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Much-Belated Summer 2016 Publications Round-Up:
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"XX/XY," Mythic Delirium, June 2016

"Jellyfish / Out of Water," Liminality, Issue 8.

"Augur Effect," Spelling the Hours, Stone Bird Press, July 2016.

"Sargasso Sea," Remixt Magazine (forthcoming)

"Widening Gyre," [Title TBA], Beautiful Dragons Press (forthcoming)


An update on my present location, too, which I may or may not have mentioned: I moved from Boston to Albuquerque in July. I'm now working for the Honors College at University of New Mexico. I plan on making a locked post to explain some of the reasons for this drastic geographic shift. I've been in transition due to some more upheaval, about which some of you already know. Thanks for your patience. I've kept up with my just-ended reading period at Strange Horizons without disruption, so I'll be posting my acceptances here.

HIDDEN YOUTH anthology Kickstarter has 5 days left!
(My fellowship/MFA program ended a few days ago, so I'm attempting to catch up on everything I've semi-neglected online.)

Please consider contributing to the Hidden Youth anthology Kickstarter, especially if you enjoyed the volume that preceded it (Long Hidden). At 62%-funded, this really does look achievable; Crossed Genres is fiercely committed to diversity of editors, writers, and characters alike. Most of the contribution tiers will get you both a print copy and the e-book! Pre-order now and make this a reality.

Strange Horizons Queer Planet Poetry Acceptances:
Le Mont
"Duck Dance, Two-Step," by Halee Kirkwood
"eve (and adam)," by Njemile
"Interview With a 22nd-Century Sex Worker," by Darren Lipman
"Odessa," by Marina Berlin
"A Mergirl Speaks of Travels," by Michelle Vider
"Stone Heart," by Omar Sakr
"The Sparrows in Her Hair," by Hester J. Rook
"Sawa," by Karolina Fedyk

Fingernail-Hold On Reality
I've updated my previous post with links to the pieces that were previously forthcoming.  There's new poetry to be had now, in link form.  Two are books (anthologies) that you can buy!

I'm two weeks into the final course requirements of this Teaching Fellowship / MFA Program, and I can honestly say I haven't had this much work since I was an undergraduate at Wellesley.  15 in-class hours per week (2 classes that meet twice a week each, back to back in the same classroom), 200-300 pages of reading per week, and already more mini-papers and in-class writing sessions (plus two presentations and two longer papers to come, all by June 30th) than I can count.  I can see why a three-semester MFA has advantages over a traditional four-to-six-semester MFA program, but between June 1st and June 30th, I'm being run ragged.

I use Twitter a lot more these days than I used to.  I think I've finally figured out how to be a useful, if not interesting, tweeter.  Or at least I hope I am.  There was a time when I used to update this blog religiously (i.e. back when I was an undergraduate, and even a little ways into my first go-round in graduate school), but I seriously think I forget how to be a useful blogger.  If I were to resurrect this blog once my term here at BU is up, what kinds of topics would you like to see me cover?  As many of you know, I'm best at blogging when I have questions to answer.  Otherwise, I just don't know what to talk about because there is, literally, too much to talk about.

(And it pains me that I don't feel safe talking specifically on social media right now about what's going on in my life.  Many of you know how difficult it's been since March, but private discourse is the best I can do for now.)

Recent Publications & Forthcoming Stuff:
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"Red Wire," "Monsters," and "Slipknot" (reprints); Tiny Moments, ed. David Pring-Mill, March 2016

"Plague Year," Barking Sycamores: Year One, ed. V. Solomon Maday and N.I. Nicholson, Spring 2016

"Outbound," "Oblivious," and "The Calm Before"; Belmont Story Review, Spring 2016

"XX/XY," Mythic Delirium, June 2016

"Jellyfish" and "Out of Water," Liminality (forthcoming 2016)

"Augur Effect," Spelling the Hours, Stone Bird Press (forthcoming 2016)


I've been completely remiss in posting here during the course of this Fellowship / MFA year; what I had underestimated is exactly how busy busy would mean. Keeping up with teaching, course-work, Strange Horizons, and Patreon (plus a few other things that mean a lot to me) are about all I've been able to manage. Thanks for your patience!

