Hello! I'm an award-winning author of short fiction, poetry and criticism: my short stories have won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, my poetry's won the Rhysling award three times, I've reviewed books for NPR for the last five years and recently became the New York Times' OTHERWORLDLY columnist, covering science fiction and fantasy. You can read my first column here, and find a list of my short stories, poems, and other essays and reviews on my website.
What you're subscribing to is a space in which I can write about the many things that interest me but that I simply don't have time to pitch through regular channels--even assuming regular channels would be interested in my ideas on how Hadestown and Hamilton are two sides of a tragic coin, pace in The Mysteries of Udolpho, worldbuilding in Middlemarch, Walter Benjamin and digital originals, narrative circles closing in Moana, or the ways in which N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence intersect in their depictions of art.
It's also where I'll release speeches I've delivered--as WisCon Guest of Honour, as keynote speaker at the Surrey International Writers' Conference--drafts of works in progress (which are most likely to be poetry, but will eventually be turned novel-wards), and all sorts of bonus DVD extra material from my extant short fiction and forthcoming work.
If we hit a certain level of support, I'll be able to write reviews here too--especially of books that I desperately want to talk about, but that, for various reasons, I can't discuss on other platforms. The lead time to write about books for NPR and the NYT is anywhere between 1-6 months, and since my time's so limited, if I'm not reviewing a book in time for the week of its release, I just don't get to read it at all. Here's a sampling of recent books you may be shocked, SHOCKED to learn I haven't yet read:
- Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch trilogy
- Malka Older's Infomocracy and Null States
- Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor
- Sofia Samatar's Tender
Just to name a few!
Also, I am itching to read older genre work, to think deeply about genre lineages, to invite conversation about Naomi Mitchison, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Samuel R. Delany, and more. At certain levels of subscription you'll also get a say in what I'll read/write about next.