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.


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; 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. review of Stone Telling 7

Brit Mandelo reviewed the Queer Issue of Stone Telling on

Yes. (Taking yet another moment to recover…)

The variety of speakers and tales-told in these poems is fabulous, inspiring, and evocative. In the closing roundtable discussion, Julia Rios interviews the contributors on their work, their identities, and why they’ve contributed to this issue of Stone Telling; the answers are as varied as their poems, and contribute a deeper layer of interpretation for me as a reader. The inclusion of several genderqueer poems alongside poems about such things as a woman astronaut’s wife embroidering her spacesuit before her mission, a trans man negotiating the gendered symbolism of moons and reproductive organs, and the performance of gender with regards to appearance — among other things — is particularly pleasing. Lemberg and Narayan’s editorial choices illustrate a wide range of bridges and acts of bridging between silence and speech — the secondary theme of this collection of queer speculative poetry.

So… I know it’s not going to come out particularly dignified…. but …SQUEEE!!!!

Thank you so much, Brit.

The Moment of Change – First Review!

The first and very positive review of MoC just came out at Cascadia Subduction Zone. The reviewer is Rachel Swirsky, who writes:

As the first anthology of its kind, The Moment of Change takes on the project of defining its own genre. Lemberg aspires toward a feminist speculative poetry that is diverse and adaptable. […] Before women can sing, they must first find their voices. In the poems of The Moment of Change, the right to speak is rarely taken for granted. It’s contested, anxious territory that women must fight to access. […] [The anthology’s] true heft is in how it contributes to the feminist conversation by putting these diverse poems in tension with each other, revealing how the feminist speculative poetry movement uses words to describe oppression and incite revolution.

Rachel highlights poems by Lisa Bradley, Amal El-Mohtar, Yoon Ha Lee, Emily Jiang, Sofia Rhei, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and JT Stewart, among others.

(I am glad reviewers are highlighting specific poems –  I personally wouldn’t know what to highlight out of the sheer desire to highlight them all. )

This issue of CSZ is dedicated to poetry. So far I enjoyed poems by Emily Jiang and Michele Bannister; and I especially recommend Amal El-Mohtar’s review of Sonya Taaffe’s beautiful A Mayse-Bikhl, and Eileen Gunn’s review of JT Stewart’s Promised Lands: Poems From The Sovereign Of Dishpan Sonnets. JT Stewart is incredible, and her poetry is incredible, and I hope you will feel the same way when you read her work in MoC!

The Moment of Change – Reading

So, the Moment of Change is almost here. It will be released at Wiscon, and I am organizing an open-mic reading to celebrate the anthology. You do not have to be a MoC contributor to participate in the open-mic reading! Everyone is welcome! Here is the description:

Come join the authors of the “The Moment of Change” for an open mic evening in celebration of the first-ever anthology of feminist speculative poetry! “The Moment of Change” is edited by Rose Lemberg and forthcoming from Aqueduct press, and includes poems by Ursula K. Le Guin, Nisi Shawl, Amal El-Mohtar, Delia Sherman, Vandana Singh. Bring your own feminist speculative poems to read, and join Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Sofia Samatar, and Alex Dally MacFarlene for an open mic extravaganza to celebrate the release of the anthology and feminist speculative poetry in general.

The reading will take place on Friday, May 25th, at 9:00–10:15 pm at Michelangelo’s near the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about Wiscon, visit their website.

If you are attending Wiscon and are a fan of speculative poetry, or are curious about it, please consider participating – and if you are so inclined, please spread the word!



It is April 4th. Always I am late with those things, but their significance is not lessened by my tardiness.

Seven years ago, on March 30th, Alan Dundes passed away while teaching his graduate folklore seminar. I wrote a flash piece, “Giant,” shortly after I started writing fiction, in March 2008, because I needed to talk about him. Selling the piece was another matter. In 2011 I was finally ready, and the story found a home at Not One of Us, where it was published in the 46th issue.

Today I am making Giant publicly available. It is very short, and my only 2nd person narrative so far. It is a bit different from most of my other work, though I have some other short pieces (such as Kifli, Teffeu, and perhaps Seven Losses) that seem to belong to a series.

The Moment of Change – cover!

Behold the cover in all its glory! So tremendously happy about this. The painting is by the wonderful Terri Windling.

The table of contents is here!

The anthology would be released at Wiscon; I have organized an open-mic reading (everyone is welcome to read!) – and will announce the details here when I have them.

So. Excited.

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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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