Meanwhile, the last months of 2014 and the first few months of 2015 brought words in print.
- Fall 2014 issue of Cardinal Sins Journal with my short story "The Six Mutations of Jerome" (which was read by Mykaela Hopps here)
- Menacing Hedge: A Limited Edition Poetry Anthology for AWP 2014 (edited by Kelly Boyker Guillemette) with my poem "Hunter"
- Winter 2014 issue of New Welsh Review with my poem "Little Falls, Arcadia"
- Fast Food Fiction Delivery (edited by Noelle Q. de Jesus and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta and published by Anvil Publishing, Inc.) with my flash fiction "Leviathan"
- the latest issue of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, whose poetry section I lovingly curate and edit, made possible by founding editor Jason Erik Lundberg and the amazing people at Epigram Books
- Fall 2014 issue of Confrontation Magazine with my story "The Wire Mother"
- a copy of the latest issue of South Dakota Review
- The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & The Avant-Garde (edited by Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson and published by Nightboat Books) containing my short essay
- and online, a prose poem piece alongside Thaddeus Rutkowski's for Meg Tuite's Exquisite Duet column in the blog of JMWW
Not too long ago, Adam David wrote an incisive critique of the anthology's textual framing, asking, among other questions, why the loaded term "fast food fiction" was chosen to denote a particular fiction-writing style favored by writers like Jorge Louis Borges and Italo Calvino.
And here's Mike and Anita Allen's gorgeous Mythic Delirium, which contains my long poem "Even in Arcadia."
In December 2014, the eighth volume of the annual Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature was unveiled. I have poems in this issue. I don't have a copy, so I had to take this photo from the Twitter feed of Gabriela Lee, one of the journal's editors.
I also have a story reprinted in this anthology, along with other Filipino writers like Paolo Chikiamco, Dean Francis Alfar, Charles Tan, and Isabel Yap.
A reprinted old piece, "Dark Clocks," is in the January 2015 issue of Eastlit.
And this here is the most recent edition of Spark: A Creative Anthology, which contained my poem "The Day It Rained Stones" and whose companion piece "The Day It Rained Fish and Swallows" was accepted for inclusion in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. The latter anthology is edited by Melissa Tuckey and will come out from the University of Georgia Press in 2016.
Another short fiction piece, this time in Pilgrimage Magazine. It's called "For the Brave Little Toaster and Co.," a tribute to a 1980s American film that I saw on Betamax when I was a kid and whose themes and motifs still figured largely in my writing. I wrote an entire book about mostly talking objects (A Roomful of Machines), have a thing for legacy devices, and am forever in awe of portrayals of animated inanimates in the wake of abandonment (like Toy Story, the intelligent domestic appliances in Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains," the strange obsolete TV in Howard Waldrop's "Mr. Goober's Show," the cognitive/emotional machines in Michael Shaara's "Orphans of the Void," etc.). And please, please if you know of anything similar, do share it with me by leaving a comment so I can also find and enjoy the story, book, or film. "For the Brave Little Toaster and Co." is in my upcoming book The Age of Blight. I hope people who will pick up a copy will enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.