Recommended Reading: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

I saw Danez Smith perform Waiting On You To Die So I Can Be Myself on facebook, and that sealed it: I requested off work so I could go to their reading at the Northfield Public Library last night. I'd seen and read a few other poems that also resonated with me, and I went … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Recommended Reading: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Just look at that cover! Two years ago, I started searching harder for books I knew must exist, but that I hadn't been told to read. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor did exactly what I was craving at the time: put humans and the rest of nature on equal footing. I cried reading the first chapters; … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Recommended Reading: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

So what if all the unspoken rules and expectations for women under patriarchy were instead codified into law? That's the world Johanna Sinisalo imagined in The Core of the Sun, and I was completely blown away by this novel. I felt like it described exactly the world I was born into and must navigate. I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

Recommended Reading: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Liberation never comes from oppressing someone else, and this anthology has everything you need to really get started learning about the lives and realities of others and thinking about how to make the world a better place for all of us. When I finally picked up This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women … Continue reading Recommended Reading: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

New Story in Paper Darts Volume 7. Pre-order now!

I have a love love love love love relationship with Paper Darts. I love the art and prose they publish and their awesome website and awesome print issues, and they love my prose (yes, each of those "loves" was a link to a different piece of mine). Volume 7 has one of my newest stories … Continue reading New Story in Paper Darts Volume 7. Pre-order now!

Recommended Reading: Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns

I'm usually late to the party on new books, but hey, Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns just came out a few months ago, so you can read it and be fashionably late to the party, and what a party it is! People are HUNGRY for this novel, some of us were starving for … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns

Recommended Viewing: A Wrinkle in Time

I chose that photo because to me it's Mindy Kalig saying, "Uh, come on guys, what's not to like? Why wouldn't you give yourself this beautiful thing?" I didn't tell people to go see Black Panther, because I didn't need to. Apparently, the haters are hating all over A Wrinkle in Time, and dang, that … Continue reading Recommended Viewing: A Wrinkle in Time

Recommended Reading: So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan was the sweetest well of water when I was dying of thirst in the desert. I went looking for this book and others like it, and when I got it from super inter-library loan, I was blown away. I … Continue reading Recommended Reading: So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

Recommended Reading: Erasure by Percival Everett

I've been thinking A LOT about Erasure by Percival Everett lately. Everything is so complicated, and so much is lost when people don't educate themselves about the big picture. It's great that some publishers and editors are actively seeking diverse voices. It's awful when they start telling writers that they need to be MORE X, … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Erasure by Percival Everett

Teaching a Speculative Fiction Workshop at The Loft this Spring

I'm teaching a multi-week workshop at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis this spring that I am SUPER looking forward to! Bonus info in this post! Down the Rabbit Hole: Writing Speculative Fiction All is not right in the world. This class focuses on how to translate social issues that concern you into captivating speculative … Continue reading Teaching a Speculative Fiction Workshop at The Loft this Spring