SFPA announces 2018 Rhysling Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Rhysling Award winners! These are the best speculative poems of 2017, as voted on by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (I am a voting member). This was my first time voting for the awards (and my first time being nominated, for the long poem “Instructions for Astronauts.” I enjoyedContinue reading “SFPA announces 2018 Rhysling Awards”

Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott

I recommend the story collection Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott. The stories offer glimpses of life in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a largely black settlement founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. In “Good Times,” a troubled man with a wife and child finds his wayContinue reading “Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott”

Duolingo talking about a revolution

Studying Spanish in Duolingo, I came across back-to-back exercises talking about revolution. ¿Qué es una revolución? “What is a revolution?” Cada revolución es neuva. “Each revolution is new.” Is this strange? Is this pointing to some kind of truth about the revolutions in Spanish-speaking countries? When I’m in Spain, especially in Catalonia, am I likelyContinue reading “Duolingo talking about a revolution”

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Award Winners

Poetry Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf) Criticism Carina Chocano, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner) Autobiography Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Grove) Biography Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan Books) Nonfiction Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster) FictionContinue reading “National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Award Winners”

National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2017 Awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced today winners of three prestigious prizes and nominees in nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, criticism and fiction. The awards will be announced on March 15. Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf), is being honored with the John Leonard Prize, which recognizes an outstanding first bookContinue reading “National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2017 Awards”