Pre-orders are now available for A Quiet Afternoon 2, from Grace & Victory Publications! This is their second anthology of “low-fi speculative fiction for a peaceful break from a stressful world,” and includes my piece, “Her Mother’s Stories,” along with work from some really amazing authors.
Grace & Victory Publications will also be making a donation to Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice 世代同行會, supporting youth and low-income immigrant seniors in Vancouver Chinatown. The more they get in pre-orders/sales, the more they’ll be able to donate, so if you’re interested in low-key, low-stakes speculative fiction for a good cause, you can pick up a copy here: https://payhip.com/b/LqAfQ
New poem out in the world! “Grandmother Spider” can be found in the Spring 2020 issue of Kaleidotrope. This one is about heritage and stories and an ever-changing world and while it isn’t built entirely around my desire to incorporate the word “trochanter,” it isn’t…not, either.
Well this took me by surprise. I didn’t realise there was an actual, physical award that came with the Rhysling, but this lovely bit of shininess showed up in the mail today! (or possibly last week, I’ve gotten bad about checking the mailbox)
This was my first year with a nominated poem and when I got my copy of the Rhsyling Anthology, I was struck by just how good the other poems were. While I loved mine a lot, I never honestly thought it stood a chance and was content to enjoy seeing my work in good company. When I first got the email letting me know I’d won, I actually gave it 24 hours before responding, so they had time to tell me it was a mixup, a mistake and take it back. They didn’t take it back.
The poem itself, “Taking, Keeping” was published last January in Apparition Lit’s Resistance issue and I’m still so pleased that this was where it got to make its appearance. Apparition is doing some really great stuff right now and is run by a wonderful team who I’ve been lucky enough to work with more than once. Their new Redemption issue is coming out soon, and you should definitely check it out!
So…yeah. Rhysling Award. That’s a square on my poet bingo card I never honestly thought I’d be able to check off.
Thanks to the SFPA for organising the award, for all those who voted for my work and to the team at Apparition Lit for giving it space to exist in the first place.
It’s been a hot minute, but I have a new poem out in Frozen Wavelets issue 3! “Eclipse” is a short shot of haetae imagery and my second published poem featuring haetae, because I love them and I’m never going to stop.
I’m going to join a lot of people in saying that it feels real weird right now to be talking about words and poetry, especially speculative poetry, with everything else going on. But sometimes all I can do is continue to make art.
Okay. Okay okay okay. I’m only four? days late this time. Whatever. Time is an illusion, and lunch time doubly so.
I’m super excited to be rounding off the end of National Poetry Month with two new poems up at Anathema: Spec from the Margins. Along with publishing consistently amazing work (and I say that entirely without bias), Anathema’s goal is to showcase fiction and poetry exclusively from queer, BIPOC writers and that endears them to me greatly. This is the second time I’ve placed poetry with them and can say that their team is great to work with and they’re open to subs year round, so if you meet the criteria, I would encourage you to submit.
(As an aside, providing an issue’s entire poetry section is a first for me, and hoo boy, not having someone else’s work to hide behind when the impostor syndrome hits is a whole new kind of stress. WHO KNEW.)
I wrote “Heart of the City” for my writing group’s poetry challenge, with a 20 line limit. The main piece of critique I received was to expand it, add more detail and context and I thought, okay, there’s my revision goal. But when the time came to revise, I realised I liked it vague. I preferred it vague. Because it’s not a poem that tells a story, it’s a poem that makes a promise. Read here: http://www.anathemamag.com/heart-of-the-city
“Pieces of Me” came from hitting a point where I was just DONE with being exoticised through food comparisons. It’s a personal piece and I still get a little squirmy seeing it out in the world, but…there it is. Read here: http://www.anathemamag.com/pieces-of-me