Jul 31, 2008

Rhysling update, Rhysling Anthology out now...



Here's a much needed update on a couple of award nominations I received this past year, The James Award and the Rhysling Award. I lost 'em both.

Seriously though, once I thought about it, I had that old Hollywood cliche running through my head about how much of an honor it is just to be nominated. And I found that it is true. For me anyway. For the James Award, Scott Virtes won the Best Article category, in which I was also nominated. It was nice to be included on a short list along with writers like Scott and Bruce Boston.

Now to the Rhysling Awards, which were announced at Readercon a couple of weeks ago. The list of nominees is far too long to reproduce here, including a slew of nominations for my good friend Kendall Evans (a more deserving fellow there ain't), but suffice to say I was in the best company in the field.

In both cases it was great just to be nominated. Spec House of Poetry received four nominations this year, and I got one. It was a good year.

The best moment for a bibliophile like me was getting my copies of The 2008 Rhysling Anthology in the mail. The book is beautifully produced, and best of all, I'm in it. It is available for sale now at sfpoetry.com. Do all the nominees and winners a favor and get a copy.

9 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

You're absolutely right about the honor in being nominated. I still remember what a thrill it was when I was nominated for a Rhysling. It's always going to be one of my fondest moments, even though I didn't win.

Congrats on all the recognition you and your mag have been getting.

J. Bruce Fuller said...

Thanks Charles, --J

Greg Schwartz said...

I second that. The nomination itself is an honor, especially when you look at the table of contents and find your name squeezed in among some of the genre's best poets.

Spec House has produced some great titles, and deserves those nominations.

J. Bruce Fuller said...

Thanks Greg, --J

Josh Maday said...

Congrats, J! Ditto Charles and Greg. Keep up the good work.

amanda currie said...

Sorry to track you down like a crazy stalker, but since you don't do the hive mind stuff, it's difficult. Glad things are working out for you.

J. Bruce Fuller said...

Amanda,

Hive Mind, no, Blogosphere, yes.

Wyn/Heather said...

J, I don't know if you check this blog regularly or not, but it's been, like, a billion years since I last talked to you. Of course, you may not be the same J I wrote poems with, with Cheech, at the Atomic Cafe... But, I can't double-check that, because you have no profile available to look at! ;)

I really, really want to catch up with you and see how you're doing. It's been forever. So, drop me a line, sometime. wyndolyn(a)gmail(.)com :)

~Wyn
(formerly Heather Brown)

J. Bruce Fuller said...

Heather (Currently Wyn),
Same J... I've been pretty busy lately, wife, two kids, and I'm in the Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry program at McNeese State University. How about you?