2022 Schedule

Chicago Timezone
February 4th – February 6th
Registration for Capricon: https://capricon.org/registration/
Free and Paid Registration Available for attendees

12pm Sketchbook Tour (Art Demo)
4pm Speculative Poetry: A Reading by Poets of the SFPA

12pm Streaming SF&F 2021 & Beyond
2pm Are Hybrid Conventions a Fad or Are They Here To Stay
4pm Discussions with Speculative Poets
6pm Speculative Poetry Open-Mic (Host)

11am Improving Productivity with Postitive Peer Pressure Groups

FOGCon Virtual Poetry Reading
Pacific Timezone
February 26 @ 5pm

I am delighted to announce the first Zoom panel of the year at FOGCon. This event, in partnership with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, will feature seven poets and will be moderated by FOGCon’s own Wendy Shaffer.
Poets: Wendy Van Camp, Jessica Cho, David Kopaska-Merkel, Blaise Langlois, Denise Dumars, Brandon Obrien, and Katherine Quevedo.

Flights of Foundry Virtual Convention
Pacific Timezone
April 8th – 10th

6pm Strange Resonances: Poetry Craft and Technique for Speculative Writing

3pm The State of Speculative Poetry
8pm Wendy Van Camp Reading

Anaheim Open-Mic – Introduction of Anaheim Poet Laureate
Anaheim Central Library
May 5th @ 5pm PDT
I am the featured speaker at the monthly Anaheim Open-Mic and will also be formally introduced to the public as the new Anaheim Poet Laureate. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Balticon 56
Baltimore, Maryland
May 27-30, 2022
I will be there in person as a panelist, workshop teacher, and an artist in the art show.

Fri 4:00PM Being A Good Panelist
Sat 11:30AM Write What You Know! Wait, What Do I Know?
Sat 1:00PM Tales From the Slush Pile
Mon 10:00AM Discussions with Speculative Poets

Sat 5:30PM Speculative Poetry Reading with the SFPA
Sun 1:00PM Featured Reading: Wendy Van Camp
Sun 4:00PM Balticon Poetry Open-Mic (host)

Sun 10:00AM Autographs: Michelle Sonnier and Wendy Van Camp

Sun 11:30AM Prompts To Poetry – A Generative Poetry Workshop

Art Show:
Original Watercolor Paintings on one panel. Scifaiku Poetry Prints & open-end Digital Art Prints in the Print Shop area.

Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies
IASFS 21st Virtual Science Fiction Conference
Bangalore, India
July 17th – 20th

I am a speaker on a discussion panel called “Poetry and Science” led by Dr. Manisha Patil of the Guru Nanak College of Arts in Mumbai, India. The panel is virtual and will be available to conference attendees on July 18th at 11:15am IST. This is an academic conference for doctors and doctoral students that study science fiction literature.

Comic Con International
San Diego, CA
July 21st – 24th

My poetry illustrations, new watercolors, and digital art prints will be available at the Comic Con Art Show during the convention. The art show is no longer inside the convention center and thus is open to the public. I will not be attending in person. Find all the artists on the first floor behind the lobby of:

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Pl
San Diego, CA 92101

Literary Cleveland
A Virtal Workshop via Zoom
Scifaiku Poetry Workshop with Wendy Van Camp
Tuesday, August 16th 7pm EST
Learn more and Register: Literary Cleaveland
Scifaiku is like traditional haiku, but with slightly different rules. I will teach my method of writing this form of poetry.

Dwarf Stars Speculative Poetry Reading
sponsored by: SFPA
August 24th @ 4pm PDT
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2776376903
The Dwarf Star is a companion award to the famous Rhysling. While the Rhysling covers short and long poetry, the Dwarf Star is for micropoems such as scifaiku. When a poet is nominated, the poem is included in the annual Dwarf Star Anthology. This year, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Associated is featuring a reading of all the nominated poems in the anthology by the poets that wrote them. This is to help the membership hear the selections before voting.

I am to read my nominated poem in the last set of readings. I hope you’ll consider joining us. The public is welcome along with all SFPA members.

