July 16th, 2010


Mike Allen Steps Down from SFPA Volunteer Activities

In my term as president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Mike Allen has sort of been my secret weapon. I could have never done this job without him. He has always been there as a sounding board, with advice on how things were done in previous administrations, etc. And, he has continued to volunteer, often behind the scenes. In additon to the multitude of things he has done for the SFPA before I became president (president, Rhysling co-chair, Alchemy of Stars co-editor, deployment of the current website, ReaderCon laison, Star*Line layout editor, laid out the ’03-’06 Rhysling Anthologies, edited the Science Fiction Poetry Handbook for Suzette, created the website’s Rhysling Award archive, etc), he has continued to spend hours and hours of time for the benefit of speculative poetry.

He has continued to be our laison with ReaderCon, organizing our successful dealer's room table (this year's gross was $1300), being the emcee for the Rhysling Slan, as well as our laison with SFWA, where he has ensured our continued presence in the Nebula Anthology. He did the layout for the 2008 Rhysling Anthology, designed the cover for the 2010 Rhysling Anthology, He recently edited the Grand Master special feature in the most recent issue of Star*Line. He has always been there for us when we needed him and now he needs us to give him a little space.

Mike is at a point in his writing career where he needs to have the time to focus on it. I wish him well and thank him from the bottom of my heart for all he's done over the years.

Deborah P Kolodji
SFPA President