The contestants will include:
- Jon Agee, writer of many books of palindromes illustrated with cartoons including Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!: and Other Palindromes
- Martin Clear, who is apparently flying in from Australia to compete and who has definitely written a lot of palindromes. Like these
Goddesses, bored now, assess a wonder-obsessed dog.He has even posted some palindromic poetry.
Some modem telepaths in a Danish tape let me do memos.
Tim lifted a cat; Elton did not let a cadet film it.
But that's not why I'm subscribing to his blog; it's because of this poem:
Mary had a little RAM
It’s free space, wired and slow
And every wire that Mary wet
That RAM would short and blow.
- John Connett, professor of biostatistics, writer of these:
Eva, can I stack Rod’s sad-ass, dork cats in a cave?
No cab, eh, Ted? I sat up. I put aside the bacon.
- Nick Montfort who co-wrote 2002: A Palindrome Story, a 2002-word palindrome, written in 2002 (also available as an illustrated book). I know him from his contributions to the interactive fiction community, but he appears to be a professor of writing about interactive fiction and making cool online creative stuff (a field we can always use more professors in).
- Mark Saltveit, editor of The Palindromist - a magazine dedicated to palindromes (and also a great site where I found out a lot about the world of palindromes.) He also does stand-up comedy about palindromes.
Pay on time, emit no yap.
Art, anise, riff of fire: Sinatra.
- ... and one lucky contestant picked from the audience based on a demonstration of their palindrome prowess.
It's happening March 16th in Brooklyn. It costs $80 to get in the door. See the crossword puzzle tournament site for further details on the schedule.
Once I find out what the winning palindrome is, I will post a follow-up.
UPDATE: I found a soft profile of contestant Mark Saltveit and the World Palindrome Championship.