High School Teacher’s Poem Nominated for Rhysling’s Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Poem Award

High School Humanities teacher, John Reinhart, had his poem, “Curse of Waccasassa Lagoon,” recently nominated for the Rhysling Award for best sci-fi/fantasy poem published in 2018. Though it originally appeared in Dreams & Nightmares, it has been reprinted online and you can read it here: http://talesmoonlitpath.com/poetry__trashed/reinhart/.

According to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s website:  Nominees for each year’s Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association… All nominated works must have been first published during the preceding calendar year of the awards year. The Rhysling Awards are put to a final vote by the membership of the SFPA selection from all nominated works, presented in the Rhysling Anthology. 

A Denver native, John joined Maine Coast in 2018 after eleven years of teaching at the Denver Waldorf High School, where he was also a student for 14 years. Through teaching, John rediscovered the joys of writing poetry. In poetic circles, John describes his teaching work as arson after Yeats’s sentiment that ‘education is not the filling of pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ This collaborative act of breaking down walls and building anew from the flames is what gets John fired up in the classroom. When not at school, John immerses himself in stories, music, tinkering, and exploring the outdoors with his family.