Summer is here, and I can smell it everywhere, especially in the morning—the fragrant mango trees in full bloom, the clean citrusy fragrance of the pomelo tree bearing fruits, the decades-old star apple tree, the marang, the guyabano. During the past few months, I also planted several tree saplings: lanzones, mangosteen, papayas, guavas. All my dogs have grown so big now. Such bliss...
There are lots of exciting things happening on the writing and editing front, too.
The Winter 2014 issue of Amethyst Arsenic I guest-edited with Rosebud Ben-Oni is up and running. I'm grateful to Samantha Milowsky, the journal's publisher and managing editor, for giving me the opportunity to help shape this lovely issue.
The lineup of writers for the second issue of LONTAR can be found here. And while you're at it, please check out the awesome reviews for the first issue and buy a copy or two (or three!). Jason Erik Lundberg (whose book, Strange Mammals, has been praised by The Guardian) and I are reading for the third issue. LONTAR is super gorgeous, pays for accepted work, and is lovingly and professionally curated. So, please send us your stories and poems!
I have several work forthcoming in some really nice places. My story, "The Wire Mother," has been accepted for the Fall 2014 issue of Confrontation Magazine. "The Wire Mother" is a 2,700-word story told from the point of view of the titular wire mother of animal experimenter Harry Harlow.
Another short story, "Chelsea and the Bobo Doll," will be published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn's April 6, 2014 Sunday Stories edition. "Chelsea and the Bobo Doll" is a rendering of the controversial Albert Bandura experiment featuring Bobo dolls and “learned” aggression.
"Pet," which first appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 7, will be reprinted in the anthology Around the World in 80 Science Fiction Stories from Germany-based publishing outfit, Saphir im Stahl. The anthology is edited by Erik Schreiber.
And here are some of my recently published pieces after my last blog entry:
Jelly Bucket 5 contains two of my poems, "Up Close" and "Arnold downloads his virtual muse." This issue also ran features on Kevin Wilson and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, which were particularly engaging.
The voluminous 50th issue of South Dakota Review houses four of my poems, "Blue Shift," "Dollhouse Night," "Eyes Open," and "Loverman slits his throat." Such a spectacular issue featuring creative work by all these writers listed at the journal's back cover:
My subtly sentimental piece "Cape Cod" appears in the ekphrastic poetry webpage of Randolph College’s Maier Museum of Art.
Two of my poems, "The Happiness Bottle" and "The Smug Aquarium," found a wonderful home in Susan Yount’s Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal 2013.
LONTAR and Amethyst Arsenic
Behold the fantastic Sarah and Schooling cover design of the first issue of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction from Math Paper Press. LONTAR is founded and edited by Jason Erik Lundberg.
What a thrill to have a lot of excellent work sent my way for the poetry section. The poems in the first issue are written by Chris Mooney-Singh, Ang Si Min, and Bryan Thao Worra.
Along with the super amazing Rosebud Ben-Oni, I will be guest-editing Amethyst Arsenic's winter 2014 issue. Submission period will run from November 1 to November 30. Amethyst Arsenic is a paying journal. I hope you will consider sending us your poems.
Recently Published Work and Forthcoming Appearances
My story, "The Dogs," will appear on September 20, 2013 at Charlotte Viewpoint. Another story, "Zombie," will be reprinted in the third volume of Uno Kudo, an annual anthology edited by Bud Smith, Aaron Dietz, and Erin McParland. Here's the spectacular back cover art.
Here's the promotional poster listing the author lineup, as well as the issue's video trailer.
The phenomenal Rhys Hughes guest-edited two Ironic Fantastic issues of Sein und Werden. My tiny story, "Preacher Kim," is included in the first issue, while my "Misanthropes" appears in the second volume of Ironic Fantastic.
The author lineup for Ironic Fantastic 2 includes David Edwards, Aliya Whiteley, Sissy Pantelis, Steve Dodd, Trent Walters, Gaurav Monga, Joshua S. Walker, Paulo Brito, Tantra Bensko, Bridget Neate, Jason E. Rolfe, Lou Antonelli, Jonette Stabbert, Rhys Hughes, Fiona Funda Duffin, and David Gerrold, who wrote an episode for Star Trek. To buy through Smashwords, please click here.
"Menu Entry for a Mr. Saunders" is in Painted Bride Quarterly #86 and is reprinted in the massive print annual. A copy can be purchased here.
This is the print edition of Bestiary: the best of the inaugural demi-decade of A cappella Zoo, which is guest-edited by Gina Ochsner. It contains three of my poems, "How Conrad Came Back," "How Conrad Got His Revenge," and "How Conrad Fell in Love." Read the reviews of the anthology at Sabotage Reviews and NewPages. To buy a copy, go here.
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape