The lineup of writers for the first issue of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction made me squeal with delight.
Etching the Lontar | Jason Erik Lundberg (Editorial)
Departures | Kate Osias (Fiction)
Love in the Time of Utopia | Zen Cho (Fiction)
Philippine Magic: A Course Catalogue | Paolo Chikiamco (Non-Fiction)
Jayawarman 9th Remembers the Dragon Archipelago | Chris Mooney-Singh (Poetry)
The Immortal Pharmacist | Ang Si Min (Poetry)
Stainless Steel Nak | Bryan Thao Worra (Poetry)
The Yellow River | Elka Ray Nguyen (Fiction)
The Gambler | Paolo Bacigalupi (Fiction Reprint)
We are now reading for the second issue. Please consider submitting if you have anything that fits the theme of LONTAR. Submission guidelines can be found here.
We Bury the Landscape
Dwarf Stars Award
Got a nice little jolt yesterday after receiving an email notifying me that my short poem was a finalist for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Dwarf Stars Award. I'm not a member of the SFPA. I'm humbled, honored, and grateful each time some SFPA members find my work worthy enough to be nominated several times for the Rhysling Award (2010, 2009, and 2008) and twice for the Dwarf Stars Award (2008 and 2012). I don't know if there's such a thing as getting starstruck by an email, but it can happen. I was very much starstruck, still am, upon receiving the email (notifying me of inclusion to the Dwarf Stars antho) from a Nebula Award winner who writes hard sf and works for NASA.
New work in magazines and journals
The latest issue of Dirtcakes is packed with a diverse mix of literary treats and art, including brilliant work from Mary Stone Dockery and Jennifer Hollie Bowles. The theme of the issue is "Girls Will Be Women," and it features my prose poem "A Novel" and flash fiction "Surgical Addiction."
Popcorn Press, a Wisconsin-based micropublisher, releases my leathery looking 128-page poetry collection.
Grim Series is composed of 86 genre-driven poems. Most of the poems have been previously published. Only two of the eighty-six poems were original to this collection. One poem was accepted by Ruthless Peoples Magazine, which then went on hiatus before the poem was included in an issue. I was hoping that they'd "awaken" because I would love to have something in Ruthless Peoples Magazine. For years, I waited waited waited as I'm really a tenacious sort. I've since then moved on to non-poetry endeavors. So, going back to the book...
The following are early versions of the poems that are included in this collection:
Right now, you can buy Grim Series in either paperback or digital form from:
The ever generous Marge Simon invited me to send her a guest essay for her September column in the newsletter of the Horror Writer's Association. I wrote a short, non-academic piece about my poetry writing "strategy." The essay includes excerpts from Grim Series. So, if you're a member of the HWA (I'm not, so I won't see it except for the tear sheets), then I hope that you'll find it interesting. I'll reprint the essay here at the end of the year. And if you pick up my book, I hope that you will enjoy it. Have a wonderful Sunday!
The Drone Outside
Meditations of a Beast
Age of Blight
A Roomful of Machines
We Bury the Landscape