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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)

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
  • 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)
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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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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)

DPDSF

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.