Words for Worlds

Words for Worlds is an anthology produced by Porkbelly Press in Cincinnati, Ohio. This 38 page handbound booklet includes poems from members of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts poetry panel, also titled Words for Worlds. | open edition | $7.50

acknowledgements:

Some of the poems in this anthology are reprints and first appeared in such mags & books as: Azimov’s, Cthulu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness, Dissections, Drawn to Marvel, Goblin Fruit, Science Fiction Poetry, Strange Horizons, and others.

contributors:

Bruce Boston
Bryan Dietrich
Donna Hooley
Sandra Lindow
David Lunde
P. Andrew Miller
Donald Riggs
Marge Simon
Mary Turzillo
Gina Wisker

from the editor of the anthology:

There is stardust in each of us. It yearns to return to the vastness of space, the beauty of the cosmos. We reach for the stars with telescopes and space ships, probes and transmissions. Some of us reach through science and formulas. Others with paper and poetry. We create worlds from words and use words for worlds.

Poetry has been part of the literature of the Fantastic for a very long time. After all, the first epic poems were all fantastic in nature. At the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, poetry is celebrated with the Words for Worlds panels. First organized by poet Judith Kerman, the panels have hosted many current poets of the fantastic who, each year, share their visions of words and worlds. This chapbook features the poets who have been regulars at the conference and the poetry panels for many years. It is my pleasure to put this chapbook together.

If you ever have the chance to attend ICFA, please stop by the poetry panels. Until then, please enjoy our words for worlds.

P. Andrew Miller, February 2015

about the editor:

P. Andrew Miller is the author of the short story collection In Love, In Water and Other Stories (Post Mortem Press), as well as the lyric comic The Legacy of the Turquoise Knight (Finishing Line Press), and the prose chapbook Bodies in Water (Porkbelly Press). He has been an attending author at ICFA since the mid 90’s. He teaches at Northern Kentucky University.

colophon:

Cover Art: “The Nursery” (24 x 18 inches, acrylic on canvas) by Jonathan Rountree. Design & Production by: Nicci Mechler, Porkbelly Press. The cover is printed on either acid free cardstock (laser) or Epson Ultra Premium Matte paper (inkjet). All are handbound.

Bodies in Water & Vein of Stone (open edition)

We’re pleased to present you with a first look at the open edition covers of two of our titles. These covers are inkjet printed on matte professional photo paper & feature hand-cut title flags, typewritten on recycled (100% PCW) paper. Each varies slightly.

Bodies in Water Cover Art

“No River Like Craving” (oil, 36 x 48 inches) by Angie Reed Garner.
Garner is a second-generation narrative painter from Kentucky. www.angiereedgarner.com

Vein of Stone Cover Art

“I Was Listening” (collagraph & monotype, 15 x 22 inches) by Kathleen Piercefield.
Piercefield is a Kentucky based printmaker and fine artist. www.kpiercefield.com

 

Bodies in Water and Vein of Stone are available via Etsy.
Special edition copies (screen printed covers) may also be available. Please check our Porkbelly Press shop section.

Stay tuned for a look at our first micro chapbooks & other titles.

Bodies in Water – P. Andrew Miller

Porkbelly Press is pleased to announce the acceptance of its first chapbook, P. Andrew Miller’s Bodies in Water.  | order

This chapbook, forthcoming in the first quarter of 2014, pairs a personal essay (sprinkled with lyric language and just a little shapeshifting magic) with a short story exploring the way the river’s song slowly takes over a woman’s life, and, in some ways, her family. This chapbook explores identity, memory, and obsession—you may yet look differently at the river the next time you cross one.

A sample from “Skins”:

In spring, I will feel the call of the sun and the heat and the water.  In those first few days of 70 degree weather, I will give in to the call that I will hear in my heart and my blood. I will know it is spring and I will answer.

I will wait until dusk, then I will pick up my skin and make my way across the street and then walk down to where the larger creek runs under the road, pouring out and down the hill into the Great Miami. I will climb and slip down the bank to the edge of the creek…

We’re proud to welcome Andy into our family here at Porkbelly Press. He just happens to be a Cincinnati native, and friend to writers around the world. If you’re interested in learning more about him and his other publications, as well as items currently available for purchase online, please check out his blog: Talk Geek to Me

P. Andrew Miller is coordinator of creative writing at Northern Kentucky University. His stories and poems have appeared in many different publications including Sugared Water, Dragon Magazine, Sword & Sorceress 13 and 18, The MacGuffin, Drawn to Marvel, and many others. His first chapbook, The Legacy of the Turquoise Knight was a lyric comic released from Finishing Line Press in 2010. His short story collection In Love, In Water and Other Stories is forthcoming from Post Mortem Press. He lives in Cincinnati and collects dragons, super hero artwork, and Germans.