My long poem “In the Third Cycle” received a Rhysling nomination. I am glad. The Cycle is the first queer epic piece I wrote during the epic “Ten Days in December” (2010), and to see it recognized (first via the Rannu competition win, and now the nomination) makes me feel that people really do care about the work that comes from my very core. Not that I ever cut corners with poetry, but this one is just… if I had to choose only three poems of mine to survive, this one would be on the list. If I had to only choose one poem, this one would probably be it. Many thanks to Strange Horizons, and to Sonya Taaffe, for publishing it.
And speaking of Sonya Taaffe, I got a package in the mail from Erzebet with this most beautiful book:
A Mayse-Bikhl, Yiddish for “a little storybook”, is full of Jewish-themed speculative poems (in English 🙂 ). It is wondrous, and can be purchased at the Papaveria press website.
The next two items have been announced on my Livejournal, but not on the official blog, so here goes: my poem “After the Mistress of the Copper Mountain” (dedicated to Shweta Narayan) sold to Fantastique Unfettered, issue 5; and an interview with me about the Queer issue of Stone Telling is up at the Outer Alliance blog (thanks, Julia Rios!). There’s still plenty of time to submit your work, and we would love to consider it!
Last but not least, I now have an author page at the Aqueduct website. Yay! The Moment of Change is scheduled for May 2012.