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And the War is Never Over

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This poem had been building for quite some time. I’ve been volunteering with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center since 2007; I’m a community education volunteer and a survivor speaker. In the former role, I’ve been doing a lot of work within my local community and the greater SF/F community regarding sexual violence. It’s been […]

Where We Died

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This one, I remember writing. It’s a shadow of sorts of my first published short story, “The Angel of Fremont Street”. It draws from the same inciting incident – but instead of an examination of the years beyond, “Where We Died” is a snapshot, one few-second slice of a life right before everything changes forever. […]

The Busker, Broke and Busted

16th May 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m in an odd position with this poem, in that I don’t really remember writing it. I remember it coming out, and me being bewildered – because it isn’t actually a poem. It’s a song, a Gilbert-and-Sullivanesque patter song about an obsolete robot. I remember bits of it coming to me in the shower, and […]

The Year in Shira

2nd January 2013 | 0 Comments

2012’s publications: * “Mushroom Barley Soup: An Invocation“, in Stone Telling #8 * “nameless“, in Through the Gate #1 * “The Oracle Never Dances”, in Mythic Delirium #27 * “Ereshkigal’s Proposal to Hades”, in Mythic Delirium #27 * “Splinter” in Apex Magazine #42. If you are of a nominating sort, “Mushroom Barley Soup” is considered […]

Ereshkigal’s Proposal to Hades

16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

(Art by Paula Friedlander!) I am tired of Persephone Poems. We all have them! I have two. It’s an attractive narrative – the lovely, innocent young maiden seduced into the underworld. People have done interesting things with the story. But it’s one of the most popular narratives out there, poetry-wise, and I am drowning in […]

The Oracle Never Dances

16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

(Art by Paula Friedlander!) It’s funny how many of the pieces I sell to Mike Allen of Mythic Delirium originate with him, in one way or another. This one is quite directly traceable to him! Every year at Readercon, Mike runs a speculative poetry workshop. One year, Readercon had other poets listed as participants – […]


16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

Almost every story I write comes from multiple seeds that seem unrelated, but collide in my head. Like temporal lobe epilepsy, quantum physics, a certain waiter, and a particular habit of Charles Fort’s did to create “Valentines”. In this case, there were two particular things. The not-deeply-personal thing: At PiCon, in August 2011, I was […]


2nd October 2012 | 0 Comments

“nameless” is actually the first thing I wrote in the world of what’s now my novel-in-progress, Cicatrix. I had an image of a dancing woman with twisted scars on her shoulderblades, what might have been wings… The poem didn’t quite work. It sat on my hard drive for a while as I did other things, […]

Mushroom Barley Soup: An Invocation

28th August 2012 | 0 Comments

When I was little, my grandmother made the most amazing mushroom barley soup. She made it from scratch, and that alone was so different from dinner with my parents, who don’t cook. (My father grills. But usually dinner at their place is takeout.) Just the flash of her knife on the cutting board was something […]

Rhysling Award! and other updates

15th July 2012 | 0 Comments

Apparently I have just won the Rhysling Award for short poem! The poem in question is “The Library, After”, originally printed in Mythic Delirium #24. You can read more about the poem here! Many thanks to Mike Allen for publishing it, and everyone who nominated and voted for it! I’ll be reading it at my […]