THE MYTHIC DREAM

My latest anthology with Navah Wolfe, The Mythic Dream, came out September 3rd and while I posted about it on social media I didn’t get a chance to make a post here. So.

THE MYTHIC DREAM IS OUT IN THE WORLD! 

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This is my third and final collaboration with the amazing Navah Wolfe, and we are unbelievably proud of this book. It’s been an incredible journey working together on these anthologies, and it’s changed my life.

This is the first of our anthologies to get a simultaneous audiobook release, and we’re very excited for that! The narrator is Samantha Desz.

We’ve already received some early, terrific reviews. Publishers Weekly wrote that we “have compiled an impressively varied compendium of myth reimaginings by numerous well-known speculative fiction writers” and that “This eclectic, often subversive collection will appeal to fairy tale fans who want something new and different.”

Martin Cahill also gave the book a glowing review on Tor.com, delcaring “The Mythic Dream is a triumph of an anthology.” His review absolute GOT what we wanted to do with the anthology, and the feeling that brings is amazing.

A few days after the release we also had a post about the book on John Scalzi’s The Big Idea discussing retellings and the ways this connects to our previous anthologies.

Here’s the full ToC for the book:

  • Phantoms of the Midway, by Seanan McGuire
  • The Justified, by Ann Leckie
  • Fisher-Bird, by T. Kingfisher
  • A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy, by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Bridge of Crows, by JY Yang
  • Labbatu Takes Command of the Flagship Heaven Dwells Within, by Arkady Martine
  • Wild to Covet, by Sarah Gailey
  • ¡Cuidado! ¡Que Viene El Coco! by Carlos Hernandez
  • He Fell Howling, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Curses Like Words, Like Feathers, Like Stories, by Kat Howard
  • Across the River, by Leah Cypess
  • Sisyphus in Elysium, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Kali_Na, by Indrapramit Das
  • Live Stream, Alyssa Wong
  • Close Enough for Jazz, by John Chu
  • Buried Deep, by Naomi Novik
  • The Things Eric Eats Before He Eats Himself, Carmen Maria Machado
  • Florilegia; or, Some Lies About Flowers, by Amal El-Mohtar

Award WINS (and another nomination)

So this happened.

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WON THE HUGO AWARD!!!!

There’s so much I want to write about this, but unfortunately I don’t have enough time at the moment with Fan Expo coming this Thursday. I’ll have more on this at a later time, especially in relation to what it means to me. I think I’ll post about that once the award arrives in the mail. For now though: we won. I’m still waiting to wake up. I couldn’t be there, but Elsa was able to represent DPDSF and Uncanny’s outgoing Managing Editor Michi Trota was there representing Uncanny. They delivered beautiful speeches, and I was shaking the whole time I watched on my computer screen at home.

In the acceptance speech Elsa said: “If ever you’ve been chased off of the playground because of your disability, been told your story doesn’t matter, been told you shouldn’t be where you are, this award, this rocketship, it’s ours to use to reach the stars.” And it’s true. I know this win means a lot to a lot of folks. And there’s still a LOT of work to be done. But it feels like a big start. More on all of that later though.

For now: my heartfelt thanks to Elsa for being my co-editor on this, and Lynne Marie Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas and the Uncanny team for trusting us with DPDSF. Thanks as well to our staff Nicolette Barischoff (personal essays), S. Qiouyi Lu (poetry), and Judith Tarr (reprints) and to all our authors. The issue wouldn’t have been possible without all these wonderful people.

 


 

So this also happened.

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ROBOTS VS FAIRIES WON THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD!!!!

RvsF is my second anthology with Navah, and our second Shirley Jackson Award win. This came as a big shocker. We love our weird little book. Some of the stories are fun, silly, dark, and whimsical. It’s a very varied project, and we never expected this. I was so happy when Navah messaged me with that picture. We both work our asses off on our anthologies, and it’s always such a pleasure working with Navah. Getting this kind of recognition for our work is just so gratifying. We’re so grateful to the jurors, and of course to all our authors for their amazing contributions.

Speaking of Navah, SHE WON THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM. I am so damn proud of her. Navah is one of the hardest working editors I know, and I am so happy to see her recognized for her fabulous skills in editing novels. She used to work in Children’s publishing, and we’re so lucky to have her now in adult SF/F. CONGRATULATIONS NAVAH!


 

Continuing on the subject of awards and Navah: ROBOTS VS FAIRIES is a finalist for the WORLD FANTASY AWARD!!!!

This has been a roller-coaster of a year for me on a personal level, but in my professional life the great news just keeps coming. We’ve been so fortunate that our books keep resonating with readers and critics, and having RvsF be nominated for the World Fantasy Award (like The Starlit Wood) is just another unexpected pleasure of working in this business. Again, I’m so grateful to the jurors and to all our authors. (I know, I wrote that above, but it can’t be said enough.)

We’re up against some stiff competition in the anthology category, and it’s always a pleasure and an honour to be nominated, but this year my money is on The Book of Magic by the late, great Gardner Dozois (who received a well-deserved Hugo Award posthumously for Best Editor – Short Form).

