The Four Profound Weaves
Published September 1st 2020 by Tachyon Publications.
2021 Nebula Award Finalist
2021 Ignyte Award Finalist
2021 Locus Award Finalist
The Surun’ do not speak of the master weaver, Benesret, who creates the cloth of bone for assassins in the Great Burri Desert. But Uiziya now seeks her aunt Benesret in order to learn the final weave, although the price for knowledge may be far too dear to pay.
Among the Khana, women travel in caravans to trade, while men remain in the inner quarter as scholars. A nameless man struggles to embody Khana masculinity, after many years of performing the life of a woman, trader, wife, and grandmother.
As the past catches up to the nameless man, he must choose between the life he dreamed of and Uiziya, and Uiziya must discover how to challenge a tyrant, and weave from deaths that matter.
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Marginalia to Stone Bird
Published January 1st 2016 by Aqueduct Press
In this powerful debut collection, Rannu Award-winning poet Rose Lemberg explores the deep-rooted fluidity of gender, tradition, language, and desire in landscapes as familiar as high fantasy and as foreign as San Francisco. Written in the voices of immigrants, shape-changers, sentient ships in a distant future and heroes of a mythic past, her poems inhabit a fragile, vital space of complex identity and story as a conscious act, stubbornly urging the reader’s attention toward the marginal, the liminal, and the unheard–a firebird cautioned to burn less brightly, a ghost-child ignored by the gods, a lover laying a road of words for a beloved to follow. By turns devastating and deeply hopeful, Marginalia to Stone Bird writes a fearless commentary on our history and others.
In their debut collection, Lemberg summons elements of speculative fiction to capture a world in which everything is in motion, yet remains guided by language: a song can lead the way in darkness, writing can be a portal from one world to the next, and it’s possible to know an incantation “to make the stars unfold/ their arms of ghostly vapor.
— Publishers Weekly
Climbing Lightly through Forests: A Poetry Anthology Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin
Co-edited with Lisa M. Bradley. Published February 1st 2021 by Aqueduct Press
Ursula K. Le Guin, celebrated for her speculative fiction, was also a prolific poet. Although poetry framed Le Guin’s life, her poetic oeuvre never garnered the same acclaim as her fiction. Distinct from the cosmic worldbuilding of her science fiction and fantasy, Le Guin’s poems were “smaller scale, more intimate, more fragile.”
As a tribute anthology, Climbing Lightly Through Forests hosts multiple conversations: poets respond to Ursula K. Le Guin, her work, or their own reactions to Le Guin or her work; editors Lemberg and Bradley put the poets in conversation with each other and with readers. Poets from around the world (including Greece, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, the UK, Australia, Canada, and the United States) contribute perspectives that both honor and challenge Le Guin’s legacy. In addition, Lemberg, a Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow, provides a retrospective essay analyzing Le Guin’s nine full-length poetry collections.
An Alphabet of Embers
Published May 12th 2016 by Stone Bird Press
An Alphabet of Embers is an anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose. It lives in a place between darkness and sound, between roads and breaths, its pages taut with starlight; between its covers, words talk to each other, and have an occasional cup of tea.
Here, We Cross: a collection of queer and genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1-7
Published January 1st 2016 by Aqueduct Press
STONE TELLING is a poetry magazine seeking to publish speculative poems with a strong emotional core and a literary sensibility. It is edited by Rose Lemberg and Shweta Narayan.
“Here, We Cross” collects twenty-two queer and genderfluid poems from the digital pages of Stone Telling magazine. This chapbook is a celebration of speculative poetry that is diverse and varied; here you will find poems with speakers or protagonists who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, genderqueer, trans*, asexual, and neutrois; speakers who struggle with the body and the society’s imposed readings of that body. It is a painful book, a triumphant book, full of works that soar and breathe and live. Just like us.
“To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2020
“These are the attributes by which you shall know God” in GlitterShip, edited by Keffy M. Kehrli, March 2019
“How to Remember to Forget to Remember the Old War” reprinted in the Sunspot Jungle anthology, Vol.1 from Rosarium Press, February 2019
“The Book of Seed and the Abyss,” (Birdverse/Kabbalah), Patreon original, March 2018
“The Splendid Goat Adventure,” (Birdverse short story, Patreon original), reprinted in Transcendent 3, Best Transgender Fiction of 2017.
“The Book of How to Live,” reprinted in Best of Beneath Ceaseles Skies vol. 10.
