Two New Reviews – HWC and MoC

A wonderful, thoughtful review of Here, We Cross by Brit Mandelo (Tor.com):

As a whole, I find Here, We Cross to be a vital book—thriving and full of life, putting to words intense emotion as well as the internal workings of identity and self. The focus on genderqueer and genderfluid poetry is a particular joy for me as a reader; these are voices still underrepresented in the larger literary conversation, but in this book they are a force, a majority, that must be considered and acknowledged. There’s also a real pleasure to be had in reading a book, cover-to-cover, that is filled with explicitly queer, trans*, neutrois, and asexual voices, all telling pieces of their stories and bringing to vivid life what it means to be them—and therefore, what it means for them to be, what steps must be taken to forge and protect a sense of identity.

Many poems are analyzed in depth, including Mary Alexandra Agner’s “Tertiary,” Nancy Sheng’s “Inner Workings”, Amal El-Mohtar’s “Asteres Planetai,” and Shira Lipkin’s “The Changeling’s Lament.”

Here, We Cross is available for purchase at Amazon.

A great review of the Moment of Change, by Francesca Forrest (Versification):

A champion of diversity, Lemberg has chosen poems that represent the unruly, ungeneralizable expanse of human female experience. There’s no one agenda here: there are angry poems, but also joyful ones; there are poems of childhood and old age, poems of hope and despair. There are poems in which gender is central and others in which it is peripheral. If there’s a unifying theme, it’s the importance of finding one’s voice and then using it.

Francesca praises my ordering of the poems, but accolades here are due to other members of Team Stone Telling, Shweta Narayan and Jennifer Smith, who helped me figure out the sequencing!

Moment is available from Aqueduct and from Amazon.

The Moment of Change reviewed at Tor.com

Brit Mandelo has reviewed the Moment of Change at Tor.com. I cannot but admire this review, and not because it is so positive.  I have long admired Brit’s ability to write lucidly and powerfully about speculative fiction (as can be evidenced in her series of Tor.com essays on Queering SFF and Reading Joanna Russ, as well as her recent Aqueduct book We Wuz Pushed: Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling). In this review, Brit Mandelo beautifully articulates and analyzes my vision for the anthology:

First, I will say that there is a great deal of anguish in this book: the anguish of silenced voices, of the belittled and ignored, the anguish of suffering as well as the anguish of circumscribed success. However, there is also a sort of wild, free-wheeling determination bound up in and spurred on by that anguish—a desire for freedom, a desire for recognition, a desire for the moment in which the poem transcends mere text and speaks truths. This tonal resonance—the conflict between themes of anguish/containment and freedom/wildness—is struck by the opening poem, Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Werewomen,” and continues to resound throughout the entire collection, scaling up and down in intensity but always somehow present as a shapely concern within the poems and their organization.

 

Another thing that sets the tone for the text is the fact that the book opens with, and is titled from, an Adrienne Rich poem about the nature of poetry: the poet, poem, and the moment of change in which the poem exists are all tangled up together as one object, as one thing. This tri-natured sense of poetry informs and guides The Moment of Change, where poems are the poets writing them and vice versa, where the consciousness of feminism and intersectional identity blends with the written form to capture a moment of shifting—a moment of change. As such, most of these poems have a sense of movement; they are not simply lovely snapshots with an argument made via resonance, but have narrative, emotional pressure, and a sense of development or epiphany.

I am tempted to quote the whole review, but you should, if you are so inclined, head over to Tor.com and read it there instead.

Locus Podcast, and Review

Emily Jiang and I talk about speculative poetry, diversity, multilingualism, and music in the Locus Poetry podcast.

And Erik Amundsen reviews the seventh issue of Stone Telling at Versification.

Small sale, and Wiscon!

1. I wrote a small poem about bees yesterday, and sold it also yesterday to Mitchell Hart’s new magazine, Through the Gate. Through the Gate will launch in August. The poem has no title and probably does not need one; it will be known by its first line, “if all of her would turn into bees.”

2. WISCON BOOKS:

-“Here, We Cross,” the first publication of Stone Bird Press, is in my grabby hands. It is beautiful. I do not say this lightly, for if you know me, you know that I am perfectionist and hard to please when it comes to my own work. It is a gorgeous book. It contains 94 pages full of powerful and beautiful LGBTQIA poetry from Stone Telling, issues 1-7. You will be able to buy it from me at Wiscon, and one copy of Here, We Cross will be given away during the Outer Alliance party on Friday.