WorldCon/ChiCon 8
Chicago, IL
September 1st-5th

I am joining WorldCon in Chicago this year as a panelist, poet, and workshop instructor. While ChiCon 8 is in person this year, they have a virtual only option for both panelists and attendees. If you have not had the chance to be at a WorldCon in the past, this is an affordable way to see what all the excitement is about.

Friday, September 2 @ 4:00 PM CDT – March of Time (Virtual)
Sunday, September 4 @ 1:00 PM CDT – In Search of Non-Conforming Women (Virtual)

Friday, September 2 @ 2:30 PM CDT – Speculative Poetry Readings (virtual)
Saturday, September 3 @ 7:00 PM CDT – Featured Reading: Wendy Van Camp (virtual)

Sunday, September 4 @ 5:30 PM CDT – Prompts To Poetry – A Generative Poetry Workshop (virtual)

OC Zine Fest
Anaheim Central Library
Anaheim, CA
September 10 @ 12pm

Join Anaheim Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp for a talk about “The World of Speculative Poetry”. She will talk about her personal experience as a speculative poet, the active world-wide community associated with this poetry genre, and read a few of her speculative poems.

You can find Wendy at her table throughout the day with a selection of her poetry books to autograph and more information about her upcoming city events.

Canyon Hills Public Library
Anaheim Hills, CA
October 18th @ 5:30pm

Join Anaheim Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp for a discussion about her speciality, speculative poetry. Learn about the history of the poetry genre, the active world-wide community that surrounds it, and hear a selection of her poetry.

Canyon Hills Public Library
Anaheim Hills, CA
October 25th @ 5:30pm

Prompts To Poetry – A Generative Poetry Workshop
Bring your writing materials to this fun brainstorming session with Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp. She will give you a series of literary fiction prompts and ask you to write the details for a poem in only a few minutes before moving on to the next prompt. Crazy? Maybe so, but this method of rapid ideation promotes high levels of creativity and helps keep the poet’s inner editor out of the creative process. Expect to create at least six new seeds of poetry that you can grow into a full poem by the end of the workshop. At the end, you may read your poem to the class. The Anaheim Library will provide refreshments for our event.

Indie Author Day
Anaheim Central Library
Anaheim, CA
November 5th
11am – 4pm PDT

Celebrate the written word with local California authors and poets, published independently and via small press, in a day of education, networking, readings, at Anaheim Central Library’s Indie Author Day. Moderated by Poet Laureate Wendy Van Camp and Toastmaster Matthew Arnold Stern. Wendy Van Camp is Event Coordinator.

The event will feature panels about small press, writing craft, and poetry, with Developmental Editor Pam Shepard. Wander a book fair of local authors, small press, and writing organizations or join a kaffeeklatsch with published authors throughout the day. Poetry readings by published poets will be on the back patio during the afternoon, and autographs by our panelists, authors, and poets will be available.

Indie Author Day is a five-hour event on November 5th, 2022 in Anaheim’s Central Library from 11am to 4pm. No charge for entrance and free parking is available in the library lot.

Celebrate The Lunar Eclipse: Learn to Compose Scifaiku Poetry with the Theme of The Moon
Anaheim Sunkist Library
November 7th

As part of the lunar eclipse celebration at the Sunkist Branch Library of Anaheim, I kicked off the event with a workshop on how to create science themed haiku poems using the Moon as our theme. The class is for beginning to intermediate writers.

Los Angeles Marriott
Los Angeles, CA
November 25th – 27th

Panels & Readings
2:30 November 25 – Holding a Modern lens to our Myths and Legends
4:00 November 25 – Imaginative Verse: A Reading of Speculative Poets
5:30 November 25 – Anne McCaffrey: Multi-Genre Universes
10:00 November 26 – What Does Success in Writing Look Like?
1:00 November 26 – Goal Setting for Writers
5:30 November 26 – Finding Your Own Voice in Writing
11:30 November 27 – 19th Century Science Fiction
2:30 November 27 – Grokking Heinlein
4:00 November 27 – The Art of Poetry