James Ph. Kotsybar


Vandenberg Village, CA 93436

Author's Bio

Chosen for special recognition by NASA, James Ph. Kotsybar is the first poet to be published to another planet. His haiku currently orbits Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, appears in the mission log of The Hubble Space Telescope, and was featured at NASA’s Centaur Art Challenge at IngenuityFest, Ohio. 
In 2018, he performed his poetry before an international audience of scientists, journalists and actual Troubadours in their founding city of Toulouse, France, at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2018) by invitation of the President of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters and received a standing invitation to return.

Publications & Prizes

While You Wait a collection by Santa Barbara County poets (Gunpowder Press, 2021)
Gargoyle (Paycock Press, 2019)
Ars Poetica
Cathexis Northwest Press
Society of Classical Poets
Prizes won: 


  • State Poetry Society of Michigan Award (2HM 2015).
  • Hubble Space Telescope – limerick included in mission log (2010),
  • NASA’s Centaur Art Challenge – IngenuityFest, Ohio (September 2014),
  • Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention – BALTICON 48 Poetry Competition (May 2014).
  • NASA’s MAVEN Program – haiku chosen for “special recognition” and launch to Mars (August 2013),
  • Lone Stars Magazine  -- LIGHT OF THE STARS (January 2013),
  • Tapestry of Bronze – ODES TO THE OLYMPIANS (Spring 2012),
  • Society of Classical Poets – FIRST ANNUAL COMPETITION (2012),



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Last update: Jun 11, 2021