About Versification

Versification is an independent website offering reviews of speculative poetry. Not flash fiction, not short stories, not novels – just poetry. If you’re curious about speculative poetry in general, we suggest you read Speculative Poetry: A Symposium, which discusses, among other things, some of the challenges facing the spec-poetry field today. One of those challenges is (or was) a lack of venues offering reviews of the poetry included in speculative magazines and collections, or reviews of poetry collections themselves. Versification is here to meet that challenge.

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Our dedicated reviewers are:

Some people have already discovered that Alexandra Seidel has a warped mind. The least that does is help with speculative writing, the most… has yet to be determined conclusively. Samples of Alexa’s writing can be found at Strange Horizons, Bull Spec, The Red Penny Papers and elsewhere. She edits poetry for Niteblade and Fantastique Unfettered and really tries updating her blog once or twice a month: www.tigerinthematchstickbox.blogspot.com

Amal El-Mohtar is presently pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the Cornwall campus of the University of Exeter. She is the author of The Honey Month (Papaveria Press, 2010), and has twice been awarded the Rhysling award for Best Short Poem. Her short story, “The Green Book,” was nominated for the Nebula Award, and her work has recently appeared in Stone Telling, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, Apex, and Welcome to Bordertown. She co-edits Goblin Fruit with Jessica P. Wick, and keeps a blog somewhat tidy at http://tithenai.livejournal.com.

Deborah J. Brannon is a little bit jack (of the trades sort, not the beanstalk) and lives in the American South where she drinks too much tea. She studies Victorian literature professionally, often gets rather excited about fairy tales, and lives a double life as the Geek Dame. When she’s not working on her degree, she writes creatively: her work has appeared in the anthology Human Tales and online in Scheherezade’s Bequest, The Pedestal Magazine, and on her website. Reviews and articles she has written have appeared at Cabinet des Fées, Stone Telling, and Green Man Review. She lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her personal historian-turned-husband and two singular cats. 

Erik Amundsun has written poetry for Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium and Jabberwocky. He smiles at the good, he frowns on the bad (and sometimes, he is barking mad). Erik lives in central Connecticut.

Francesca Forrest is pretty dang speculative, and sometimes she speculates in poetry. You can find samples in Scheherezade’s Bequest, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Not One of Us, The Linnet’s Wings, Aoife’s Kiss, and at asakiyume.livejournal.com.

JC Runolfson has trained to read poetry critically since she was seven years old. She has written reviews and analyses for local newspapers, literary journals, The Fix, and Strange Horizons, among other venues. She’s also a poet whose work has appeared in several publications, including Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling, and Mythic Delirium.

Our webgeek is:

Erzebet YellowBoy likes poetry a lot. She writes it, she reads it, and she publishes as much of it as she can. She also likes to build websites. She manages this site, fields the email and is the person you’ll reach when you use the contact form.