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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.

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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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An interview with Jessica Rydill at Speculative Fiction Showcase, November 2023

A wide-ranging interview, beginning with How to Navigate Our Universe, and moving onto writing and poetry more generally.

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An interview with Andrea Blythe as part of the New Books in Poetry podcast, 1/2022.

In the podcast, I talk primarily about The Sign of the Dragon, but also my writing more generally.

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Goran’s review on Goodreads of The Sign of the Dragon, December 2021.

“But if you are one of those Becky Chambers-loving, hopeful people who look for the positive in humanity, if you are someone who wants to read something truly experimental, a kind of multicultural hopepunk story with Guy Gavriel Kay-level emotions… You will love this book as I did. You will cherish the characters, the words and the lyricism.”

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An interview with Jeremy Bai in the Asian Fantasy Fiction podcast, 5/13/2021

In the podcast, I talk about The Sign of the Dragon, writing, my accent, and other topics.

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