Horror Poet Bryan Thao Worra Takes Book of the YearNews Chris Alexander
One thing that rarely gets covered in FANGORIA is poetry. This is perhaps because there are so few working professional poets left and even fewer who cite the horror genre as their muse of choice. That’s why we feel it’s news that the Science Fiction Poetry Association just announced that Laotian writer Bryan Thao Worra’s book of poetry, DEMONSTRA has won the 2014 Elgin Award for Book of the Year.
Worra’s dark, affecting DEMONSTRA was first published in 2013 by the Canadian company Innsmouth Free Press and features the artwork of Laotian artist Vongduane Manivong. Many of the traditional ghost stories and legends of Laos, as well as the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Phillip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and others inspired the poems, which are as swoony as they are scary. The Science Fiction Poetry Association also announced that Helen Marshall’s collection, THE SEX LIVES OF MONSTERS from Kelp Queen Press has won Chapbook of the Year.
Created in 1978, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has almost 300 members internationally. The Elgin Award is named after their founder, the poet Suzette Haden Elgin. Additional details are at the SFPA Website here. And to learn more about Worra’s work visit his site here.