometheus Award Nominee, and his stories and poems have appeared in hundreds of publications, including  Asimov's SF Magazine, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror , and  The Nebula Awards Showcase , and received a number of awards, most notably, a Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov's Readers' Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. For more info

HWA POETRY SHOWCASE III: MEET MICHAEL A. ARNZEN

Hi Everyone, Today I stole my buddy Mike Arnzen away from his computer and threw him in THE MADHOUSE with me for a short stay. Mike has been here with me a couple times now, and fun fact, has even hung out with me and explored an actual  madhouse before (see: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum). So sit back, relax, and get into minds of my one of my favorite writers! How did you hear about the poetry showcase? I've wanted to be a part of the HWA's support for poetry ever since I first heard the HWA was publishing these Showcases.  I'd read the previous two anthologies and was really impressed by the work they contained, and I regretted overlooking the deadlines and never submitting to them. So when I heard another one was in production, I made it a point to not let the deadline pass me by this time.  The HWA has done so much for me over the years (I've been a member since the 90s) that I am trying to give back in different ways, from contributing to books like th

SAINT OR SINNER? WELCOME TO THE MADHOUSE, PETER SALOMON.

Hi Everyone: Today in THE MADHOUSE, I've kidnapped fellow horror author and poet, Peter Adam Salomon. Peter and I have known each other for a few years now as we both exchange and critique each other's writing from time to time, and most importantly, we both have the same twisted flair and appreciation for the dark arts, too. His latest poetry collection, PseudoPsalms: Saints v. Sinners is now running free in the (under)world, and as such, I wanted to give you all a peek behind the veil to hear a little more about his creative process and how for him, the lines between fiction and poetry are a little blurred. Enjoy! GUEST POST : by Peter Adam Salomon Despite two published novels and one Bram Stoker award nomination (for ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS) in the Young Adult novel category, I still think of myself as a poet. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I’ve been writing poems since I was seven and only started writing novels as an adult. Perhaps because I believe

HWA POETRY SHOWCASE III: MEET CORRINE DE WINTER

Next up in my HWA Poetry Showcase Interview series, is Corrine De Winter. Please take a few moments to read through her words, learn about her process, and see what is next on her to-do list! Welcome to THE MADHOUSE, Corrine. How did you hear about the poetry showcase?  I have been a member of HWA for some years now. What  is the title of you poem? Why did you decide to submit that particular piece? "Always The Black and White Keys"-  The poem speaks of heartbreak, which we've all experienced, and how difficult it is to sometimes let go- Death takes over and we are at a loss, but the heart muddles through it. What is your process like for writing poetry?  A line will come to me usually that I can build off of- Reading excellent poetry really helps with meter and cadence, of course. I hardly ever sit down for the sole purpose of writing a poem- if they don't come organically I do not force them.  Who are some of your poetic influences? My