Lynne Sargent

Writer Lynne Sargent

Awards Eligibility!! — November 22, 2021

Awards Eligibility!!


Confession: I never know whether to indicate that the year is this year, aka. the year all the works came out (2021), or whether to indicate the year that the awards will be given out (2022). Anywho, this is this year’s eligibility post!

This year, I am eligible for the Astounding Award (1st year), The Elgin Award (2nd year), as well as myriad of potential awards for poetry and short fiction, including but probably not limited to The Rhyslings, The Auroras, The Nebulas, and The Hugos.

Here are some works of mine you might consider reading for these awards. If you want to see more things I wrote this year, I encourage you to check out my bibliography.

Short Fiction

A Generation of Darkness (Orion’s Belt)

This flash piece is about two black holes that fall in love and eat the whole universe. It is very sapphic.

Can’t Bear the Ego (The Arcanist)

This flash piece is a little revenge story about why all videogames should have a story mode and why couples can benefit through compromise, especially when it comes to camping.

Poetry

Careless Harms, Thoughtless Constructions (Liminality)

This poem takes the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and mashes it together with the philosophical thought experiment The Chinese Room. It’s about striving for communication and kindness.

What is Enough (Terse)

This poem is a poem about wishing, and looking at the night sky, and loving the moon.

So You Want to Fly (From Farther Trees)

This poem is about how and why everyone can learn how to fly. Yes, even you. I believe in you. This one isn’t available free online, so reach out via my contact form if you want a copy!

Collection

A Refuge of Tales (Renaissance Press)

My inaugural collection, A Refuge of Tales, is still eligible for the Elgins as the Elgins have two years of eligibility. It was nominated last year, but I would super duper love to see it on the list again! This collection is about everyone who is left out of the fairytales, and about finding our own new stories in and amongst the wreckage. If you would like a review copy please message me via my contact form and I will get it to you!

Thanks for reading & I hope you enjoyed my words this year, and the picture of my very good doggo.

xoxo,

Lynne

Spooky Season Secrets — October 21, 2021

Spooky Season Secrets


Greetings, friends!

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. I am feeling in good spirits with the crisp Fall weather and with exciting things on the horizon. Since I wrote last, I’ve had not one, but two (!!) short stories published, as well as the usual smattering of poems.

The other exciting news is that I will be attending my first Con in over two years! I am also thrilled that it will be my first World Fantasy convention, in one of my favourite cities– Montreal. I am particularly grateful to be able to attend it without the need for any international travel during this time and that Montreal has strict double vaccination policies in indoor public spaces.

At WFC I will be appearing on the following panels. The panel times & locations are still partially in flux, so you can find the most recent schedule here.

“That Didn’t Work”

“We’ve all seen it. A brilliant idea that didn’t execute on the paper as planned,.
Maybe it was a secondary character that took over the narrative or a lack of
chemistry between characters that ruined the plot. In theory, the author has
the ability to mold and change the characters, the plot, the world, but despite
best efforts, that doesn’t always work. Panelists discuss their own work —
what didn’t work and why. Was it the character, the environment, or even the
dialogue? What was it that broke the spell?”

“The Wild World of Speculative Poetry”

“Speculative poetry is an underrated form of fantastical writing.
It is versatile, rich in language, and able to dig deep into the human condition in
its own unique way. From limmericks to free form works, speculative poetry has
much to offer. What are some standout examples of the form? Where are some
of the best writers getting published today? Panelists discuss what makes
speculative poetry a favored field and share some of their favorite works and
collections.”

&& I will also be hosting a reading! It will be the first time reading from my work in this kind of setting as opposed to an open-mic. I will likely present a smattering of new poems that I have been dying to get in front of an audience or potentially an excerpt from a recent publication.

On the subject of recent publications… if you haven’t yet read them:

On the short story side…

A Generation of Darkness” is out from Orion’s Belt! This is one of my favourite pieces. It’s lyrical, it’s bringing the human to the inhuman. It’s lesbian black holes learning to fall in love. What’s not to like?

Can’t Bear the Ego” is out from The Arcanist! This is arguably one of my most humorous pieces, so if you’re into the lighthearted this is for you. This piece was born from a) my hatred of camping and b) my love for easy-mode existing on video games.

& on the poetry side…

Careless Harms, Thoughtless Constructions” is out in the final issue of Liminality (RIP). So glad I had a chance to be in the magazine before it closed. This piece combines the myth of the minotaur with the philosophical Chinese Room thought experiment.

What is Enough” is out from Terse. This piece is about accepting peace and love and finding beauty in everything.

Now I am curling up in blankets and packing on the words like insulation to hibernate through the winter. I will see you next time on the other side.

The Mid-Year Update Post — June 9, 2021

The Mid-Year Update Post


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.

Nominations

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).

Publications

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.

Miscellany

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,

Lynne

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!!

Awards Eligibility 2021 — December 8, 2020

Awards Eligibility 2021


Wow, the world is a whole lot of a different place than it was last year. If you’d told me at this time last year that I would a) publish my first ever short story b) publish my first ever poetry collection and c) be living through a global pandemic, not to mention all the other life changes I’ve been through this year I would tell you to go home, you’re drunk.

