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 have immigrated twice, or possibly three times, as borders of my childhood keep changing. I am a UC Berkeley alumna with an unsurprising PhD in linguistics. I teach somewhere in the Midwest.
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, 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. Right now I seem to be turning away from poetry to work on long fiction and essays.
I share my life with a mischievous 6year 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.
I am on Livejournal at rose-lemberg.livejournal.com; my LJ blog is more informal, and I post poem drafts, etc. under lock there. My twitter account is @roselemberg
Interviews with me:
- Outer Alliance Spotlight
- Fantastique Unfettered 2 (print)
- with Mike Allen at the Interstitial Arts foundation
- Mythpunk roundtable at Strange Horizons, with JoSelle Vanderhooft
- at WC Roberts’ blog (with a mini-flamewar in the comments)
- Fantasy Magazine
If you’d like to get in touch, please email rose dot lemberg at gmail. Thanks!