A Successful NaPoWriMo 2016!

During National (Global!) Poetry Writing Month 2016, I managed to write over thirty poems, only struggled for ideas or with sickness or laziness on a few days, and discovered that ideas are at least as plentiful as there are days in April. I also committed to self-publishing on my blog at least one poem a day; sharing approximately thirty of them during a month of quick quantity over quality seemed like a no-brainer because I plan to write thousands of poems in my life.

Thank you Maureen Thorson for creating and managing this wonderful annual activity. Thank you everyone who read and shared my work. Thank you to all the poets who shared their work and provided me with daily inspiration. And thank you to the following poets and artists especially who participated and shared their frequently astronomy and planetary science-related poetry and sketches on Twitter, shared my work, and kept me honest and inspired every single day:

Here is a list of all my published NaPoWriMo 2016 poems for easy reference:

  1. April
  2. Bad Neighbors
  3. Brother
  4. The Ancients in Their Frozen Tombs
  5. Shock Level Zero
  6. Caught on Camera
  7. In which new followers learn I’m gay
  8. Return to Oz
  9. Shock Level One
  10. The City as Fairy Tale
  11. Dragging
  12. Shock Level Two
  13. But Why, The Shape of Things, and En Them Que Rumble
  14. Mountain Gerunds
  15. Planetary Protection Nursery Rhyme
  16. Hi, I’m Not Lucy and Hi, I’m Not Rebecca
  17. Shock Level Three
  18. Hi, I’m Not Sacajawea
  19. Meta Malone
  20. Shock Level Four
  21. His Mother and the Juniper Tree
  22. Airport, Watching People
  23. Stone’s Thrown
  24. Legendary
  25. Visitors
  26. Vineyard
  27. Sick Day
  28. One Night Stand
  29. Below the Ice
  30. April Recap

Published by

Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).