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Using a sensitivity reader for my latest writing project

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I nightmare natural disasters. Tidal waves filling up my apartment building, floor by floor. Tornadoes suddenly appearing on the road in front of me. 🌍☀⛈🔥 For years, I’ve been terrified of climate change, global warming, and the effects of natural and manmade disasters. All through journalism school, I read, watched, and learned about devastating earthquakes, […]

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Honoring MLK’s legacy, AWP, & other upcoming events

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While the weather outside may be frightful, plenty of writers — including this one — are giving readings through the winter months inside warm cafes, libraries, bookstores, and bars. Come in out of the cold and find me at these upcoming events: Friday, March 2: I’m one of five readers at a poetry reading inspired by the […]

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Science fiction as fact

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The science fiction I’m writing isn’t even fiction anymore. I’ve been reading about Cape Town, Africa’s impending Day Zero and the water limits people will soon have to face. When the city’s dams reach 13 percent capacity, municipal taps will be shut off. Tens of thousands of people will queue for daily water rations of 25 liters […]

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Another scifi poem blasts into the publishing world

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Today, Calamus Journal published my poem “The martian comes to me” in their second issue. I’m always honored when my poems are accepted for publication in new journals. When a literary journal is just starting up, it’s a magical time. There’s so much possibility, so much slush pile to read through, so much that could go wrong. […]

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‘Forecast: 4015’ in Nebula Rift

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What happens to Washington, D.C. in the future? I envision the city’s hovering Metro as nuclear-powered in the year 4015, which gets the two main characters, Gideon and Selah, hunting for answers in the EPA’s old, unused computers. Find out what they uncover in my newest forecast story. “Forecast: 4015” was published in Nebula Rift on […]

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District Lit: Space Issue

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District Lit, the literary magazine where I’m the Poetry Editor, is having a Space Issue! We’ve been impressed with some of the scientific and space-themed works we’ve gotten, so we wanted to dedicate a mini-issue to space. Send us your work that searches the stars, sends us into warp, touches strange worlds, or knows how […]

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Short story in “Dear Robot” anthology

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My short story “Duo-13-trip” was published in Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, edited by Kelly Jacobson. The writers in this collection include Jacquelyn Bengfort, Diana Bolton (founding editor of District Lit), Tara Campbell, Christina Keller, (and me!). You can buy the book on Amazon or Createspace for $10! There will be a book launch […]

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Science fiction as hope

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Matt Gemmel, a Scottish writer and novelist, wrote a blog post about what science fiction is. It’s inherently hopeful, he said. Despite all of the dystopian and end-of-the-world themes that come up in science fiction, it’s really an optimistic genre. That’s what science fiction is about, of course: hope. It’s inherently optimistic, even if some […]