“How to Remember to Forget to Remember the Old War” (podcast and reprint), Glittership, April 2017
RETRYING, Daily Science Fiction, 2017
“A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” (Birdverse novella,) Beneath Ceaseless Skies, July 2017
“The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar” (Birdverse short story), Uncanny, January 2016
“The Book of How to Live,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Birdverse novelette), September 2016
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” (reprint), Heiresses of Russ, best lesbian SFF of 2015, ed. by A.M. Dellamonica and Steve Berman, 2016
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” (reprint), The Long List Anthology, ed. David Steffen, 2016
“How to Remember to Forget to Remember the Old War,” Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed, June 2015. Honorable mention in Year’s Best SF, Gardner Dozois, ed.
“The Shapes of Us, Translucent to your Eye,” Journal of Unlikely Academia/Unlikely Story, 2015
“Seven Losses of Na Re” (reprint), Sisters of the Revolution, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (PM Press), 2015
“Seven Losses of Na Re,” (podcast), to appear in Drabblecast, 2015
“These are the roads that loop and entwine me,” Bahamut, 2015
“Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” (Birdverse novelette), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, June 2015
“Geometries of Belonging,” (Birdverse novelette), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2015 – Honorable mention in Year’s Best SF, Gardner Dozois, ed.
“Theories of Pain” (reprint), The Humanity of Monsters, edited by Michael Matheson, Chizine Press, 2015
“Stalemate” (podcast), in GlitterShip, May 2015
“A City on its Tentacles,” Lackington’s Magazine #1 (with art by Galen Dara!)
“Giant” (audio reprint), Toasted Cake.
“No Longer Lacking an Onion,” Goldfish Grimm 19
“Stalemate,” Lackington’s Magazine #4
“Teffeu: A Book from the Library at Taarona,” Strange Horizons, 2013
“Theories of Pain,” Daily Science Fiction, 2013
“Held Close in Syllables of Light (reprint), in Best of BCS, Year 4, 2013
Las siete pérdidas de Na Re (Spanish Translation of Seven Losses of Na Re) at Cuentos Para Algernon, April 2013.
“Geddarien” (reprint), Journal of Unlikely Architecture, 2013
“Seven Losses of Na Re,” Daily Science Fiction (May 2012).
“Held close in syllables of light,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2011)
“Giant,” Not One of Us 45 (October 2011)
“A Mother Goes Between,” Jabberwocky 6 (July 2011), honorably mentioned in Best Horror of the Year, ed. Ellen Datlow.
“Geddarien” (reprint): People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace, Prime Books (2010).
“Kifli” – Strange Horizons, June 2010
“Imperfect Verse” – GUD Magazine issue 5, Winter 2010
“Geddarien”– Fantasy Magazine, December 2008, honorably mentioned in the Year’s Best SF, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2008
“To Find Home Again” – Warrior Wisewoman anthology, June 2008 (Norilana Press).
“Eating Disorder’ does not begin to describe it,” Disabled People Destroy Fantasy, Uncanny Magazine, 2019
“Medusa,” Fireside Magazine, 2019
“Insomnia,” forthcoming, Glittership, 2019
“archival testimony fragments/minersong” reprinted in Best of Uncanny Magazine from Subterranean Press, 2019
“The Fear Tree,” The Sycorax Journal, 2018
“Divinatory,” The Sycorax Journal, 2018
“core/debris/core,” Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine, 2018
“Pollen,” Mithila Review, 2017
“Domovoi,” Uncanny Magazine, 2017
“The Repository,” The Cascadia Subduction Zone, 2017
Marginalia to Stone Bird, poetry collection (Aqueduct) (Amazon), 2016
“Ranra’s Unbalancing,” Strange Horizons. 1st place, Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll, 2015
“Three Principles of Strong Building,” Strange Horizons, 2015
“The Rotten Leaf Cantata” (reprint), Queers Destroy Horror! special issue of Lightspeed, 2015
“A Riddler at Market,” Uncanny, 2015
