I am a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe to the US. I began writing  in my early thirties, when I finally chose the language for my poetry and prose: English, which is either my third, fourth, or fifth (quasi)native tongue. The struggle for language, for voice, and the often uneasy melding of cultures and viewpoints inform my life and my writing.

My pronouns are they/them/theirs.

I was born in Ukraine, and lived in subarctic Russia and Israel before coming to the US for graduate school at UC Berkeley. I am a sociolinguist, and I work as an associate professor at a Midwestern university.  My spouse is Bogi Takács, a fellow queer, trans, and Eastern European Jewish person. 


If you’d like to get in touch, please email rose dot lemberg at gmail, or leave me a comment anywhere on this website, or message me on Twitter (@rb_lemberg). 

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Some of my favorite things

Cooking elaborate meals for friends. Etymologies (don’t ask me about etymologies unless you want to hear about etymologies). Birds.  Architecture.  Modernism. Krychyonykh. Poetry, in as many languages as possible. Piyyutim (don’t ask me about piyyutim unless you what to hear about piyyutim). Embroidery and weaving. Crocodiles in Russian kidlit – it is a thing! Quince.


  1. Pat Bowne says:

    Hi Rose! In your twitterchat post you wrote “I want to read about the Magician who forgets to check her email and gets embroiled in a political struggle at her University, which she loses ungraciously.”

    I didn’t want to derail the discussion on that post, but I have to tell you I’ve written that book! It’s about a postmodern feminist demonologist at a modern University who spends spring break searching for the source of magic — though as it all takes place during spring break, she’s spared the departmental infighting. It’s called ‘A Lovesome Thing’ and you can find links to it at my website, as well as other works of fantasy for faculty.

    Thanks for a great discussion of feminist characters. I will be forwarding it to my friends to use in a feminist forum on YA fiction that we are leading this Wednesday.

    All the best,


    • Rose says:

      Awesome! I’m going to check it out. And please don’t be afraid to derail the discussion. While it is impossible for one person to know about all the literature available out there, it is definitely great to receive recommendations.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Rose,
    I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your story in DSF yesterday.

  3. Lorraine Schein says:

    Hi Rose–

    Was Moment of Change sent out yet? I haven’t received my copy.



    PS–Hope my name was spelled correctly in the book–it isn’t here.

    • Rose says:

      Hi Lorraine,

      As far as I know, the copies were not sent out yet – Timmi and the Aqueduct team were away at Wiscon. Your name was corrected in the book, but I forgot to update my entry – sorry about that!

  4. Saira says:

    Hello! We met at the poet’s dinner at Wiscon this weekend. I was sitting across from Sofia. Can you send me your email address? I’ve already had a chat with some of the board members of the CBS and need to ask you a few questions.


  5. Rose, I was hoping to send you a personal thank-you for Here, We Cross; do you have a non-ST email address I could use? Thanks.

  6. Matthew DeBlock says:

    Hi Rose,

    My name is Matthew DeBlock, I am a Canadian currently living in China. I came across some of your writings in my usual searching and “nerdyness”.

    I have developed a conscript ( constructed script ) called Dscript that I have been developing for nearly a decade. It “matured” to a reasonable level recently.

    Dscript is a 2D writing system that truns alphabetical words into glyphs and symbols, they look quite “ancient/alien” that are legible in both letters and sequence.

    If you or anyone you know may be interested in applying Dscript I will gladly help out in whatever way I can, free of charge of course. Dscript itself is creative commons, free to copy, edit, sell by anyone. I am always happy to see it used.

    Dscript intro : http:dscript.org/dscript.pdf
    Or just google/youtube/etc search for “Dscript”

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    Kindest regards,

    Matthew DeBlock

    • Rose says:

      You know, I usually do not allow advertisements on my site, but I looked up Dscript and it is neat, so I am approving your comment. However, next time please leave a link to your main website or any html page, rather than a pdf. Readers, dscript can be found at http://dscript.org/

  7. Marcheto says:

    Hi, Rose.
    I’m Spanish science fiction/fantasy fan and translator. A few months ago, I read your story “Seven Losses of Na Re” in DSF Fiction and I loved it.
    I’ve recently launched Cuentos para Algernon, a non-profit blog where I’m publishing my translations of short stories I love, with the only aim of giving Spanish readers the chance to enjoy them as much as I did.
    As I said before, I loved “Seven Losses of Na Re” (and I plan to read now the rest of your stories that appear online), so I wanted to request your permission to translate and publish in my blog one of your stories (probably “Seven Losses of Na Re”, but I’m not sure yet; I’d let you know when I decide it).

  8. Doug Donnan says:

    Hola Rosa!

    For what it’s worth…

    I am currently finishing up my third
    ‘storyette’ (panel) in my triptych ATM
    series titled:


    Here is a synopsis of the last (‘tail’) storyette:

    In the very near future all airports will
    take their security checks/pat downs one
    step further (too far?) A private self-examination
    booth will instruct (naked) incoming/outgoing passengers in the ‘delicate’ art/process of performing a self… R.A.P.E. (Rectal/Anal Probe Examination)

    Thanks for everything!


    *Author of the two (2) submissions titled:

    “[ENTER] the Drone”
    “[ENTER your SIN]

  9. Jeremy Brett says:

    Dear Rose,

    I had the joy this morning of coming across your poem “Archival Testimony Fragments/minersong” from Uncanny Magazine. I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful piece it is; it’s such a creative weaving of language, and strikes me as very powerful in the discordance of the different voices.

    Thanks so much for writing it!

    Jeremy Brett (an archivist himself, whose eyes were naturally drawn to the word “archival” in the title!)

    • Rose says:

      Dear Jeremy,

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and for your support. It’s always lovely to come across another person interested in archives and history.


  10. As per instructions on your home page, I am querying about a submission. “The Curtain’s Part” was submitted over six months ago. I’m clearing my books, and I have no response from AoE.

    Thank you,

    Eric M. Witchey

  11. Renne Chon says:

    Dear Ms Lemberg,

    My name is Renne. I’m an editor of Science Fiction World Magazine(China). Congratulations for the Nebula Nomination! I am looking for a way to get in contact with you because I want to introduce your story to Chinese readers by reprinting it on our magazine. Could you perhaps drop me an email so that we can talk about details? You can reach me at zhongry@sfw-cd.com. Would be thrilled to hear from you.

    Renne Chon

  12. cassidy says:

    hi there, i’ve been made editor of a surrealist journal, Mannequin Haus (http://mannequinhaus5.weebly.com/). been looking around for writers and i found your Ash Manifesto and loved it! we’re collecting submissions for issue 7. if you’d like to send something, we’d be honored. you can reply to the contact i email i listed for this post. thanks,

  13. Rose, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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R.B. 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, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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