My 2016 Rhysling-Eligible Poems (Pub. in 2015):
"Bone-­House," Liminality #4, Summer 2015 (LINK TO POEM)

Poem Trilogy: "Red Wire," "Monsters," and "Slipknot"; SWAMP #17, September 2015 (LINK TO POEMS)

"Transition Metal," My Dear Watson: The Very Elements of Poetry, Beautiful Dragons Press, November 2015

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Strange Horizons Poetry Acceptances Oct. 1st - Nov. 30th:
"Death by Three Senses," by Lev Mirov
"Minions," by Bryan Thao Worra
"Neither/Nor," by Alleliah Nuguid
"Lady Agnes," by Carlene Kucharczyk
"Agadez Love Stories," by Annette Frost
"Little Red Cap," by Christina Im
"Propagation," by Layla Al-Bedawi
"Exchange," by Anne Carly Abad
"Plesiosauria," by D. Eric Parkison
"The Fantasy of Hans Christian Andersen," by KH van Berkum
"The Elder," by Matthew Porto
"Gloves," by Lisa Rosinsky
"The Hawk-Woman's Prophecy," by Kavitha Rath
"Heavenly Bodies / Terra Firma," by Jane Crowley
"Eating Verse," by Akua Lezli Hope

Belated October / Commence November
The three new poems I'd mentioned are now live in SWAMP Issue #17, along with work from a colleague of mine, Matthew Porto.  Please do support this fantastic Australia-based MFA journal!

I'm well aware that November heralds the arrival of NaNoWriMo.  I've by now had so many people ask if I'm participating that I feel compelled to make a public answer: no, not in the traditional sense.  My goal isn't to write a novel this month, but to write a poem a day (if I can manage it; the MFA program has me writing so much more verse at a baseline than ever before that kicking production up a notch even from several poems a week may prove stressful).  If you're a pledger over at my Patreon, you will have access to these locked drafts as they come; I've just posted the first one.

Letters from the front-lines of MFA Land
As many of you know via my Patreon page, I'm currently a Teaching Fellow and MFA (Creative Writing: Poetry) Candidate at Boston University. I had meant to start blogging more faithfully here once classes started, but the truth of the matter is, four weeks in, I'm completely swamped with work (and therefore completely exhausted). I'm not sure why I found blogging while I was in grad school the first time around in the UK so much easier; my archives on this account are full of personal-essay-like stories of my years discovering England. I'd like to think I have such things to say about Boston, as I've only been back here for a few years now (only to be leaving for England again next summer), but it somehow feels like too-familiar ground. My love letters to Boston are much further back in the archive of this journal, as I wrote them while I was an undergraduate at Wellesley.

My classes started on August 27th. This semester, I'm taking the two core Poetry Workshops (one with Robert Pinsky, one with Karl Kirchwey) plus a course in Creative Nonfiction (taught by Bill Loizeaux). I won't be teaching undergraduates till the spring, so I've had some time to mess around with one of my former UK teaching syllabuses in order to make it functional in a Creative Writing context (the reading selections in poetry, fiction, and drama, I'm pleased with, so those will change very little). I've missed teaching a great deal. My class size here won't be much different from the class sizes I had at York, so that's also reassuring.

I've been remiss in sending out submissions, too, although I did sell three poems to SWAMP; I think those will be coming out in October, so watch this space. I have maybe two submissions out with other journals at the moment, but they aren't journals in my usual milieu by any stretch. They're journals with which I've traditionally had as little luck as anyone else in the SF/F/Spec community, but it's high time I tried them again.

I'm finding more time to read things (that aren't poetry) just for the sake of reading again, which is a pleasure I'd left by the wayside some time ago. I demolished this 534-page book in 48 hours, and that's on top of the intense class-work schedule in which I'm currently enmeshed. Whether you're autistic or not, read it. I haven't read anything so compellingly informative in years. In the meantime, I'm tweeting a lot. Come say hi.

This went live last night, and I'm very grateful to WU:
Wellesley Writes It: An Interview With Poet / Editor A.J. Odasso '05