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I am a fantasy and science fiction author of both stories and poetry. I’ve been named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and have twice won both the Elgin Award and the Rhysling Award. My work has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, F&SF, Fantasy Magazine, Science, and Strange Horizons.

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How to Navigate Our Universe


(September 2023)

How to Be a Star

Gravitationally collapse a nebula.
Fuse hydrogen into helium.
If desired, explode.

How-to astronomy poetry to answer vexing questions such as How to Surprise Saturn, How to Blush Like Betelgeuse, and How to Survive a Black Hole. Nominated for the 2024 Elgin Award.

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Featured, Interviews

Penumbric interview, April 2024

Jeff Georgeson of Penumbric kindly interviewed me, posing questions about cultural influences, The Sign of the Dragon, How to Navigate Our Universe, Zoom, and more.

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Strange Horizons review of How to Navigate Our Universe by Vivian Wagner, February 2024.

How to Navigate Our Universe is a collection of speculative poetry by Mary Soon Lee which plays with the notion that planets might have personalities, moons might have jealousies, and the universe itself might be understood by examining its neighborhoods….”

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Space Cowboy Books reading/interview, February 2024

Space Cowboy Books hosted an event where I first read from How to Navigate Our Universe and then Jean-Paul Garnier interviewed me.

You can watch the video version or listen to the audio only (for the audio option, scroll to find the relevant interview).

Featured, Interviews

An interview with Sahtu Press, December 2023

Bryan Thao Worra asks about how I became a writer, my literary inspirations, finding a writing community, and more.

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Featured, Interviews

An interview with Radon Journal, November 2023

The interview covers my new book, How to Navigate Our Universe, and much else besides — from Pittsburgh, to Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, to Picard.

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