Chapbook Launch: We, Old Young Ones

Well, here we are.

My poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones is now out in the world, and we’ll be doing a launch at b current, located at Wychwood Barns here in Toronto, on February 9th, 2-5pm. The overall details can be found here, on the Facebook event.

I’m lucky enough to have some wonderful folks joining me for the launch: Mugabi Byenkya and Roxanna Bennett will be reading with me, and our host for the evening will be Terese Pierre.

The event is sponsored offsite by knife | fork | book, Toronto’s beautiful poetry only bookstore. KFB will be open before and during the event (their hours Saturday are 1-5:30) so you can still shop poetry!

b current is located at Wychwood Barns, in the basement. It is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access and accessible gender neutral washrooms.

Doors will open at 3:00pm, and readings will start around 3:30. We have the space until 5:00. Kicking us off will be Mugabi, then Roxanna, and then we’ll have a short break. I’ll finish off the readings, and afterwards people can mingle and chat.

All the readers will have their books for sale (please note it’ll be cash—no credit or debit cards).

I’m thrilled to finally be sharing this chapbook with the world, and to have such lovely people with me when I do. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

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The new anthology: The Mythic Dream

The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog has just announced my latest editorial project with Navah Wolfe, The Mythic Dream.

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I am unbelievably lucky to have worked on this with Navah, my fearless, talented, and kind co-editor. The Mythic Dream will be our last collaboration due to our increasingly busy schedules, so it feels a bit bittersweet announcing it. We got to work on three amazing anthologies together, and the response to each one has been nothing short of humbling. But there will be other times for retrospectives on all of that. For now, I am SO excited to share these incredible stories with all of you!

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The spiritual sequel to our The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, this features original retellings of myths from around the world. Like Starlit, it is very near and dear to both our hearts. Navah and I love old stories, and we love making them new for new generations.  Here’s the cover copy:

These are dreams of classic myths, bold reimaginings of the stories we tell about gods and kings, heroes who shaped nations, the why and how of the world.

Journey with us to the fields of Elysium and the Midwest, through labyrinths and the space between stars. Witness the birth of computerized deities and beasts that own the night. Experience eternal life through curses and biochemistry.

Bringing together stories from the world over, eighteen critically acclaimed and award-winning authors reimagine myths of the past for the world of today, and tomorrow.

The book will feature these incredible authors:

John Chu
Leah Cypess
Indrapramit Das
Amal El-Mohtar
Jeffrey Ford
Sarah Gailey
Carlos Hernandez
Kat Howard
Stephen Graham Jones
T. Kingfisher
Ann Leckie
Carmen Maria Machado
Arkady Martine
Seanan McGuire
Naomi Novik
Rebecca Roanhorse
JY Yang
Alyssa Wong

Look for it August 27th, 2019.

The FOLD Program

Exciting news–I have joined the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) team as the 2019 Associate Program Editor. I’ll be working with some fabulous people to bring stellar Canadian non-fiction and poetry through the FOLD’s program.

Submissions will be open February 1st to until March 1st 2019.

Previously published pieces are welcome, as are unpublished pieces. You can submit your work to us by filling out the FOLD 2019 Program Call for Submissions Jotform.

Questions? Take a look at the FAQs for more details!

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My chapbook is here! and some online poems

My poetry chapbook We, Old Young Ones was just published by Frog Hollow Press through their Dis/Ability series. I am incredibly proud of this little book, and so grateful to my editor Shane Neilson and the publisher Caryl Wyse Peters for making such an exquisite book.

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The book contains 21 poems, some reprints and some original to the chapbook. The poems explore disability, the linguistics of pain, bodily autonomy, family, and intergenerational dynamics.

The folks at Frog Hollow Press have created a PDF announcement for the book, which contains the table of contents and the opening poem “Let us for a moment call this pain by other words” as a sampler. The poem is original the chapbook and is one of my favourites. It had been accepted by one of my favourite American journals, but unfortunately the timing didn’t work with the chapbook release so they couldn’t take it. So I’m particularly happy to have it online this way to share with more readers. Another poem original to the chapbook, “After convulsing in public” was just featured on Poetry Pause, the poem a day project by the League of Canadian Poets.

