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HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents

HWA Poetry Showcase IX Table of Contents


“To Hear the Call” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
“spoon against bone” by Geneve Flynn
“The Koiy Factory” by Naomi Simone Borwein
“Birthpangs, Deathpangs” by Mary A. Turzillo
“FACE OFF” by Christina Sng
“A THOUSAND MILES FROM HERE” by Alessandro Manzetti
“Reasons Why You Can’t Go Out to Play Alone” by Victoria Nations
“The Science of Last Things” by K. H. Vaughan
“conflagration” by Cassondra Windwalker
“One Eye, Two Eyes” by Jacqueline West
“A Lacing of Lavender” by Carina Bissett
“Something to Know About the Wind At the Cliff House” by Hillary Dodge

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX

Congratulations Poets! by Angela Yuriko Smith

Congratulations to all the poets who were selected for the annual HWA Poetry Showcase IX, especially our featured poets Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn and Naomi Simone Borwein. It was difficult to choose just 50 poems when well over 200 poetry submissions came in this year. I’m grateful for fellow judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Pai for helping me to read all of these and make the hard decisions. 

A big thank you to HWA John Palisano for showing support for dark poetry and poets by not only doubling the

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) Announces The Release of its Next Publication: The HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume IX


The Horror Writers Association presents its ninth annual poetry showcase featuring a selection of the best original dark poetry from the past year. Edited by Angela Yuriko Smith with judges Lee Murray, Maxwell I. Gold and Frances Lu Pai Ippolito, this year features Stephanie M. Wytovich, Geneve Flynn, and Naomi Simone Borwein as our featured poets. Cover artwork by Kyra Starr.

Appreciation to HWA President John Palisano for doubling the payment to poets and awarding poets both payment and a contributor copy instead of poets choosing between two options. The artwork for this year’s cover pays tribute to

TWISTED IN DREAM by HWA Member Ann K. Schwader

Author: Ann K. Schwader

During the past decade or more, Ann K. Schwader has become the most critically acclaimed living author of weird and fantastic poetry. Following the distinguished tradition of Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft, Frank Belknap Long, and others, Schwader has written scores of finely chiseled and powerfully evocative verse that packs all the intensity of a short story within the space of a sonnet or quatrain.

The present volume gathers for the first time her collected weird poetry, including the complete contents of the landmark volume The Worms Remember (2001) and the sonnet cycle In the

The Quiet One

by Ann K. Schwader

I’m delighted that HWA continues to support and honor poetry as one of the Dark Arts of horror. It was a thrill to watch the live webcast of the Stokers this yearand see the enthusiasm generated by the Poetry Collection award.

    The Quiet One

    Her neighbors rarely notice her at all.
    She tends her garden, keeps her cottage neat,
    & regularly occupies a seat
    At Sunday services, so there’s no call
    For them to venture past that soft gray wall
    Of silence. Past her prime, though vaguely sweet,
    She blends into the bustle of their streets

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