Lynne Sargent

Writer Lynne Sargent

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

Spring/Summer 2019 Updates — September 25, 2019

Spring/Summer 2019 Updates


Welcome to the other side of warmth. The days will soon begin to chill, and it will be the perfect weather to cozy up in a blanket with a good book. I know I enjoyed my summertime adventures, of which there were many! (See picture above) But now it is back to school, back to the daily grind, and back to editing my novella (!!)

In the last few months I’ve had a few pieces come out.

“Draconic”, was published in my university’s HeforShe anthology, only available in print unfortunately, though it is included in my now-completed poetry book A Refuge of Tales. Refuge was funded through an Ontario Arts Council grant and is currently out on submission!

“Landscapes”, also came out, through Wild Musette, and is available in their issue, Frog Porridge.

I also placed “Beauty, Sleeping,” in one of my favourite new magazines, Augur. Augur is a Canadian sff/slipstream/beautiful ethereal masterpiece of a magazine. This poem is about Sleeping Beauty (the original), and shitty MILs. You can buy a copy of the magazine here.

I had a new and unfortunate publishing experience in which a magazine published some of my submitted works without a contract (and there still is no contract), and without clear agreement on payment. It’s honestly one of the most upsetting things to happen to me as a writer to date (and with over 200 rejections under my belt now, that’s saying something). You can read more about my experience with LiteLitOne here. That being said, I am still very happy with the poems and so you can read, “All the Unwritten,” “Kussaz” and “Work,” here.

Finally, I had my piece “Call to Action- In Translation” come out just yesterday from Arsenika! This piece is my love letter to Emily Wilson for all she did translating the Odyssey. I have always loved the epics but I got to love it in a new way because of her. You can check that piece out here.

If you’re interested in my work going forward here are some upcoming things you can look forward to:

  1. I’m going to be at Can*Con in Ottawa Oct 18th-20th this year. This con is super amazing, and I’m really sorry if you don’t already have tickets because pre-sales are 100% sold out. I’m going to be on at least one panel, but they haven’t been announced yet so I don’t want to spoil the surprise here!
  2. Later this year and next I have some pieces coming out from TruancyNew Myths, and Polar Borealis, as well as some not-yet-announced things! You can check out my full bibliography including confirmed forthcoming works here.

That’s all for now!

Lots of love,

Lynne

January/February 2019 Updates — March 1, 2019

January/February 2019 Updates


Welcome all you frozen souls looking for harbor this winter. I feel you.

I too, have been searching for home, for stability, for a comfort in stillness, and I have been largely failing, but there are some things that I am very happy and proud of nonetheless.

First of all, my poem, “Eruptions,” is now available for FREE  from Reckoning Magazine. Check it out here.

As well, my poem, “Willowisp” came out from Star*Line in their Winter 2019 issue and is available for purchase here.

I also got my first story publication credit! It’s a small flash-fiction piece entitled “Sent by the Wisewoman” prompted by some photography by Kit Sora. It will be publicly available soon! You can see the announcement here.

Finally, and most excitingly, I was selected for an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) award! I’ve received $1500 to spend time putting together my first, FULL-LENGTH book of poetry, which is a dream come true. My goal is to finish the manuscript by August and then start the submissions process, and it will certainly involve some of my previously published poems such as “Apologies from the Moon.” Tentatively title “A REFUGE OF TALES,” it will be about the ways in which stories help and harm, include and exclude, and how we can change the world around us with their power.

I’ll keep you guys updated as they come out, but you can also watch out for some work forthcoming from me in Augur, Arsenika, and Wild Musette!