I am absurdly lucky to have the amazing Immy Smith’s work gracing both the front and back of the chapbook! Both pieces are from their remarkable project The Little Things Add Up. In it they use Morse Code as a drawing method to illustrate and explore the ways “everyday small comments, made to disabled people by non-disabled people, can add up to a large and (de)pressing weight.” It is a brilliant project. The pieces gracing the chapbook translate to “it can’t hurt that much” (left/back) and “you look too young” (right/front).

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2018

In 2017 I published one essay, one poem, and I turned in one anthology. In contrast, 2018 turned out to be a huge year. I’ve listed below what my 2018 publishing year looked like.

In terms of eligibility, this is a bit of an odd year.

  • I am eligible for the Hugo Award as Best Editor, Short Form. Unfortunately Navah is not yet eligible, but she can be nominated for Best Editor, Long Form.
  • Navah and I are eligible as a team for the Locus Award, Best Editor.
  • I’m unsure if Elsa and I are eligible as a team for anything considering Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is a special double issue of Uncanny Magazine, but Uncanny Magazine itself is definitely eligible for Best Semiprozine.
  • Technically my story “The River Street Witch” is eligible for the usual short story categories, but I would rather voters consider the fine stories my co-editors and I published in Robots vs Fairies and Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction.

Editing

Robots vs Fairies, co-edited with Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)

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The year started off strong with Robots vs Fairies, my second anthology with my wonderful co-editor, Navah Wolfe. As with The Starlit Wood, this was a cross-genre anthology featuring authors from around the world. RvsF was published to some fabulous reviews and we’ve been really happy with its reception. Other fun things related to the anthology include:

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, co-edited with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, with Nicolette Barischoff, S. Qiouyi Lu, and Judith Tarr (Uncanny Magazine)

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Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction was my first collaboration with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, my co-Editor-in-chief, and it was a fabulous experience. We’re extremely proud of the project, and of all the work our section editors selected. DPDSF is a massive issue, bringing together fiction, non-fiction, personal essays, poetry, and artwork by a wide variety of disabled artists. I think it’s a very important project, and it seems to have resonated really well with readers. Uncanny will be releasing Disabled People Destroy Fantasy in 2019, headed by Katharine Duckett & Nicolette Barischoff, with poetry editor Lisa Bradley, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

On the editorial side, Navah and I are also just about to turn in our next anthology to Saga Press. We haven’t announced it yet, but we’re really excited to share the project and the ToC in the new year.

Writing

2018 was a huge year for me in terms of writing. Working on Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction lit a fire under my ass, and I decided I wanted to engage more fully with my community not just editorially but also with my own writing. In 2018 I wrote more in a broader range of genres, submitted more, and I also had more work published than ever before. The support of the Ontario Arts Council was also instrumental in giving me the financial stability and freedom to really dedicate myself to my writing this year.

Poetry

  • We, Old Young Ones, my poetry chapbook, was accepted by Caryl Wyse-Peters and Shane Neilson at Frog Hollow Press and will be published in January 2019. I love the press and the work they do, and it means so much to me to have my chapbook published by Shane and Caryl. I’ll have more on this next month.
  • In total I had 16 poems accepted in 2018. 10 have been published, and 6 are forthcoming in 2019 in various magazines and journals. 4 new poems will also appear in We, Old Young Ones. The published poems are:
  • So far in 2019 I’ll have poems in Arc Poetry Magazine, Poetry Pause (The League of Canadian Poets), The Anti-Languorous Project and The Antigonish Review.