The Moment of Change. People, this is, like, amazing. Ok? Ok. I do not lie. Get the book at Wiscon from the Aqueduct Press in the Dealers’ room, and the Room of One’s Own, as well as at the Moment of Change reading, which will happen on Friday, from 9:00–10:15 pm (though may last longer) at Michelangelo’s. There will be COOKIES and also BROWNIES and ICE TEA for free. In addition, one copy of the Moment of Change will be given away during the Outer Alliance party on Friday.

The Sign-out.  I will be signing both HWC and MoC during the Sign-out on Monday.

3. If you are a MoC contributor, and are at Wiscon, please come SIGN MY COPY, which will be auctioned during the Con or Bust auction next year.

 

Here, We Cross is Here, Indeed

The fabulous chapbook collecting 22 queer and genderfluid poems from Stone Telling 1-7, edited by yours truly and made possible by the tireless work of Jennifer Smith, is here! At least, it is available to purchase through Amazon. I have not yet seen a copy myself, but it is available to order, as if by magic!!! (we are using a printer which is an Amazon affiliate).

AND YAY, the first Stone Bird Press title!!! This is an ongoing adventure, I am telling you.

“Here, We Cross” is a glorious little book. The poems are heartbreaking, true, tremendous, lyrical, powerful. Go grab a copy – it’s 10$.

Table of Contents:

Alex Dally MacFarlane – Sung Around Alsar-Scented Fires
Nancy Sheng – Inner Workings
Michele Bannister – Seamstress
Jack H. Marr – Lunectomy
Shira Lipkin – The Changeling’s Lament
Dominik Parisien – In His Eighty-Second Year
Bogi Takács – The Handcrafted Motions of Flight
Hel Gurney – Hair
Mary Alexandra Agner – Tertiary
Amal El-Mohtar – Asteres Planetai
Jeannelle Ferreira – Ardat-Lilî
Mari Ness – Encantada
Lisa Bradley – we come together we fall apart
Samantha Henderson – The Gabriel Hound
Alexandra Seidel – A Masquerade in Four Voices
Sonya Taaffe – Persephone in Hel
Sergio Ortiz – Rain and Sound
Sonya Taaffe – The Clock House
Peter Milne Greiner – The Earth Has Rings
Adrienne J. Odasso – Parallax
Tori Truslow – Terrunform
Peer G. Dudda – Sister Dragons

The Moment of Change is here!!

The anthology is officially OUT, and available for purchase at the Aqueduct website! It will also be on sale during Wiscon, where we will be having a Moment of Change reading (WITH COOKIES), and it will be available to purchase from other outlets by the end of the month. I am so, so, so proud of this. Congratulations to all the wonderful poets involved, major thanks to the Aqueduct team for publishing it, and to wonderful Terri Windling for the cover image!

 

Cover for the Moment of Change anthology

Here’s the table of contents again:

Rose Lemberg. Introduction.

POETRY:

