August 25th, 2006

Egrets Reading

My First WorldCon

Today, I did something I haven't done since 1976, I attended a science fiction convention. The bottom line - I had more fun than I ever dreamed. It wasn't that I didn't have fun all those years ago at Equicon, a fan-run Star Trek convention, it's just that I'd convinced myself it was something I'd outgrown.

I worked half a day, and then my World Con day started when I walked into the fan table area around 1:30 and located the Science Fiction Poetry Association table, where I met former SFPA president Scott Green for the first time.

It's hard to see it in this photo, but I'm wearing all four of the WorldCon poetry buttons plus an additional button (a Bottle Rockets button Stanford Forrester gave me) and copies of my two sf poetry chapbooks are on the SFPA table.

Scott and his attendant, Lily, and I then went over to the Hilton where the SF Poetry Slam was scheduled.

The SF poetry reading was fantastic. I was thrilled to be able to participate. There were 12 readers and a total of about 20 in attendance. The following people read (in this order): Scott Green, Denise Dumars, me, Joe Haldeman, Vanessa Van Wagner, Liz LaValley, Alan Stewart, Drew Morse, Ella Vestabeck, Bob Faw, Richard Chwedyk, and samhenderson.

There was a wide variety of styles and voices. My favorite part was when Richard Chwedkyk read Rich and Pam Go to Fermilab and Later See a Dead Man. Another high point were Joe Haldeman's poems written for a Clarion workshop he teaches where a sf topic and a poetry form are picked, and then you have to write a poem using both.

Afterwards, I hung around with tithenai and mer_moon and the three of us went to a panel entitled "Magazines: Flourishing or Withering Away?" with panelists Gordon Van Gelder, Sheila Williams, Ellen Datlow, and Scott Edelman. Later, we went out to dinner with Drew Morse, samhenderson and Sam's parents at the Storyteller's Cafe in Downtown Disney.

Amal, Jessica, Debbie, Drew, Sam
Storyteller's Cafe, Downtown Disney

Afterwards, we got lost in the labyrinth of the Disneyland parking structure. Maybe we're still there.

rising moon
is that her car we hear
from the stairwell?