Audiobook of The Four Profound Weaves is now available!

The audiobook of The Four Profound Weaves is out on the world! Enjoy the amazing cover and narration by Paul Boehmer. 🙂

An audiobook cover for the Four Profound Weaves, featuring a bird

Le Guin Feminist SF Fellowship

This is finally public – I have been awarded the 2020 Le Guin Feminist SF Fellowship sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). The fellowship is awarded “to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction.” Locus reported about it here.

My project focuses on Le Guin’s poetry, and it has grown out of the retrospective essay on Le Guin’s poetry that I wrote for Climbing Lightly Through Forests, an anthology of poetic tributes to Le Guin which is co-edited by Lisa M. Bradley and myself. I’ve done a lot of research already, and a lot of writing which did not fit into the retrospective. In addition to poetry collections, I have also been looking at her chapbooks, and some of her translation work.

I can’t wait to go to the University of Oregon to do archival work at SCUA. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the archives are closed to outside researchers. I am looking forward to the trip, and will keep you posted on the results.

Many thanks to my spouse Bogi Takács, as well as Lisa M. Bradley, Kate Elliott, and Jeremy Brett for your support and encouragement.

Cover reveal and ToC for Climbing Lightly Through Forests

Lisa M. Bradley and I are happy to announce the lineup and cover of Climbing Lightly Through Forests, a poetry anthology honoring Ursula K. Le Guin. Forests includes our introduction, work by many wonderful poets, and a retrospective of Le Guin’s poetry. The anthology is forthcoming from Aqueduct Press in January 2021. It was an absolute honor to work on this project. Congratulations to all the poets! This is going to be beautiful.

Table of Contents

NOT AN INTRODUCTION, by Lisa M. Bradley and R.B. Lemberg

POETRY

1. Wind and Water
“Dear Ursula” by Edmond Y. Chang
“Where Are You?” by Jo Walton
“Wind Writes the Water” by Roger Dutcher
“Distance, Interval” by MJ Cunniff
“In Latin, foris” by Christopher Phelps
“The Forester’s Stratagem” by Neile Graham
“Redwood Houses” by Amelia Gorman
“Galloping Hooves” by Tricia Knoll
“Kudzu” by Stephanie Burt
“Pacifica/evergreen” by Hal Y. Zhang
“The Other Lives” by Sonya Taaffe
“Of Winter and Other Seasons” by Kiya Nicoll
“Might as well say I’m the words she read” by Betsy Aoki
Poet Stumbles upon the Ten Thousand Things” by Brandon O’Brien

2. Rebellions
“Speculative Fiction” by Linden McMahon
“Sound Science” by Hal Y. Zhang
“Upwards Toward the Light (a found poem)” by Rachel Swirsky
“Physics” by Ursula Whitcher
“Dream Logic” by Ada Hoffmann
“The Trees Are Waiting” by Gita Ralleigh
“We Dream the Future in Our Songs” by Eva Papasoulioti
“Atmospheric Inversion” by Kim Goldberg
“The Keystone Out of Your Arch” by Sonya Taaffe
“Tolk” by So Mayer
“On the Long Road Back” by Aimee Ogden
“The Day before the Revolution” by Izzy Wasserstein

3. Bodies and Boundaries
“Icarus” by Thoraiya Dyer
“From the Ansible, a Voice” by Charles Payseur
“The Topography of Ambition” by Wendy Howe
“Frost Ascending” by Kendra Preston Leonard
“Ossify” by Jennifer Mace
“Keepsake” by A.J. Odasso
“Gebbeth” by A.Z. Louise
“A Headful of Hair” by Leah Bobet
“Evening (terza rima)” by Susannah Mandel
“And So if You Go Down, You Go Down Whole” by Jeanelle D’Isa
“ode to illness” by Gwynne Garfinkle
“The Place Where We Don’t Touch (To Therem Harth rem ir Estravan, from Theirs to Thine)” by Xian Mao
“An idea of boundary” by Shweta Narayan
“Concern (a found poem)” by Brandon O’Brien
“The Brown Thing” by Sofia Samatar

4. Kin and Kind
“Subjunctivitis (or: a Stratagem of Mortality)” by Margarita Tenser
“The Scent of Green” by Sandra J. Lindow
“Dancing at the Edge” by Margaret Wack
“Until the Ships Came” by Nicole Field
“Song of the Guardians of the Rainbow” by Ana Tapia, translation by Lawrence Schimel
“The Humanist Chaplain Watches her Daughter Walking through the Herb Garden” by T.D. Walker
“Couch Burning” by Tania Pryputniewicz
“My 1980” by Stephanie Burt
“On Reading Le Guin” by Mary Soon Lee
“Earthsea” by Bernard Horn
“Time Is Being and Being Time” Eva Papasoulioti
“Lessons from Mother” by Lynne Sargent
“A Metaphor of Sparrows” by Erin K. Wagner

5. The Farthest Shore
“Journey” by Lyta Gold
“Dragon Haiku” by Mary Vlooswyk
“The Ineffable” by Valeria Rodríguez
“Cat’s Canticle” by David Sklar
“Reincarnate” by Kate Boyes
“Spring” by Nisi Shawl
“Note To Ursula K. Le Guin” by JT Stewart
“Oregon: Local News” by Tricia Knoll
“There Must Be Darkness” by Catherine Rockwood

ESSAY
“The Poetry of Ursula K. Le Guin: A Retrospective” by R.B. Lemberg

Birdverse website, new poem, Le Guin

Dear readers – I have made a new website for Birdverse, located at birdverse.net. I have replaced the previous Birdverse page on this website with a link to the new website, which has a lot more info and is, hopefully, well-organized!

