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Rose Lemberg is a queer immigrant from Eastern Europe. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Rose co-edits Stone Telling, a magazine of boundary-crossing poetry, with Shweta Narayan. She is currently editing a new fiction anthology, An Alphabet of Embers. For a quick taste of Rose's writing, try the Sampler. You can support her work on Patreon.

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Archive for the ‘essays’ Category

Forthcoming: New Essay and a Birdverse Poem

I have been quite sick for a while and on top of that, moving, but I have two new things to report. First, will have a letter in Letters to Tiptree from Twelfth Planet Press; it’s about translations of feminist SF, samizdat, and more. Thrilled to see the collection – the full ToC is here.

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Patreon and Publication Rights

This discussion started on Twitter, and I am moving it here because I feel this is a developing and gray area of publishing. Question is: are locked works posted on Patreon for pay considered published? Responses from SFWA-qualifying markets, from 2014, are collated here. (I just saw this link when Amal mentioned it on Twitter).

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Assorted News, with Long Shadow

I have assorted news to report today, including one of epic nature. My curse poem “Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune,” aka the Monsterpoem (first published in Bull Spec 4, 2010), will be reprinted in Angels of the Meanwhile, an anthology to benefit PopeLizbet. My essay “On the pitfalls of merit,” published on this blog last year, will

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The Privilege and Necessity of Writing

I want to engage with Kameron Hurley’s chewy and important essay on “The Privilege to Publish and the Power to Persevere,” in which Hurley considers writing as an activity that is supported by privilege. Sometimes I think it’s because the only ones of us left in this business are the writers with safety nets. The

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Perseverance and the editorial process

Charles Tan has kindly storified my tweets on perseverance, writing, and the editorial process. Today I saw a few people wanting to refer to this conversation in blog entries, so I have very slightly tweaked these tweets and am putting them in an entry format here. This conversation continues various conversational threads from #dontselfreject (also

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Reading, writing, and submitting

I have updated The Lemberg Sampler; the featured short poem is now Dualities. I continue to be amazed that I appear to have so much work out that I need a Sampler; most of it is small pieces. I remain very grateful to all the editors who published and supported my work through the years.

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Let’s Talk about Category Structure and Oppression!

The essay mirrored below was written by Shweta Narayan. I mirror it here because it is important, insightful, and timely; it draws on Shweta’s research into cognitive science to help us understand how we process and are affected by cultural concepts (such as ‘bird’, ‘whiteness’). Comments should go to Shweta’s Livejournal entry or its Tumblr

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Diversity of Voice and Theme

In the description of An Alphabet of Embers Kickstarter, I wrote: I am committed to diversity of voice and theme in all my editorial projects, and this one will be no exception. I will be looking for beauty and resonance from all quarters and in all forms. As always, I am invested in supporting creators

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Encouraging diversity – an editor’s perspective

During the last day or so, both John O’Neill, the editor of Black Gate, and Nathaniel Lee, the Managing Editor of Escape Pod,  spoke up against Dave Truesdale’s review  of Women Destroy Science Fiction. This is really important. I was heartened to see these reactions, and I applaud both John and Nathaniel for taking a stand.

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Post-Binary Gender and Language column up at Tor.com

I participated in Post-Binary Gender in SF Roundtable: Languages of Gender, which went up at Tor.com today. Alex Dally MacFarlane asked wonderful, insightful questions; the other respondents were Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Bogi Takács. I talk about non-binary/post-binary gender, grammatical gender and how it influences writing, Soviet SF, and more. Here is a short excerpt: You’ve talked about English offering different

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