More later!

A long overdue update

So. Much. Has. Happened.

Awards might be a good place to start?

Uncanny Magazine / Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Magazine. The Hugo. That’s wild. I’m so happy for the folks at Uncanny, and for all the contributors to Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Especially my co-editor in chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and the rest of our DPDSF crew: Nicolette Barischoff (Personal Essays), S. Qiouyi Lu (Poetry), and Judith Tarr (Reprints). It’s a wonderful list of finalists, which you can find here. So many thanks to Lynne & Michael Thomas for trusting us with this project.

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction has also been nominated for the Aurora Award for Best Related Work. Again, I’m damn happy for our crew. It’s another terrific group of finalists. One of the DPDSF essay, “Constructing the future” by Derek Newman-Stille, has also been nominated in the Best Fan Writing and Publications category.

 

Robots vs Fairies, which I co-edited with Navah Wolfe, has been nominated for both the Shirley Jackson Award and the Locus Award for Best Anthology. In both cases stories from the anthology have also been nominated. “Adriftica” by Maria Dahvana Headley has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson in the Novelette category. For the Locus, “Quality Time” by Ken Liu is up in the Novelette section and “The Bookcase Expedition” by Jeffrey Ford is up for the Short Story category.

Numerous stories from the books have also been also reprinted Year’s Best anthologies:

  • The Best Science Fiction of the Year – ed. Neil Clarke
    • All the Time We’ve Left to Spend, Alyssa Wong (RvsF)
    • Heavy Lifting, A.T. Greenblatt (DPDSF)
    • The Buried Giant, Lavie Tidhar (RvsF)
  • The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year – ed. Jonathan Strahan
    • The Bookcase Expedition, Jeffrey Ford (RvsF)
    • Quality Time, Ken Liu (RvsF)
    • The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto, Annalee Newitz (RvsF)
  • The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, ed Paula Guran
    • Second to the Left, and Straight On, Jim C. Hines (RvsF)
    • Just Another Love Song, Kat Howard (RvsF)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy – ed. Rich Horton
    • The Buried Giant, Lavie Tidhar (RvsF)
    • A House by the Sea, P. H. Lee (DPDSF)
  • The Year’s Top Robot Stories – ed. Allan Kaster
    • The Blue Fairy’s Manifesto, Annalee Newitz (RvsF)

 

On a more personal side, my story “The River Street Witch” from Alice Unbound (Exile Editions), edited by Colleen Anderson, has also made the longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic in the short story category. The story is quite a dark exploration of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (Todd’s Syndrome), which I experience (I even wrote an essay about it for Uncanny Magazine a few years ago). The full list of nominees is available here, and it includes so many friends and colleagues.

Writing news. I’ve been very busy and productive over the last few months with my writing. It’s an exciting time as I’m generating a lot of different work across genres, and a lot of it seems to be resonating with people. I’m also hard at work on the poetry collection, which is nearing completion. All of the following pieces have been accepted in the last few months or were recently published:

  • Creative nonfiction/essays
    • I’m sorry, mon ami – The Humber Literary Review, forthcoming
    • The Dark Room – The Fiddlehead, forthcoming
    • My body exists in another language – Hamilton Arts & Letters, (Canadian Disability Poetics issue), forthcoming
    • The Visions Take their Toll: Disability and the Cost of Magic – Disabled People Destroy Fantasy, forthcoming
  • Poetry
    • my partner makes of me a poem – PRISM International, forthcoming
    • Let us for a moment call this pain by other words – BOAAT, forthcoming
    • Un docteur anglophone traduit les inquiétudes de son patient avec Google / An English speaking doctor translates the concerns of his patient with Google, Riddle Fence – forthcoming
    • The body calls for guests – Arc Poetry Magazine, forthcoming
    • He plays the spoons, The Antigonish Review, forthcoming

    • Upkeep, The Antigonish Review, forthcoming

    • Inside story, Plenitude
    • other body prayerGlass: A Poetry Journal (Poets Resists)

Grant Support

Yesterday I received some incredible news and I well and truly cried. I’m the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council $12,000 Literary Creation Projects (Works for Publication) Grant.

For context, between disability and freelancing my income last year was under 14k. And now, this year, I’m getting almost that amount in a single grant. This is in addition to other support I’m getting this year from the OAC.

The impact of this type of support can’t be emphasized enough. This will allow me to live, and to further dedicate myself to my career without worrying constantly about being able to eat, to pay my rent, or to pay my medication.

The grant is to support my project “The Body Poetic”, a poetry collection that explores intersections of disability, memory, language, queerness, and ageing. My poetry chapbook, “We, Old Young Ones”, published last month by Frog Hollow Press and which has been doing really well, features some of the work that will appear in the collection.

One wonderful thing is that part of the research for a project like this is the acquisition of small press books on disability, pain, etc. A grant of this level enables me to get hard-to-find and small press books which directly allows me to further support my community.

This is life-changing, and it will allow me to take more creative risks. I’m so thankful to the OAC and the jurors for their support.

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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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