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I am a fantasy and science fiction author of both stories and poetry. I’ve won the Elgin Award and the Rhysling Award, and my work has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, F&SF, Fireside, Science, and Strange Horizons.

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The Sign of the Dragon

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JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (April 21, 2020)

Of all the things I’ve written, The Sign of the Dragon is the one that matters most to me. It began with a single poem about a boy chosen by a dragon to be king. I meant the poem to be a standalone piece, but the boy stayed with me, and I returned and wrote more, and more, and more poems about him. Over three hundred poems in the end.

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A review of Elemental Haiku from Provo City Library, December 2020.

These brief, structured poems present the wonders of the universe in a very accessible and light format as science and art combine beautifully…. A perfect book for reading aloud or just contemplating quietly while you relax, Elemental Haiku would make a great gift for the science nerd in your life.

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(A guest post for the Wicked Writing Corner, November 2020.)

I write both poetry and fiction. Viewed as separate activities — wearing either my poetry hat or my fiction hat — I have little to add to the voluminous advice already out there. But I do have thoughts about what happens if you try to jam both hats on your head at once. In particular, I have thoughts about the unwise practice of writing book-length, hard-to-market, epic narrative poetry.

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A review of The Sign of the Dragon by Ann K. Schwader, June 2020.

What an utterly beautiful, impressive, & occasionally heartbreaking reading experience! Having read Crowned, the first portion of this fantasy novel-in-poems, a few years ago, I was eager to see what the whole novel would be like — and it did not disappoint. In fact, it turned out to be much more than I’d been expecting, both in quality & in scope….

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A review of The Sign of the Dragon by Beth Cato, June 2020.

I love this book. It’s as close to perfect as a book can get, which is saying a lot, especially when I add that this is a novel-sized volume of fantasy poetry that truly reads like a novel….

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(A guest post for the World Fantasy Convention 2020 blog, April 2020.)

In recent years, there’s been an increasing awareness of the importance of diversity in fiction, including diversity in gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, wealth, and age. Along with this has come a discussion of own voices, and the extent to which it matters whether a story about, for instance, a lesbian unicorn, is written by a lesbian. Alas, I have yet to find a unicorn story written by a unicorn, lesbian or otherwise….

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