I am a queer Jew from Eastern Europe. While most people started to write as children, I was thirty-something before I finally chose the language in which to write: English, which is either my third, fourth, or fifth (quazi)native tongue. I lived in Ukraine, Russia, and Israel before coming to the US for graduate school at UC Berkeley, where I eventually acquired an unsurprising PhD in linguistics. I now live and teach in the Midwestern US.
The struggle for language, for voice, and the often uneasy melding of cultures and viewpoints inform my life and my writing. I am passionate about diversity in SFF and elsewhere, and I often advocate for diversity through my essays and editorial work. I don’t write much short fiction, but my stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and other places. My poetry has appeared in Apex, Goblin Fruit, Jabberwocky, and elsewhere, was nominated for the Rhysling multiple times, and has won the Rannu competition. I have written a secondary world fantasy novel, Bridgers, which I am currently querying.
I share my life with a mischievous seven year old boy with moderate to severe autism. His spoken language is very limited. He is wonderful.
Here’s a whimsical bio from the Cinderella Jump-Rope project:
Rose Lemberg is an immigrant from three countries. In her copious spare time she plucks poems from slush, writes about imaginary people, and waits for her treen eggs to hatch. Rose exorcises her dybbuks regularly to no observable effect.
Interviews with me:
- Strange Horizons: “Noticing Language,” with Julia Rios
- Outer Alliance Spotlight
- Fantastique Unfettered 2 (print)
- at the Interstitial Arts foundation, with Mike Allen
- Mythpunk roundtable at Strange Horizons, with JoSelle Vanderhooft
- at WC Roberts’ blog (with a mini-flamewar in the comments)
- at Fantasy Magazine, about my story Geddarien
If you’d like to get in touch, please email rose dot lemberg at gmail. Thanks!