“Long Shadow,” Strange Horizons. 2nd place, Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll. Rhysling Award nominee, 2015
“Love me, Love my Belly,” Love Me, Love My Belly II, Porkbelly Press, 2015
“Scatter and Return,” Cascadia Subduction Zone, 2015
“Archival Testimony Fragments/Minersong,” Uncanny, issue 2. Locus Recommended Reading List; Honorable mention in Year’s Best SF, Gardner Dozois, ed. Rhysling award nominee, 2015
“The Three Immigrations” (reprint), How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens (URB Press), 2015
“The Law of Germinating Seeds,” Goblin Fruit Fall 2014
“The Mikveh of Past Meanings,” Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History, edited by Claire Trévien and Gareth Prior, 2014
“Peregrinations in Change and Fear,” Poems for the Queer Revolution, 2014
“The rivers, the birchgroves, all the receding earth,” Strange Horizons, 4th place, Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll, 2014
“Salamander Song,” with music by Emily Jiang, Strange Horizons, 2nd place, Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll, 2014
“After the Mistress of the Copper Mountain,” Through the Gate 5, 2014
“Earth Map,” Mythic Delirium, 2014
“Dualities,” Mythic Delirium, October 2014 Rhysling Award Nominee, 2014
“Baba Yaga Tries to Donate Money,” Apex, 2014
“Landwork,” Goblin Fruit. Rhysling Award Nominee, 2014
“The Rotten Leaf Cantata,” Strange Horizons, 2014
“The Journeymaker, Climbing,” Goblin Fruit, Winter 2013. Dwarf Stars nominee
“The Journeymaker to Keddar,” Goblin Fruit, Winter 2013
“לכבוד אַ סטרונע (Lekoved a Strune)“, Through the Gate 2, 2013
“Bone Shadows,” Interfictions Online, issue 1, 2013
“I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Niyaz,” Goblin Fruit, Summer 2013. Rhysling Award nominee. THIRD PLACE winner in the long poetry category.
“Resh,” Through the Gate, 5, 2013
“Where the ocean falls into itself,” Apex Magazine, 2013
“Between the Mountain and the Moon,” Strange Horizons. Rhysling award nominee, and winner of the Strange Horizons Readers Poll. 2013.
“A Body that is Bold to Come,” Goblin Fruit, Fall 2012
“The Three Immigrations,” Strange Horizons, second place in the Strange Horizons Readers Poll, 2013
“Plucked from the horo”, Mythic Delirium 27, 2012
“The Journeymaker in Kestai,” Mythic Delirium 26, 2012
“If all of her would turn into bees,” Through the Gate 1, 201
“Reap the Whirlwind,” Jabberwocky 5, 2011
“Strong as Salt,” Goblin Fruit Winter 2011
“Three Bone Masks“, Goblin Fruit Winter 2011
“Kytgy and Kunlelo,” Cabinet des Fees 2011
“Thirteen Principles of Faith,” Apex April 2011
“The Tenured Faculty Meets to Discuss the Moon’s Campus Visit,” Mythic Delirium 25, 2011
“If I had reb Yoel’s violin,” inkscrawl #1, honorably mentioned in Best Horror of the Year, ed. Ellen Datlow, 2011
“In the Third Cycle,” Strange Horizons – winner of the Rannu competition, 2011; Rhysling Award nominee, 2012; Winner, Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll, 2012, 2011
“Whale on the Roof,” GUD 6, 2010
“Skinning the Slippery Stars,” Star*line March 2010, 2010
“Marginalia to Stone Bird,” Labyrinth Inhabitant issue 9, 2010
“Fireflies and Thunderstorms,” Mythic Delirium 22, 2010
“Walrus,” Trapeze Magazine, August 2010, to be reprinted in the Dwarf Stars anthology
“Love’s Ecology,” Apex, October 2010
“Twin-Born“, Goblin Fruit Fall 2010. Rhysling Award nominee, 2011
“Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune,” Bull Spec 4, Dec 2010
“Burns at Both Ends” – Star*line Jan/Feb ’09. Reprinted in the Dwarf Stars anthology, 2010.
“To a Skylark” – GUD, issue 4, Spring ’09
“A Horse From the Merry-Go-Round,” Goblin Fruit, Winter 2009
“Juvaini’s History,” Jabberwocky 4, 2009
“Godfather Death,” Goblin Fruit Fall ’09, Rhysling Award nominee, 2010.
“The Dragonfeeder’s Lament” – Star*line, March 2008
“Hope” – The Sigurd Journal, June 2008
“Odysseus on the War Train” – Abyss & Apex, July 2008. Rhysling Award nominee, 2009
“Two Births of a Bird Shaman” – Mythic Delirium 19, Fall 2008
“Insomnia” – Goblin Fruit, Fall 2008
“A Living City” – Star*line Nov/Dec 2008