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My poem "The Golem of the Gravestones" has sold to Uncanny Magazine. It's one of the few poems I've written since the election. I wish the events that inspired the poem had not happened, but I am very happy Uncanny will be publishing it.
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My day began with two excellent things. The first: Charles Payseur's in-depth review of the latest Mithila Review, which includes my poem "family (a form somehow must)."

The second: My finalized WisCon schedule!

This Genre Kills Fascists
Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm
Capitol B
Gwynne Garfinkle (moderator), ANONYMOUS, Alexis Lothian, Victor J. Raymond
Let's dig into the history, the present, and the future of genre fiction as resistance texts. The uses of genre conventions to speak out in ways that would be dangerous if stated baldly in a realist or non-fiction text, the power of imagining a way forward, the issuing of warnings, the rallying cries. The epitaphs and the freedom songs. The voices that endure and the voices that are needed.


Fanfic, Retcon, and Zombies, Oh My!
Sat, 9:00-10:15 pm
University B
Carrie Pruett (moderator), Gwynne Garfinkle, KJ, Victoria Janssen
Let's talk about what happens in the murky territories where fanfic meets original works. Do writings that use original works in the public domain—modern-day Sherlock Holmes characters, zombies in Jane Austen's worlds—count as fanfic? When a series gets unwieldy or unpopular, it can be rebooted or rewritten with different parameters: maybe a character comes back to life, changes gender, or gets a new backstory. Are there differences between retcon and fix-it fic, other than who owns the copyright?


Personal Demons
Sun, 10:00-11:15 am
Conference 4
Carol Anne Douglas, Gwynne Garfinkle, Cath Schaff-Stump , LaShawn M. Wanak
What haunts us, what scares us, what makes us tick. Works that deal with metaphorical and actual demons.


When the Monster Isn't the Monster
Sun, 4:00-5:15 pm
University C
William Paimon (moderator), Gwynne Garfinkle, Leigh Hellmann
Science fiction and horror have always displayed a unique ability to play with allegory and metaphor by making monsters. Sometimes, though, the monster is more than just a flesh and blood (or protoplasm) villain to be defeated. As these genres have had a resurgence over the past few years, high concept genre work has undergone something of a renaissance. From big screen successes like The Babadook, It Follows, and The Witch, to television like Jessica Jones and Mr. Robot, science fiction and horror are finding commercial and critical success by having something to say again. Let's talk about what we loved in works with horrors that are more than meet the eye, note where they fell flat, and share hidden gems we might not have run into yet.
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My "weird Brady Bunch" poem, "family (a form somehow must)," is up at the new issue of the Mithila Review. There's audio of me reading the poem, as well. The issue focuses on visual arts, and it looks beautiful.

Just as I had begun to post about the above, it was announced that the U.S. has dropped a giant bomb in Afghanistan, I assume because our so-called president wanted another jolt of accolades like he got after bombing Syria. I am horrified; I also feel very tired.

(This is the first Dreamwidth post that I will not be cross-posting to LiveJournal. I still haven't deleted my LJ, but I will once I've resolved some import issues.)
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I'm pleased to announce that my poem "ode to Dwight Frye" will appear in Strange Horizons, one of my favorite publications.

Also, Charles Payseur has reviewed the "Animals" issue of Lackington's, and he had some very nice things to say about the issue, including my story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone."

I'd been without internet (aside from my smartphone) and landline since Tuesday morning. My service provider completely dropped the ball, so now I've switched providers. The only good thing about having less access to the internet was a slightly lower daily Trump quotient, but I'm still very relieved to have it back.
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My poem "family (a form somehow must)" (my "weird Brady Bunch" poem) will appear in the April issue of the beautiful Mithila Review. It's my first sale to this publication, as well as my first writing sale of the new year, and I'm very pleased about it.

Meanwhile, this morning the GOP caved to public pressure and reversed its attempt to gut its independent ethics office. It's just one battle, but a heartening development nonetheless. In this uncertain time, I am all for heartening developments.
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I thought this was coming out in 2017, but here is my poem "The Last Word" (an homage to Colin Clive) in the winter issue of Kaleidotrope.

It feels good to see the year out with the publication of a monster movie poem, despite the dread of Looming Trump.

Also, it is Patti Smith's 70th birthday. I am deeply grateful for Patti's continued presence in the world. Seeing her perform at the Hollywood Bowl in October (so long ago, it seems!) with Lyman was one of the highlights of my year.
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short fiction

"The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone" in Lackington's issue 12 (Fall 2016)


poetry

"Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm" (reprint; originally published in Aberrant Dreams) in Angels of the Meanwhile

"Poetess Strikes Again" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2016)

"song for Mary Henry" in Through the Gate (June 28 2016)

"Champagne Ivy" in Mythic Delirium (3.2, Oct.-Dec. 2016)

"Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 4, October 2016)

"People Change: A Love Story" and "Linda Blair Pantoum" (plus an interview in Postscripts to Darkness (November 6 2016)

"The Last Word" in Kaleidotrope (Winter 2017, but published December 2016)
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My poetry feature is up at Postscripts to Darkness. It includes two poems ("People Change: A Love Story," beautifully illustrated by Carrion House, and "Linda Blair Pantoum"), plus an interview I did with Sean Moreland, in which I talk about, among other things, poetry and horror movies and poetry about horror movies.

