Meet David C. Kopaska-Merkel

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David C. Kopaska-Merkel (@DavidKM on Twitter) has been writing SF and fantasy since the 70s. He edited Star*line [journal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Ass’n (SFPA)] in the late ‘90s, and later served as SFPA President.

Many of his poems have received Rhysling nominations, and he won the Rhysling award for best long poem in 2006 for “The Tin Men,” a collaboration with Kendall Evans. Two chapbooks took 2nd Place Elgin awards: “SETI Hits Paydirt,” 2015,, and “The Edible Zoo,” 2014, His 29th book, a speculative-poetry collection entitled Metastable Systems, has been nominated for the Elgin award of the SFPA.

He was voted SFPA Grand Master in 2017. His poetry has been published in scores of venues, including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Night Cry

Kopaska-Merkel edits and publishes Dreams and Nightmares, a genre print poetry zine that features a daily poem on its blog, now in its 34th year of publication.

He lives in a centuried farmhouse that has been engulfed, but not digested, by a city.

Buy David’s books
Front Cover of David C. Kopaska-Merkel's book The Ambassador Takes One For The Team

The Ambassador Takes One For The Team – A wonderful collection of speculative poetry by David C. Kopaska-Merkel, sprinkled with fantastic artwork by Allen Koszowski

Print version – 7.00

Entanglement – A collection of mind bending poems by David C. Kopaska-Merkle and Kendall Evans.

Print version – 8.99

Cover of Metastable Systems by David Kopaska-Merkel

 Metastable Systems – science, and twisted science poetry from master poet, David C. Kopaska-merkel

ebook format – 2.99
Print version – 9.99

Footprints in Stone cover Footprints in Stone
The Egg Show cover
The Egg Show, speakeasy press, 2005, ISBN 0-9762962-0-9 (poetry) ($40, entirely handmade including the paper)
Luminous Worlds Cover Luminous Worlds, Dark Regions Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-937128-92-0 (poetry). Also available on
SETI His Paydirt cover

SETI Hits Paydirt, Popcorn Press, 2014, (poetry)
God and Monsters cover Gods and Monsters (flash fiction), Popcorn Press, 2015