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2016 Awards Eligibility

With the Nebulas now open for nominations, SFFH awards season has officially arrived. A.C. Wise has a fantastic meta post of awards eligibility posts and links to reviewers; in it, she reiterates the importance of art even—especially—in these times: “[T]he art we make is important. Stories are important. So as award season gets under way and 2016 comes to an end, it’s a perfect time to look back and celebrate what you’ve accomplished over the year, as well as celebrating the works you loved.”

I’ve had a number of things come out this year. The first awards eligibility I’ll mention is that I am in my first year of eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Next are my individual works for this year:

Chimera” by Gu Shi (Clarkesworld, March 2016) is a translation that Ken Liu and I worked on together. It’s a complex story that explores family and bioethics through parents desperate enough to save their son that they create the first viable human–pig chimera. But their experimentation comes at a cost… Eligible novella for the Nebula and the Hugo.

Her Sacred Spirit Soars” (Strange Horizons, July 2016: Our Queer Planet) is a story about love and loss, about caring for yourself and others; it’s also about symbiotic mythological creatures and a human–bird body swap. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.

Th Fifth Lttr” (Daily Science Fiction, September 12, 2016) is a linguistic dystopia, a story about the power of language and resistance to tyranny. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.

“Someone’s Checking You Out Right Now!” (Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures, October 2016 from DefCon One Publishing) is a story told as an OKCupid profile of a lonely jiangshi, or Chinese zombie/vampire. Eligible short story for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award.

The Lies You Learned” (Liminality, March 2016) is about the oppression we internalize, the twisted relationships that we justify. Eligible long poem for the Rhysling Award.

Children of the Geese” (Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, July 2016) is my anti-love letter to geese and how terrifying they are. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling Award.

Parallax” (inkscrawl, August 2016) is a tiny poem about space. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling and Dwarf Star awards.

肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea)” (Uncanny, September 2016) is my ode to food and friendship. Eligible short poem for the Rhysling.

My narration of “Just a Little Spice Will Do by Andrew Wilmot (GlitterShip, May 2016) is eligible for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) [SCS] for the Parsec Awards.

My narration of “The Gold Silkworm” by Tony Pi (PodCastle, July 2016) is also eligible for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form) [SCS] for the Parsec Awards.

Aaand… that’s it, I think! Wow, I did a lot in 2016. Many thanks to everyone who’s supported me and made all this possible ♥!

September Updates

MidAmeriCon II was a delight; it was wonderful to meet people I’d only known online and get in touch with new contacts. Thanks to Con or Bust for funding my travel and stay! Please consider supporting them so they can get more fans of color out to conventions.

Strange Horizons published my short story “Her Sacred Spirit Soars” in their July special Our Queer Planet; a podcast narrated by Anaea Lay is also available. In August, my poem “Children of the Geese” was published in Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, and my poem “Parallax” was published in inkscrawl 10.

Uncanny Issue 12 CoverSeptember Poetry

Star anise floats in the night-sea of meat bone tea,
backed by the cloud-flower shapes of lingusticum.

Issue 12 of Uncanny features my poem “肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea),” read by the wonderful Amal El-Mohtar. This poem is dedicated to Jaymee Goh, who inspired me with her friendship and delicious home-made bak kut teh. It’s the perfect treat for our upcoming fall weather.

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Coming Soon

I’ve just received the final proofs for Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures, edited by Jeremy Zimmerman and Dawn Vogel, forthcoming from Mad Scientist Journal. The book should be available toward the end of September or early October; I’ll send order information out as soon as I have it.

I also have fiction forthcoming from Daily Science Fiction and GlitterShip, as well as a poem forthcoming from Strange Horizons—more information on those and upcoming projects as their release dates near.

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Sales, releases, and TOC announcements!

Lots has been going on recently!

My review of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is now available in the April 2016 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Print issues are $5 each; electronic issues are $3 each.

My review of Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl, Vol. 1 by Jennifer Cruté in the October 2015 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone is now free to read online. Look for it on page 18!

I’ve sold my flash fiction piece “Th Fifth Lttr” to Daily Science Fiction! This piece is written in first person plural past tense without the letter E—it was a fun challenge.

I’ve also sold my flash fiction piece “Someone’s Checking You Out Right Now!” to Mad Scientist Journal‘s anthology Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures, scheduled for release in September. This piece is in the style of an OKCupid profile, written from the point of view of a lonely jiangshi. The table of contents for the anthology has just been released; the titles of all the stories look super exciting!

And finally, I’ve sold my poem “肉骨茶 (Meat Bone Tea)” to Uncanny, one of my absolute favorite magazines! I’m so excited; this poem is about friendship and food and is written in the style of Chinese classical poetry, albeit without a translation of the prosodic constraints. That experiment is for another day 😄

I’m so thankful for all this great news. 💖 I have a lot more submissions still out, so here’s to hoping I’ll have more updates soon. 😊

Clarion West Class of 2016!

Clarion West logo

I’m so honored to be a part of the Clarion West class of 2016! I’ve already started chatting with classmates on Twitter, and I can tell it’s going to be a great experience. Seattle is gorgeous, and I’m ready to learn, make new friends, and work hard. 😄

I’ve also been happy with the diversity of my class—I’m not the only nonbinary/trans person, not the only disabled person, not the only person of color (far from it!). Having a diverse group makes me feel like I can breathe out a sigh of relief, as I always feel safer in more diverse spaces than less diverse ones.

I’ve been thinking too about my previous study abroad experiences. While Seattle doesn’t count as “abroad” for me (though it will for others—another aspect of diversity in my class!), it’s still going to be a home away from home for six weeks, filled not only with fun, but also with pressure. When I did study abroad programs in undergrad, I always burned out and broke down from overexertion and a lack of self-care. But I’m hoping to prevent that this time around and to reach out, both for my own sake and to help support others.

As I wrote in my personal statement, “I would love to see everyone succeed and would do my best to help others, whether that’s through helping them with self-care or with thoughtful critiques.” And I intend to commit to that. The camaraderie of Clarion West is perhaps the aspect I’m most excited about—while it’s scary to me, a shy introvert, to put myself out there to strangers, it’ll be worth it.

After I announced my acceptance on Twitter, Evan Mallon, a Clarion 2015 graduate, offered me a bit of advice:

I’ve been reflecting on that. The writing, the instructors; they’re only a part of the experience. From what I’ve seen of Clarion and Clarion West graduates, the relationships between students in your cohort are what last.

So here’s to overcoming my fear of new situations with kindness and compassion, with patience and love. I can’t wait for Clarion West (83 more days!) and to meet everyone in person. 💖