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A Prize, Publications, and Other News!

Whew, the fall semester has started and, as predicted, things are already quite crazy. I’m teaching a new course (the second level literature based writing course, my theme is “US Literature and the Fairy Tale” of course!), still reading crazily for candidacy exams, and trying to fit in conferences, article writing, reviews, all the other stuff I want to do as well!

As some of you may know, I also went on a whirlwind, awesome Baltic Sea cruise right before school started. I wanted to do a post about folklore-y stuff I saw but sadly I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon. In the meantime, a few things of note –

* I won a prize! I am the recipient of the first ever annual Polly Stewart Student Travel Stipend from the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society, presented to “an emerging scholar who shows promise of furthering the study of women’s folklore, gender issues in folklore, and/or feminist approaches to the study of folklore” :D! This is an incredible honor and I’m so happy and excited about it!

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* In other professional news, I received my contributors’ copy of the about to be published Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (which includes an essay on “Sleeping Beauty” I co-wrote with Jeana Jorgensen) and it’s gorgeous – I highly recommend giving it a look on October 6th if you’re interested in such things!

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* The new Mythic Delirium anthology of the first four online issues, featuring my poem “WereMoonMother,” is coming and it’s already received a STARRED review in Publisher’s Weekly! They call it “a winner from cover to cover” (which is especially lovely as my poem is the last piece in the book :).) More on this soon!

* I’ve got a new poem up at the lovely Mirror Dance called “Year Forty-Nine” :).

* The International Fairy-Tale Filmography has launched and it’s lovely – check it out when you get a chance!

* Rose Lemberg’s Kickstarter for her “anthology of unclassifiables,” An Alphabet of Embers was successfully funded and the submission guidelines are now up here! She’s looking for “lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose.” This is going to be a beautiful collection and I hope I can put together something to submit :).

That’s all for now, enjoy the beginning of fall – my favorite season!

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Early June Updates!

A few news items!

* I did an interview for the Stone Telling blog about my poem “Rep/ercussions (Carmina)” that was recently featured in their “Body” issue – they just posted it and you can read it here! This issue was just incredible in so many ways and I’m so honored to be a part of it.

* Speaking of things I was honored to do, the lovely Rhonda Parrish asked Sara and I to write the introduction to her amazing new anthology Fae, which is forthcoming from World Weaver Press! It’s such a good collection, guys, seriously – check it out asap!!

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(Psstyou can also still enter to WIN a copy!!)

* I’m officially going to present at two conferences so far next school year – the first will be the 2014 International Conference on Romanticism – “Romantic Reflections: Twins, Echoes, and Appropriations” in Minneapolis, MN. I’m going to present a paper called “’Her Eyes Were Wild’: Echoes of Traditional Fairylore and the Gothic in Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’” on a panel organized by the new group Romanticism@OSU. The other conference so far will be the American Folklore Society annual meeting, “Folklore at the Crossroads” – I’m going to be doing a paper based on the article I co-wrote with Jeana Jorgensen for the Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television collection on the “Briar Rose” episode of the Japanese anime Grimms’ Fairy Tale Classics.

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* The Project Narrative Summer Institute starts on Monday! I’m both excited and nervous but mostly I’m feeling pretty confident that it’s going to be a great experience :).

Otherwise I’m just reading away and trying to get some other aspects of my life on the right track. I’m a tiny bit behind, probably due to being at home for a while and then readjusting to being back in Columbus, but I’m getting back on track!

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Reading, Reading, Reading

Well, summer has started and I am already neck deep in candidacy exam reading. This image illustrates how that feels (I am the sorceress, the dragon represents my exams/reading list :P.)

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I put this image on the cover of my readings binder… it is inspiring! Though I am tiny, I have powers too. See how the dragon is being subdued by the sorceress’ magic? Yes. I also made a spreadsheet. I’ve got a plan, I’ve got this. I hope.

I also have much other work that needs to get done asap (including revising a potential article, submitting for a conference, and two reviews), an institute on narrative theory to attend in June, and a ‘Folklore and Literature’ Think Tank to attend in July. Eep!

A few other things:

x. Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film, is insanely good. The soundtrack is too, I’m actually a bit obsessed with it.

x. Speaking of vampires, here’s some scientific evidence that folklore always knows what’s up – Vampire Therapy Could Reverse Aging 

x. For more Gothic fantastic, the Guardian posted this hilarity – How to Tell You’re Reading a Gothic Novel (in Pictures!)

x. And this is just lovely – Gorgeous Illustrations of ‘Untranslatable’ Words from Different Languages by Anjana Iyer. I’m always fascinated by these kinds of words and this project is very cool.

Also, Sara has tagged me to do a post on my writing process and I promise that that is coming shortly! I hope you’re all enjoying the spring flowers as much as I am :).

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The Wind Howls Outside My Window

Two big pieces of news! First, I am so honored and excited to report that my poem, “WereMoonMother,” is one of Mythic Delirium’s featured poems for November! This means that you can now read it for free on the Mythic Delirium website. I am particularly proud of this piece so please do check it out if you can – I promise it is delightfully bizarre ;).