Nonetheless, this is where we are, and the world continues to move on. That means that we are looking forward to the 2021 Awards Season (cue endless screaming). As such, I present to you a list of my selected works this year that you could read and/or nominate for awards if they spark something in you!

Short Story

Holy shit! I finally published my first short story! Well, actually my first two short stories, but the one that I think is more likely to be appealing to folks for awards is THE FOREST IS A DANCER which came out from The Centropic Oracle. It’s available in text and audio format and imagines what it would be like to be the B.C. temperate rainforest living through our current ecological disasters. If you like lyrical prose, dance, or mushrooms, this one is for you.

Poetry Collection

Double holy shit! I published my first poetry collection! A REFUGE OF TALES is a collection of mostly-original poetry (only about 10% of the poems in it are reprints) out from Renaissance Press. You can buy an e-book version here for $3.99 CAD, or if you’d like a review copy feel free to reach out to me at my contact form or on Twitter and I’ll find a way to hook you up with one. Here’s a blurb from the collection and what some readers have thought about it:

“What does it mean to make a home inside a story? Stories are safe, comfortable, familiar. Fairytales and myths, these stories we all know and grew up with are even moreso. A Refuge of Tales takes everyday tropes and asks: safe for who? This is a collection of poems for anyone who has ever felt outside of the myth. With language both sharp and lyrical, Lynne Sargent weaves a treatise on the power of stories, and how those who have been left behind can take up that power and use it to build a new, better world.”

“Lynne Sargent is a modern day Persephone, plumbing the depths of womanhood. Sargent excavates rage in feminist poetry that draws on the imagery of myth and fairy tale in novel and startling ways. She’s an expert at that last surprising line that turns the whole thing on its head and makes us see the story through a new lens.”

Ursula Pflug, author of Seeds and Other Stories

Poetry

In addition to many of the poems in A REFUGE OF TALES, I had a number of poems come out this year. I’m going to suggest two of them for you here, but you can always visit my full bibliography if you’re interested in further reading!

First, ROSE GLASSES OVER MERCURY MIRRORS came out in The Mithila Review. This poem is a take on the evil queen from Snow White and asks what it means to be seen, and what sort of kindness and healing being seen can offer, and what kind of harm it can do when you aren’t seen by your romantic partner.

Second, STAR-FIGHTER came out from Polar Borealis, and you can find it on page 18 of the link. It has also already been reprinted in STELLAR EVOLUTIONS, an anthology of selected work from Polar Borealis issues. Editor Rhea Rose called it “a warrior’s poem.” It’s a poem about feeling too much, and what to do with all that feeling. Plus, there’s some glorious space knight imagery for your reading pleasure.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read, published, and otherwise supported my work this year, in past years, or in years to come. It means the world to me.

Lots of love,

Lynne xo

The Summer that Wasn’t — September 14, 2020

The Summer that Wasn’t


Dear friend,

Time continues to wibble and wobble as we all somehow progress through this utter disaster of a year. Like everything else, that includes my writing. Somehow I both continue to write and publish and have had some really incredible developments which I feel deeply weird about because of *gestures* everything.

Rather than go in chronological order, we’re going to go in order of importance today, so its my absolute pleasure to announce that my first poetry collection A Refuge of Tales is coming out from Renaissance Press on September 30th 2020, only a few weeks away! This collection has been a labor of love for me for the past three years, and some of the poems in it date back to as early as 2013.

Here is what people are saying about the collection:

“Filled with irony, rage, humour, and compassion, this poetry collection takes our fairy tales and fables, and all the stories we tell ourselves, and doesn’t simply deconstruct them, but blasts them into tiny shards, razor-sharp and beautiful.”

Su J Sokol, author of the Sunburst-nominated novel, Cycling to Asylum

“Lynne Sargent is a modern day Persephone, plumbing the depths of womanhood. Sargent excavates rage in feminist poetry that draws on the imagery of myth and fairy tale in novel and startling ways. She’s an expert at that last surprising line that turns the whole thing on its head and makes us see the story through a new lens.”

Ursula Pflug, author of Seeds and Other Stories

You can also find a trailer for the book here.

And here is the list of places you can order it from! Or if you have your heart set on a signed copy, you can slide into my Twitter DMs (@SamLynneS) or send a message using my contact page and we’ll figure out a way to get you one.

Renaissance (ebook): https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/ebook-a-refuge-of-tales/186?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=4

Renaissance (paperback): https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/a-refuge-of-tales/185?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=2

Amazon (CA): https://www.amazon.ca/Refuge-Tales-Lynne-Sargent-ebook/dp/B08HHW373X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=lynne+sargent+refuge+of+tales&qid=1599695687&sr=8-1

Apple books: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/a-refuge-of-tales/id1530994270?uo=4&mt=11&at=1010l9S2

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-refuge-of-tales-lynne-sargent/1137604708?ean=2940162990642

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-refuge-of-tales

In addition to my first published book (!!!) I also had my first short story and first essay come out.