The election is tomorrow. I am veering wildly between apprehension and cautious optimism.
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My poem "Champagne Ivy," inspired by Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 film of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is now live at Mythic Delirium.

Here are a couple of terrific interviews with two of my favorite writers: Marilyn Hacker on Moving Between Poetry and Translation and Interview with Dodie Bellamy.
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My poem "Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" appears in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. The issue also includes poetry by [personal profile] sovay and an essay by L. Timmel Duchamp on Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick.

Also, the April 2016 issue of CSZ is now available as a free PDF; it includes my poem "Poetess Strikes Again."

I'm delighted that my poems "People Change: A Love Story" and "Linda Blair Pantoum" will appear in Postscripts to Darkness. They (like "Una O'Connor") are part of my horror movie poetry project.

It actually rained in Los Angeles last night. I woke up during the night, and it took me a couple of minutes to register what the "water dripping" sound signified. (I guess it's been awhile since we've had any rain.)

Here, have a clip of Una O'Connor unleashing her scream in The Invisible Man.
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The autumn issue of Mythic Delirium is here. It includes my poem "Champagne Ivy," inspired by Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 film of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (available now to subscribers, and online in November).

I am happy it is October, in spite of this terrifying election season. Here, have a guide to TCM's October horror offerings.
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My poem "Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone. The poem is a tribute to the character actress, who appeared in many films, but perhaps most memorably in The Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. As I recall, I sold a poem last Labor Day as well. I would be fine with this becoming a tradition.
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So I sold a story and a poem in the past week--both of them first-time sales to publications I greatly admire. The poem, "song for Mary Henry" (inspired by Carnival of Souls), is now online at Through the Gate.

The story, "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," will appear later this year in the "Animals" issue of Lackington's.

Readercon is next week!
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My poem "song for Mary Henry" (inspired by Carnival of Souls) will appear in Through the Gate. The poem is part of my ongoing classic film/TV/pop culture poetry project.

Meanwhile, Readercon is in two weeks!
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My poem about Colin Clive, "The Last Word," will appear in a future issue of Kaleidotrope. The poem is part of my ongoing classic film/TV/pop culture poetry project.

Meanwhile, WisCon starts at the end of the week, and I have So Much To Do!
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My poem "Poetess Strikes Again" is in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. (Just last week I saw Sylvia Plath referred to as a "poetess" in a BUST.com headline, so the word poetess indeed keeps striking again!) The issue also includes poetry by Sonya Taaffe and Neile Graham, along with an essay by Julie Phillips on the James Tiptree Jr.-Joanna Russ-Ursula Le Guin correspondence.

Also, the benefit anthology Angels of the Meanwhile: Poetry and Prose in Support of Pope Lizbet, edited by Alexandra Erin, is available for purchase. It includes my poem "Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm" (originally published in Aberrant Dreams but no longer available there), as well as work by Ellen Kushner, Lisa M. Bradley, Dominik Parisien, Sonya Taaffe, Virginia M. Mohlere, Bogi Takács, Rose Lemberg, Mike Allen, and many others.
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I am in the midst of the moroseness that is Doing My Taxes, but my poem "Poetess Strikes Again" will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone. It's my first poetry sale of the year. The poem was inspired by my indignation at an article in The Daily Beast that called Sappho a poetess. When, soon after that, I saw a TCM synopsis for The Barretts of Wimpole Street that dubbed Elizabeth Barrett Browning "an invalid poetess," I commented, "Poetess strikes again!", whereupon [personal profile] sovay suggested I write a poem with that title.
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It is the first Henna Day of 2016, and since we've in the midst of LA winter (i.e., a high temperature of 60 degrees today), I'm a bit cold with the henna on my hair. We had massive rain last week, which we really needed. Fortunately my windows stayed dry.

Yesterday Mythic Delirium Volume Two showed up in the mail, featuring my poem "It's a Universal Picture" and work by Sonya Taaffe, Virginia M. Mohlere, Rose Lemberg, Dominik Parisien, Shveta Thakrar, and many other terrific writers. Plus the cover art is gorgeous.

I've been reading The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was one of the books I most enjoyed last year; this one is utterly delightful and makes it clear I need to read all of Karen Joy Fowler.

Last night I watched Phase IV (1974) on TCM. It's a movie about ants plotting to take over the world, directed by Saul Bass. It's visually stunning (though the plethora of ant closeups wigged me out) and deeply weird. It was also weird to see Michael Murphy (who I knew best from movies like Manhattan and The Front) playing an ant-battling mathematician. I think I might need to see it again.
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My poem "Dorothy's Prayer" is online at inkscrawl. The issue includes poems by Sonya Taaffe, Mat Joiner, Jaymee Goh, M Sereno, and many others. "Dorothy's Prayer" is an acrostic of sorts ("cyclone," the acrostic word, runs through the center of the poem instead of beginning the lines). The issue's theme is Atypical Weather, and I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing!
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My poem "Champagne Ivy" has been accepted by Mythic Delirium. The poem was inspired by the 1931 film of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Rouben Mamoulian.

We finally have achieved autumn in Los Angeles. It pleases me no end that it's only supposed to get to 65 degrees F today (and temperatures are supposed to stay below 80 in the extended forecast). I may make pumpkin bread to celebrate.

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