Goodness, what is time anymore? I guess it’s a good thing that sff is not too concerned with the construct of such things. The last time I wrote here was to provide my awards eligibility for the 2021 season and wow have a lot of happy little chickens come home to roost, so I am here to give you updates on what I’ve been nominated for, as well as my publications and appearances in the last six months or so.
I’m thrilled to announce that A Refuge of Tales is an Elgin Award nominee. The Elgin Awards honour speculative poetry chapbooks and collections published in the previous two years. A copy will be included in the award materials for members of the SFPA, but it is also available to purchase from virtually any book retailer, and you can always use my contact form if you’d like to buy a personalized copy to be mailed to you.
Additionally, my poem, “Hamilton Harbour” which appeared in A Refuge of Tales has been nominated for an Aurora Award! You can find the poem in my collection, or in the voter’s package if you are a member of CSFFA (I really can’t recommend getting a membership enough, you get all the year’s best Canadian SFF for $10).
Since I last blogged, I have published a whopping 10 poems, as well as my first pro-rate short story. You can find all my publications in my bibliography but I’ll highlight just a few here.
“Lessons from Mother,” is my poetic tribute to Ursula K. LeGuin, and came out in R.B. Lemberg and Lisa M. Bradley’s collection Climbing Lightly Through Forests. I’m so so honored to be part of this project and to be sharing the TOC with the most amazing speculative poets out there.
“So You Want to Fly,” is another poem that is near and dear to my heart. I gave a reading of it at the Emerging Writers series back in September but I’m so glad it found a home with From Farther Trees. Please give them a check out and buy a copy of the magazine if you too want to learn how to fly (because you so, totally can).
Finally, “Decoherence is a Lady,” came out from Daily Science Fiction. This is a little short story about the quantum nature of our personalities and why it’s so important to respect a romantic partner’s whole self.
There have been two other exciting news/events.
First, I am so happy to announce that I am the new assistant poetry editor with Utopia Science Fiction Magazine. Utopia is a semi-pro rate magazine that publishes hopeful and optimistic science fiction! I am loving what I have been seeing in the slush so far, and am always happy to see new poets submitting! You can find our guidelines here: https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/submit
Second, in April I had the privilege of performing a speculative routine on aerial silks for the Ephemera Reading Series. Ephemera is an amazing Canadian reading series. You can watch the full event here (but the link is bookmarked to the start of my section): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cr9FrkpONY&t=1210s&ab_channel=EphemeraSeries
Until next time, I hope you find what sustains you.
Lots of love,
P.S. In personal news, I got a dog! His name is Kerberos (aka Kirby) and he is the sweetest, as you can see from the photo which I used to get you all to read this!!