The short story “Accursed” is a fabulist erotic piece about learning to advocate for your orgasm, and is out from Nobilis Erotica in audio format.

My first essay “The Liminality of Dreams,” was in the Horror Writers Association’s Blood and Spades August 2020 newsletter.

Finally, I’ve had two more poems come out since my last missive:

The Phoenixcan be found in Starline’s Spring 2020 issue, and “Siren’s Song” can be found in Microverses.

Look forward to more of my work, both poetry and short stories, in the coming months. I hope it is a balm to you in these complicated times.

First Fragments of a Lost Year — May 12, 2020

First Fragments of a Lost Year


Dear friends,

I hope you all are well. I know this is a small comfort, but as Neil Gaiman once wrote, “Words save our lives, sometimes.” This is a phrase I have held onto since I first read it, and it struck true for me, and it still does today. It feels really weird to be writing what is essentially a promotional update piece in the midst of turmoil, but even in that midst the world does turn.

So, what have I been up to since January, the last time I wrote you about my award-eligible works?

Well, first of all, my piece “Beauty, Sleeping,” which was published in the absolutely breathtaking Augur Magazine, has been nominated for an Aurora Award! I could not be more pleased, and I encourage everyone who can to vote in these awards, the ballot is stacked, and if you’re a member of CSFFA, you get to read all the award nominated works for FREE (the membership is about $10/year).

I’ve also had a number of pieces come out in the first half of this year, including:

Stone Cold,”  which came out in Truancy in January.  This piece is about a young gorgon learning to protect herself.

Rose Glasses over Mercury Mirrors,” which came out in the The Mithila Review in March. This piece was inspired by Donna Jo Napoli’s Dark Shimmer, and is about what culpability, if any, the king had in Snow White, and how women should be loved.

Star-Fighter,” which came out in  Polar Borealis in April. Polar Borealis is always such a joy to work with, and I am always so grateful that the magazine which was my first sale continue to love and promote my work. This poem is about having too many feelings.

What is Grown,” came out in Dreams and Nightmares also in April. Currently, the PDF is available to subscribers, and print versions will be sent out whenever *gestures at the world* this is all over. This poem is about the small dreams that people with trauma hold on to.

In addition, I wrote a small snippet for my (small press) on what a typical writing day looks like for me, if you’re interested at all in my process.

That’s all for now, and may the coming months bring warmth, hope, and inspiration to you all.

xoxo,

Lynne

 

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Women in Horror: Lynne Sargent — February 19, 2020

Women in Horror: Lynne Sargent


Colleen Anderson

WiHM11-Scalples-whI’ve been impressed and honored to feature so many great poets for Women in Horror Month, and that continues with today’s guest, Lynne Sargent..

When did you discover poetry and who/what influenced you?

The first poetry I encountered was Tolkien’s, as a child I loved poetry that was seeded into the books I loved to read. I started seeking out external poetry after coming across Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shallot” in Meg Cabot’s Avalon High. After I started writing poetry in high school as the result of a book report assignment, I also fell in love with Dickinson, Wilde, Plath, and when I found speculative poetry and started publishing, my horizons broadened even further and now I love poets like Amal El-Mohtar, Leah Bobet, Holly Lyn Walrath, and Brandon O’Brien. In general, my poetry is hugely influenced by politics, myths, and fairy tales.

Why do you write poetry?

I…

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Awards Eligibility 2020 — January 3, 2020

Awards Eligibility 2020


Happy New Year dear friends.

I know I’m late putting this up, but I had one last piece coming out at the end of this year and in the busyness I’m only now able to collect my thoughts.

This year I had an amazing 11 poems come out, though not all were speculative and not all are widely available.

The main awards that I’m aware of that I’m eligible for are the Aurora Award for poetry and the Rhysling Award, so if you’re nominating for those, these are for you.

This year, I’d recommend one of the following if you are nominating:

Beauty, Sleeping,” came out in Augur Magazine’s Issue 2.2 in August 2019. If you aren’t reading Augur, you should be, because they need to be nominated for all the awards. They are such a hardworking publication and they put out such cool stuff (and I swear I’m not biased). This poem is about the real sleeping beauty story and shitty MILs. This is the only recommend work that’s behind a paywall but I promise you it is so, so worth it to sub to this magazine.

Call to Action – In Translation,” came out in Arsenika Issue 4. This poem is my love letter to Emily Wilson and her translation of the Odyssey, and I had all the feelings. I understand some of you might have as well.

Finally, I’d recommend “Thunderous,” in Polar Borealis, Issue 12, you can find the poem on page 19.  Polar Borealis was the first magazine I ever sold  a poem to and Graeme is so supportive of new writers and its all free so do go check it out. This poem is about being the child of warring gods, and what we can do with that as we grow.

If these don’t tickle your fancy, or you just want to read more, as always you can find a complete list of my works at the “Bibliography” button above.

In 2020 I look forward to putting out even more work, and sharing this love with all of you. I hope that in this year you conquer all your mountains and if you are already weary and worn, then I hope the tide of time washes gently over you leaving you with nothing but peace <3.

Lynne