Raymond K. Rugg
Speculative Poetry (as RK Rugg)
Speculative Poetry (as RK Rugg)
Raymond K. Rugg (he/him) works in Speculative Fiction, Speculative Nonfiction and Speculative Poetry.
A non-Native native of the American West, Rugg grew up on a ranch located in the foothills of the Mission Mountains on the Flathead Reservation of Northwest Montana and spent much of his youth working in the family outfitting business--wrangling horses, guiding pack trips into the wilderness areas of Montana and Idaho and later on, guiding whitewater raft trips and floats.
After several decades living in the Reno-Tahoe area of Nevada, he now lives in New England (where he can, coincidentally, trace his family tree back to the 1600s). From his home just outside Boston, he continues to work in the speculative fiction genre while freelancing print and web content and holding a corporate day job in office technology sales.
Some past projects of note include:
August: Review of Lost in Transmission: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Desirina Boskovich in SFRA Review Vol. 51, No. 3 (Summer 2021), an open access journal published four times a year by the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) under a CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.
July: SpecPo in the current issue of Illumen Magazine , a quarterly digest of SF&F poetry... "Ten Squared" is a poem crafted from ten lines of ten syllables each.
July: The official launch of New Tales of the Round Table takes place on September 30, but the book, which includes my "Camelot- A Villanelle," is already available online.
Coming later this year: SpecPo in Asimov's Magazine of Science Fiction
-June 4, 2021: Presentation at the Popular Culture Association 2021 National Conference on "A Sense of Place: Portrayals of the Reservation in Contemporary Native American Speculative Fiction"
-The April/May 2021 issue of Utopia Science Fiction Magazine includes my SpecPo, "Prodigal"
-Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Volume 2 contains my poem, "In An Ivory Tower." It is a form known as a Prime 53 Poem and I'm delighted that it found a home in this beautiful book from Dimensionfold Publishing.
-February 25, 2021: Presentation at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association annual conference on "A Sense of Place: Portrayals of the Reservation in Native American Speculative Fiction"
-"The Beasts Are Gods" (SpecPo text and audio) in January issue of Abyss & Apex magazine
-"Northern Rockies" (SpecPo graphic) in November issue of Snakeskin poetry webzine.
-"Tapestry" (SpecPo) in October/November issue of Utopia Science Fiction magazine.
-Served as a juror for the 2020 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants program sponsored by the Speculative Literature Foundation.
-October 30, 2020: Presentation at the 5th annual Vampire Academic Conference on "Blood Brothers: Comic-book Influences on Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot"
-October 24, 2020: Presentation at the New England Popular Culture Association annual conference on "Kid Stuff: The Younging Down of Adult SF Literature"
-"They Say at this Time of Year" (SpecPo audio) at Science Fiction Poetry Association 2020 Halloween Poetry Reading