Ursula K. Le Guin, Werewomen
Nicole Kornher-Stace, Harvest Season
Eliza Victoria, Prayer
Shweta Narayan, Cave-smell
Theodora Goss, The Witch
Amal El-Mohtar, On the Division of Labour
J.C. Runolfson, The Birth of Science Fiction
Kristine Ong Muslim, Resurrection of a Pin Doll
Lawrence Schimel, Kristallnacht
Cassandra Phillips-Sears, The Last Yangtze River Dolphin
Peg Duthie, The Stepsister
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl with Two Skins
Theodora Goss, Binnorie
Nandini Dhar, Learning to Locate Colors in Grey: Kiran Talks About Her Brothers
Rachel Manija Brown, River of Silk
JoSelle Vanderhooft, The King’s Daughters
Lisa Bradley, The Haunted Girl
Mary Alexandra Agner, Tertiary
Sara Amis, Owling
Athena Andreadis, Spacetime Geodesics
Lisa Bradley, In Defiance Of Sleek-Armed androids
Sofía Rhei, Cinderella
Alex Dally MacFarlane, Beautifully Mutilated, Instantly Antiquated
Shweta Narayan, Epiphyte
Elizabeth R. McClellan, Down Cycles
H.E.L Gurney, She Was
Kelly Pflug-Back, My Bones’ Cracked Abacus
Kat Dixon, Nucleometry
N. A’Yara Stein, It’s All In The Translation
Sally Rosen Kindred, Sabrina, Borne
Adrienne J. Odasso, The Hyacinth Girl
Delia Sherman, Snow White to the Prince
Phyllis Gotlieb, The Robot’s Daughter
Vandana Singh, Syllables of Old Lore
Greer Gilman, She Undoes
Emily Jiang, Self-Portrait
Ki Russel, The Antlered Woman Responds
Catherynne M. Valente, The Oracle at Miami
Athena Andreadis, Night Patrol
Koel Mukherjee, Sita Reflects
Lorraine Schoen, Hypatia/Divided
Sharon Mock, Machine Dancer
C.W. Johnson, Towards a Feminist Algebra
Jo Walton, Blood Poem IV
Meena Kandasamy, Six Hours of Chastity
Samantha Henderson, Berry Cobbler
Sofía Rhei, Bluebeard Possibilities
Sheree Renee Thomas, Old Scratch poem featuring River
Elizabeth R. McClellan, The Sea Witch Talks Show Business
Ranjani Murali, Chants for Type: Skull-Cap Donner at Center-One Mall
Sonya Taaffe, Madonna of the Cave
Jeannelle Ferreira, Anniversaries 
Rebecca Korvo, Handwork 
Patricia Monaghan, Journey To The Mountains Of The Hag
Ari Berk, Pazerik Burial on the Ukok Plateau
Neile Graham, Dsonoqua Daughters
Sonya Taaffe, Matlacihuatl’s Gift
Ellen Wehle, Once I No Longer Lived Here
Yoon Ha Lee, Art Lessons
JT Stewart, Say My Name
Amal El-Mohtar, Pieces
Sofia Samatar, The Year of Disasters
C. S. E. Cooney, The Last Crone on the Moon 
Minal Hajratwala, Archaeology of the Present
Jennifer McGowan, Mara Speaks
JT Stewart, Ceremony
April Grant, Trenchcoat
Tara Barnett, Star Reservation
Mary Alexandra Agner, Old Enough
Nisi Shawl, Transbluency: An Antiprojection Chant

Seven Losses is up

My story “Seven Losses of Na Re” is up today at the Daily Science Fiction website. There seems to be a debate at the Daily SF facebook page as to whether it’s genre at all.

I’d rather not defend my story’s genre cred. But I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Poetry sale

My epic-length poem in three acts, “Between the Mountain and the Moon,” will appear in Strange Horizons. This is the poem I wrote for the Magic4Terri metamorphosis auction; here’s a detailed entry about the making of an artist’s book that incorporates this poem.

I am glad. This is the last shapechangers poem (and very likely the last poem, period) that I will be offering to magazines before the chapbook is completed.

“Seven Losses of Na Re” + a poetry review

“Seven Losses of Na Re,” my magic realist short story about Soviet Jews, was sent to subscribers of Daily Science Fiction today. It will appear on the website a week later.

And… Mythic Delirium 26 has been reviewed at Tor.com; my poem “The Journeymaker in Kestai” was among ones highlighted:

Rose Lemberg’s “The Journeymaker in Kestai” is a short but powerful piece with echoes of Orpheus — being unable to look back to see if the “he” of the poem is following, the narrator must continue their journey, knowing only that they have asked him to follow. Lemberg’s gift for poetic language is on display in lines like “I am walking, / my steps forgetting my feet […],” where words shift slightly to illuminate a sideways sort of meaning.

Honorable Mentions

Ellen Datlow posted a full list of honorable mentions for The Best Horror of the Year, volume 4. I am listed for two things:

Lemberg, Rose. “A Mother Goes Between,” Jabberwocky, July.
Lemberg, Rose. “If I had Reb Yoel’s Violin,” (poem) Inkscrawl #1.

The following Stone Telling poems were honorably mentioned:

Austin, Alec. “The Vigil,” (poem) Stone Telling #4.
Coffin, Lyn. “Chute,” (poem) Stone Telling #6.
El-Mohtar, Amal. “Pieces,” (poem) Stone Telling #4.
Taaffe, Sonya. “Persephone in Hel,” (poem) Stone Telling #3.

Congratulations to these wonderful poets!

In addition, Bogi Takács included my BCS novelette “Held Close in Syllables of Light” in her “Virtual Anthology – Best of Online SF 2011“:
“A beautifully crafted fantasy novelette with an interesting take on magic. Probably my worldbuilding favorite of the year.”
Thank you, Bogi. The rest of her list is delicious; I would buy this.

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Rose 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, Tiptree, Elgin, Rhysling, and Crawford awards.

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