Non-fiction

  • “When you could not hear, I spoke”, creative non-fiction published in The Fiddlehead‘s first CNF issue, edited by Alicia Elliott. This piece about my elderly friend Denise’s funeral, where I was the only person in attendance, is hugely meaningful to me, and I’m so happy it found a place in this issue filled with brilliant work.
  • Cracks in the viewscreen: Sci-fi needs to overcome its poor history with disabled people“, essay in Quill & Quire. Really proud of this essay on editing Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and the future of science fiction and disability.

 Fiction(ish)

  • The River Street Witch, Alice Unbound. The River Street Witch is my Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (Todd’s Syndrome) story. Sort of the fiction counterpart to my Growing up in Wonderland essay.
  • Concussion, Augur Magazine. Concussion is an odd flash fiction, prose-poemy piece about a concussion. So glad to have it with the lovely folks at Augur.

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction – LIVE

Part two of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction is now live, which means all of the content (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews) is available online. This is a huge project, with so many wonderful contributors. I am incredibly proud of the work we did, and I was so fortunate to work alongside these wonderful editors:

  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Co-editor-in-chief and non-fiction editor
  • Nicolette Barischoff, personal essays editor
  • Judith Tarr, reprints editor
  • S. Qiouyi Lu

 

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 24- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction 

Table of Contents

Cover:

  • And With the Lamps We Are Multitudes of Light by Likhain

Editorial

  • “The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Manifesto” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Fiction:

  • “Fiction Introduction” by Dominik Parisien (9/4)
  • “The House on the Moon” by William Alexander (9/4)
  • “Birthday Girl” by Rachel Swirsky (9/4)
  • “An Open Letter to the Family” by Jennifer Brozek (9/4)
  • “Heavy Lifting” by A. T. Greenblatt (9/4)
  • “The Frequency of Compassion” by A. Merc Rustad (9/4)
  • “The Stars Above” by Katharine Duckett (10/2)
  • “The Things I Miss the Most” by Nisi Shawl (10/2)
  • “Abigail Dreams of Weather” by Stu West (10/2)
  • “A House by the Sea” by P. H. Lee (10/2)
  • “Disconnect” by Fran Wilde (10/2)
  • “This Will Not Happen to You” by Marissa Lingen (10/2)

Reprint Fiction:

  • “Reprints Introduction” by Judith Tarr
    “By Degrees and Dilatory Time” by SL Huang
  • “Listen” by Karin Tidbeck (10/2)

Nonfiction:

  • “Nonfiction Introduction” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  • “Design a Spaceship” by Andi C. Buchanan 
  • “The Linguistics of Disability, or, Empathy > Sympathy” by Fran Wilde 
  • “The Body to Come: Afrofuturist Posthumanism and Disability” by Zaynab Shahar 
  • “The Expendable Disabled Heroes of Marvel’s Infinity War” by John Wiswell 
  • “And the Dragon Was in the Skin” by A. J. Hackwith 
  • “Miles Vorkosigan and ‘Excellent Life Choices’: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga” by Ira Gladkova 
  • “Give Me Heroism or Give Me Death” by Gemma Noon 
  • “My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” by teri.zin 
  • “The Future Is (Not) Disabled” by Marieke Nijkamp 

Poetry:

  • “Poetry Introduction” by S. Qiouyi Lu 
  • “Ctenophore Soul” by Rita Chen 
  • “core/debris/core” by Rose Lemberg
  • “How to Fix a Dancer When it Breaks” by Genevieve DeGuzman
  • “the body argonautica” by Robin M. Eames
  • “All the Stars Above the Sea” by Sarah Gailey
  • “Convalescence” by Alicia Cole 
  • “hypothesis for apocalypse” by Khairani Barokka
  • “Spatiotemporal Discontinuity” by Bogi Takács 
  • “You Wanted Me to Fly” by Julia Watts Belser

Interviews: 

  • Rachel Swirsky interviewed by Sandra Odell 
  • Marissa Lingen interviewed by Sandra Odell

Personal Essays:

  • “Personal Essays Introduction” by Nicolette Barischoff 
  • “The Stories We Find Ourselves In” by A. T. Greenblatt 
  • “The Horror and the Reality: Mental Illness Through the Lens of Horror” by V. Medina 
  • “We Are Not Daredevil. Except When We Are Daredevil” by Michael Merriam 
  • “Nihil De Nobis, Sine Nobis” by Ace Ratcliff 
  • “From Rabbit Holes to Wormholes: KidLit Memories” by Alice Wong 
  • “Stories That Talk” by Keith A. Manuel
  • “Once We Were Prophets” by Leigh Schmidt 
  • “Science Fiction as Community” by Kathryn Allan 
  • “Constructing the Future” by Derek Newman-Stille, PhD (ABD) 
  • “Disabled or Just Broken?” by Jaime O. Mayer 
  • “Now I Survive” by Jacqueline Bryk 
  • “Instant Demotion in Respectability” by Bogi Takács 
  • “Being Invisible” by Joyce Chng 
  • “We Are Not Your Backstories” by K. C. Alexander 
  • “Disabled Enough” by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry 
  • “Malfunctioning Space Stations” by Marissa Lingen 
  • “BFFs in the Apocalypse” by John Wiswell 
  • “Why I Limp” by Dilman Dila 
  • “The Only Thing Faster Than Tonight: Mr. Darkness” by Elise Matthesen 
  • “Homo Duplex” by Tochi Onyebuchi 
  • “A Dream to Shape My World” by Eli Wilkinson 
  • “To Boldly Go” by Cara Liebowitz 
  • “Move Like You’re From Thra, My People” by Haddayr Copley-Woods 
  • “Everything Is True: A Non-Neurotypical Experience with Fiction” by Ada Hoffmann 
  • “Unlocking the Garret” by Rachel Swirsky 
  • “The Stories We Tell and the Amazon Experiment” by Day Al-Mohamed 
  • “Science Fiction Saved My Life” by Laurel Amberdine 
  • “After the Last Chapter” by Andi C. Buchanan 
  • “Dancing in Iron Shoes” by Nicolette Barischoff 

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24A (9/4)

  • William Alexander- “The House on the Moon,” as read by Erika Ensign
  • Sarah Gailey- “All the Stars Above the Sea,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
  • William Alexander Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Episode 24B (10/2)

  • Nisi Shawl- “The Things I Miss the Most,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
  • Alicia Cole- “Convalescence,” as read by Erika Ensign
  • Marieke Nijkamp Interviewed by Haddayr Copley-Woods

More Writing

2018 continues to be a productive year for me. My essay “Cracks in the viewscreen”, about editing Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and the future of genre fiction, will be published in the next issue of Quill & Quire! Q&Q has been such a wonderful resource to me over the years, and I’m thrilled to have my essay there. I’m hugely grateful to Sue Carter for inviting me to contribute.

I’m still writing poetry, and hoping to add a few more poems to my chapbook with Frog Hollow Press. I’ve had some poetry acceptances in the last month, and a few publications.

My poem “After convulsing in public” will be published in Poetry Pause, the new poem-a-day program by The League of Canadian Poets. In a strange turn of events, I had a violent convulsive episode on the streetcar Wednesday, and the next day I received word that the poem had been accepted. The universe is weird sometimes.

My poem “MRI, or The New Art of Anthropomancy” will be published by Atticus Review in November. Atticus is a great American journal, and I’m thrilled to have my poem there.

“Side effects may include strangers” recently appeared in Train: a poetry journal. Unfortunately there was a little mixup and my name was the only one omitted from the cover, but I’m in there! Train is publishing terrific work, including this gut punch of a poem by Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and I’m thrilled to my have work with them. Another poem, “The Eganville Healer’s Compound”, will be published by Train in November. More on that one later.

I also had two poems published in Wordgathering: “Old young man” and “Degeneration”. Wordgathering constantly publishes great work by disabled authors, and it means a great deal to me to have work there.

Otherwise, I’m still writing and editing. Part 2 of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be online shortly, and I’ll do a post about that project shortly.