The Strange Horizons readers’ poll results are in. “Ranra’s Unbalancing” placed first in the poetry category. “Long Shadow” placed second in the poetry category. My folkloristics essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” shares first place with “Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in SF: A Conversation” by Polenth Blake and Bogi Takács.
The Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll runs traditionally for two weeks of January, this year from 4-17th. Voting is free and open to everyone. If you read Strange Horizons, you can vote. You can vote for fiction, poetry, articles, columnists, and artworks. I blog about this poll every year because I think it’s fun and important
Charles Payseur has started the Sippy Awards, which he gives out in five categories. The first category is The “I’d Ship That” Sippy for Excellent Relationships in Short SFF, and my Birdverse novelette “Geometries of Belonging” won the Big Sip award in this category! This story features a deeply complex relationship between Parét and his
My debut poetry collection, Marginalia to Stone Bird, is out and available from Aqueduct Press! as a paperback, or in ebook format! In this powerful debut collection, Rannu Award-winning poet Rose Lemberg explores the deep-rooted fluidity of gender, tradition, language, and desire in landscapes as familiar as high fantasy and as foreign as San Francisco.
2015 has been a great year for my work. Prose-wise, I am most proud of the two Birdverse novelettes in BCS. I cannot decide which one I think is more award-worthy, but I feel “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” may win for me with a very narrow margin. NOVELETTES “Geometries of Belonging,” (Birdverse novelette), Beneath Ceaseless
My essay “The Uses and Limitations of the Folklorist’s Toolkit for Fiction” is up at Strange Horizons. This essay was a part of An Alphabet of Embers non-fiction rewards, and is dedicated to Arachne Jericho. I chose the topic and made all the choices about the content of this essay. I say this, because some
With thanks to Joanna Russ. I am keeping the “she” pronouns as in Russ’s text, and also because it refers to the experiences of Mari Ness, Haddayr Copley-Woods, and Lee Martindale (in this I09 essay and interview), but this is applicable to people of all genders, and to all people who need access. ———— She
Earlier today, I had a series of tweets on accessibility and geek social fallacies under the #accessiblecons hashtag. I am putting my tweets in a post with some additional links and edits. #ACCESSIBLECONS I have thoughts about #AccessibleCons and Geek Social Fallacies. There’s been a lot of talk about Geek Social Fallacies in the last
My Birdverse poem “Ranra’s Unbalancing” is up at Strange Horizons. It’s about a ruler trying to save her people from disaster; also about quince seeds. For those following Birdverse, Ranra is the mythic matriarch of the Ranravan/Kekeri family (who appear in Geometries of Belonging and in my older novelette Held Close in Syllables of Light).
My Birdverse novelette “Geometries of Belonging” has been reviewed by Ada Hoffmann for her Autistic Book Party series and by Paige Kimble for their Unmonstering series. These are both in-depth, thoughtful engagements with the story and especially with the story’s focus on disability, neuroatypicality, and mental illness. I am extremely grateful to these and other reviewers