2020 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, of which I am a member, has just announced the winners of the 42nd annual Rhysling Awards for best speculative poems of the year. The winners were selected in two categories, Long Form and ShortForm Poems, which were nominated by the members of the organization. From 67 publications.Continue reading “2020 Rhysling Award Winners”

Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish has just been nominated for an Emmy for her “Saturday Night Live” hosting duties. OVERJOYED to be nominated for an #Emmy for when I hosted @nbcsnl!!  I might even splurge for a new dress for this one!!  Thank you everyone for your love and support!  #sheready — Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) July 12, 2018Continue reading “Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish”

Lincoln in the Bardo and the impossible audiobook

Notes on reading: Lincoln in the Bardo and the impossible audiobook

New poem: ‘Benevolent Assimilation’ in re:asian magazine

Thank you, re:asian magazine, for including me in the “firsts” issue! The poem touches upon things I’ve been thinking about since grade school when I first read the phrase “benevolent assimilation” as a U.S. description of its colonial policy with the Philippines. The magazine has also published a photo I took of the home myContinue reading “New poem: ‘Benevolent Assimilation’ in re:asian magazine”

Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’

This review originally ran in May 2005 in the Albany Times Union. Memory, identity evaporate in ‘Queen Loana’ Among life’s great chores is the sorting through of old papers, books, records and magazines long ago left in the attic. Few events combine such tedium with unexpected moments of rich nostalgia, in which a single imageContinue reading “Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’”

Book review: ‘Ash’ by Holly Thompson

This review originally appeared in the March 2002 edition of Multicultural Review. Ash Thompson, Holly. Ash. Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press, 2001. 292 pp. ISBN 1-880656-65-5, $16.95.   Thompson excels in her first novel at making Japan, from the volcanic-ash strewn streets of Kagoshima to the temples around Kyoto, accessible while conveying her protagonist’s “rootlessContinue reading “Book review: ‘Ash’ by Holly Thompson”