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Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Rose is a Nebula Award nominee for their Birdverse novelette, "Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds."

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Essay reprint

My essay “The Priviliege and Necessity of Writing” (this blog) will be reprinted in the 2015 edition of Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary edited by Foz Meadows and Mark Oshiro. Really happy about that.

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Empathy and hope: an essay on Birdverse

I have been honored and moved to read Sessily Watt’s latest (and last) Facing the Raven’s Eye column at Bookslut, titled In Hope, which focuses on my Birdverse work. But when literature includes moments of empathy — of growing the world, fictional or otherwise — it offers hope in the midst of pain. In this sense, Rose Lemberg

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Glassmaker and Jeweler reviewed

A new review of my Birdverse story “The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar” (Uncanny), by Kate Lechler at Fantasy Literature: What I absolutely loved about this story was how rooted in natural landscapes it was. Maru tells Vadrai about the desert, full of wind and the “striated bones of forgotten beasts.” Vadrai in

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Nebula Awards Weekend 2016

Due to the constraints of finances, childcare, health, and neurotype, I have not been much of a con-goer. The last convention I attended was Readercon in 2013. I am attending a con this year, and I am looking forward with pleasure and trepidation. The con is the Nebula Conference, and I am one of the

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Birdverse poem sale

Mitchell Hart will be publishing my Birdverse poem “Mirrored Mappings” in Through the Gate. This poem was an experiment in that I initially posted it unlocked on my Birdverse Patreon last year. I do not think that anyone except patrons read it. I love this piece and wanted more readers to see it, and so I asked

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Tiptree Award Longlist

The Tiptree Award lists came out, and I am very pleased to report that “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” is on the Tiptree Longlist. It’s the first time my work appears on the Tiptree lists. The lists this year are excellent. Glad to see work by A. Merc Rustad, Nino Cipri, Zen Cho, Yoon Ha Lee, Caren Gussoff,

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Hugo and Nebula deadlines

The deadline to vote in the Nebulas and to nominate work for the Hugo is March 31st – just around the corner. My Birdverse story “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” is on the Nebula ballot this year. It is Hugo eligible in the novelette category. I hope you will give this story a try. To everyone who has considered, discussed,

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Lightspeed Magazine review of Marginalia

Amal El-Mohtar reviews my debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird, at Lightspeed Magazine’s March review column titled “Language, Roads, Intersection”: Rose Lemberg’s first collection is a beautifully curated jewel of a book full of colour, longing, and heat. Divided into three sections—Finding Voice, Changing Shape, and Making Journeys—and containing nine poems original to the

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One Trans Response to “Cloth…”

I recently blogged my notes on trans themes in my Nebula-nominated “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds.” Shortly after that, Corey Alexander/Xan West posted an essay titled “One Trans Response to “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds”. It is a powerful, hard-hitting entry. I am very honored to have this perspective and this reaction to my work. I hope you

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Two Bits of Poetry News

1. Publishers Weeekly (!!!!) reviews my debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird: In their debut collection, Lemberg summons elements of speculative fiction to capture a world in which everything is in motion, yet remains guided by language […] A book this dense with poems about passing between states—migrants in transit between countries, spirits negotiating between the

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