I will post information relevant to the Birdverse over at birdverse.net, and I will cross-post or link to Birdverse news on this blog.

The first post over at the Birdverse website has news about The Four Profound Weaves blog tour, appearances, and essays. You can read it there!

Poetry news: my poem “Stone Listening,” inspired by the character in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home, is up on Strange Horizons.

I will be posting the cover to Climbing Lightly through Forests, as well as the complete table of contents, in a few days.

Take care-

RB

The Four Profound Weaves pre-Launch Happenings

Just a few days left before the official launch of The Four Profound Weaves on September 1st, 2020. It’s an exciting time!

Here is a short list of everything going on right now:

Charles Payseur asked me some amazing questions about Birdverse! I was very excited about these questions.

Goodreads is offering two physical copies of The Four Profound Weaves. Beneath Ceaseless Skies is also offering two copies :))

The Raven is running a Crowdcast.io launch event with me and Kate Elliott on September 3, 7pm CDT – please pre-register! (I am very excited).

There will be a Reddit AMA on r/books on September 4th 🙂 – I will post more details next week!

I recorded a podcast with Worldshapers, which should go live by Mid-September. There will be other cool things happening in the next few weeks – I will post them as soon as the details are finalized.

Upcoming events: NASFiC and The Raven

I have two upcoming events which I would like to share with you. First, spouseperson Bogi Takács and myself will be doing a reading at NASFiC this Sunday, August 23, 2020. The reading will be held at 2:30PM-2:50PM EDT via Zoom – please see the NASFiC website for details. We will be reading from our recent and upcoming work in honor of Corey Alexander.

Second, as a part of the events for the launch of THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, there will be a conversation between myself and the inimitable Kate Elliott hosted at the Raven Bookstore via Crowdcast.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 3rd, at 7pm CDT/8PM EDT. You can register for free at www.crowdcast.io/e/rblemberg/register

You can also order a signed copy via The Raven at www.ravenbookstore.com

The Four Profound Weaves is going to be an audiobook!

I am very pleased to announce that my new agent, Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron, has sold audio rights to my Birdverse debut, the Four Profound Weaves, to Tantor Media. I’m so happy there’s going to be an audiobook!

TWO starred reviews for the Four Profound Weaves

My upcoming Birdverse debut The Four Profound Weaves has received not one, but two starred reviews from trade journals: The Publishers Weekly, and the Library Journal. I couldn’t be happier.

Publishers Weekly (for full review, please click the link):

Lemberg’s outstanding debut novel expands on the short stories of the Birdverse that they have been publishing for about a decade […] Uiziya and nen-sasaïr’s journey is enthralling and frequently moving, as along the way they are repeatedly faced with the choice “to care or not, as all people do.” Lemberg writes deeply considered, evocative portraits of their characters, handling sexuality and gender especially well. This diverse, folkloric fantasy world is a delight to visit.

The Library Journal review (for full review please click the link):

Nebula-nominated Lemberg’s first novella, set in their deeply queer “Birdverse” universe, presents a beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage. Centering two older transgender protagonists in the midst of emotional and physical journeys highlights the deep, meaningful prose that Lemberg always brings to their stories.

The book will be published on September 4th; meanwhile, you can preorder it from Tachyon or from a variety of other book retailers, and/or put it on your Goodreads list.

Reddit AMA at r/Fantasy Today!

Some fine folks invited me to do a Reddit AMA on r/fantasy – I have been answering questions about Birdverse, my upcoming novella The Four Profound Weaves, worldbuilding, linguistics, recipes, and critters! I hope you will swing by and ask me more questions throughout the day of May 11, 2020.

The AMA link:  https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/ghqa6s/im_rb_lemberg_author_of_birdverse_stories_and/

Hope to see you there!

“To Balance the Weight of Khalem” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

I have a new story for you – it is a fantasy novelette unconnected to Birdverse (for a change), titled “To Balance the Weight of Khalem“. You can read it for free online, and if you are so inclined, you can support BCS Magazine on Patreon. I love this magazine so much.

The new story is about a magical onion, migrations, hunger and food insecurity, and found families, and long travel. The main character is trans (they are still figuring out their identity), and there’s a queer romance with a were-ray love interest. This story is ownvoices on multiple aspects – the onion in particular comes from my life.

The story already received some wonderful reviews. Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews writes:

It’s a complex story of balance and of connection, people reaching people through food and fragrance, through moments of shared grief, through the ways their hurts contradict and the ways their hurts bind together, links in a chain crossing borders. […]It’s a beautiful story, stunningly built and intimately rendered. 

Maria Haskins highlights it at Curious Fictions:

A novelette about a magical onion, about war and immigration and loved, about the memories we carry with us, and the memories we’ve lost along the way. Reading Lemberg’s prose is like opening a treasure chest — it’s gorgeously rich and gleaming and there is a spellbinding, quiet power in the words. This is also very much, a story about food– about the scent and taste and nourishment and comfort food can bring us.

I hope you give this story a read, and, if you are so inclined, let me know what you think.

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About

R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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