MD-meSecondly, my paper proposal was accepted for The 35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts! I’ll be presenting a piece called “Circumnavigating a Subversive Otherworld: Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland as Folkloric Liminal Space” and I’m really excited about it :).

A Few Cool Things I’ve Come Across Recently:

* Speaking of CMV, she just did a great “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit!

* The French Oral Narrative Corpus is quite nice!

* “Why We Need Fairytales: Jeanette Winterson on Oscar Wilde”

* I absolutely *love* this retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”! It’s called “Redden” and it’s a comic by Maya Kern.

The wind is absolutely howling outside my window while I read The Sorrows of Satan by Marie Corelli. This is appropriate I suppose?

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A Few Summer Updates!

A few summer updates!

* My poem, “The Mermaid’s Winter Song,” was also (in addition to the Rhysling Award!) nominated for the Dwarf Stars Award from the SFPA! It will appear in the 2013 anthology, which looks lovely – I am so honored :).


* This has been out for a while but I never made an official post about it – Cabinet des Fees has released the 1.1 issue of the print version of their beautiful journal Scheherezade’s Bequest, which I have a poem in! It is called As You Wish: The Loathly Lady Issue and features some absolutely astounding work. I am giddy to be a part of it!

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* I have two new reviews out – the first, an academic review, appears at Folklore Forum and is for Vanessa Joosen’s fantastic book Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales: An Intertextual Dialogue Between Fairy Tale Scholarship and Postmodern Retellings. The second is for the gorgeous anthology The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry edited by Rose Lemberg, which appears in Bull Spec’s latest issue (you can also see it on one of the sample pages at their issuu site.) Both highly recommended! I have several more reviews forthcoming too, I signed up for a bunch all at the same time somehow :P.

* My paper was accepted for presentation at the American Folklore Society‘s annual meeting this coming October – yay! I’ll be talking about the Gothic and fairylore (of course :P.)

* A quick reminder that the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter has just 7 days left to go! They’ve reached their first funding goal but are aiming for a bit more if at all possible. Please consider supporting this wonderful magazine :).

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Rhysling Award Nomination + March Conferences!

I am so honored to share that my poem, “The Mermaid’s Winter Song” from inkscrawl 4, was nominated for the short form Rhysling Award!

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Illustration by Paul Hey

I am shocked and amazed to be in such incredible company and can’t thank whoever nominated me enough :).

I was also able to attend two fantastic conferences this month: Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture in London, UK and The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL. Both were great and the paper I presented at both seemed to be very well received (which thrills me as it’s a part of my dissertation work!) ICFA has quickly become one of my favorite events of the year, it’s so amazing to get to hang out with so many of my inspirations, both scholarly and creative. The fairy tale people are especially awesome and I’m so happy to know them all!

This month has really been a whirlwind of great news and fun and I feel so lucky right now :).

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Levelling Up in the New Year

Right, I am terrible at this :P. You’re just going to have to put up with my sporadic posts I’m afraid. Maybe I’ll get better eventually? I am now in my second and last semester of PhD coursework, which is a bit scary but also exciting. I really do feel like I’ve leveled up though, each of my classes this semester is specifically tailored to further prepare me for future work so it’s all pretty delightful. I’ve got fantasy and the Gothic and teaching basically. I am actually especially enjoying my teaching internship much more than I expected and feel like I’m learning a lot about how I want to run my own classroom. I am being adventurous in the new year too, in many ways! I have set huge goals for myself, as usual, but some of them are actually going pretty well so far. I bought myself an exercise bike! What?! Amazing, I know.

A few things I’ve been meaning to post about –

* I have officially registered and am going to London again in March for the Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture conference at first credited Gothic writer Horace Walpole’s own Strawberry Hill House. This is pretty guaranteed to be fantastic. I will be presenting on the poetics of Gothic fairy tales, some preliminary findings from my dissertation research. I also really hope I get to go see this, which I mentioned before :D.

* This is crazy late but I have a bit of flash fiction in the new issue of Scareship! “Sleeping Beauty” themed this time (it’s really surprising I ever write anything else, I have so many SB related ideas floating around in my mind.)

* Some nice tips for the new year :).

* This was great – a mockup of a film in progress for Neil Gaiman’s haunting black cat fable “The Price”

Happy new year all, I hope things are going well so far!

Edited to Add: Folklore Forum has just published my review of The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales by Béla Balázs (translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes), a lovely collection of literary fairy tales that I highly recommend. They are quirky little stories with great details and very worth reading!

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A Much Needed Break + Some News

Hello! I apologize for not really being around, PhD studies have taken over my life for the present, but I wanted to use this brief Thanksgiving break to make a quick hello post at the very least :). It looks like things may be sorting themselves out into a more manageable routine next semester, so I am hopeful that I will get a little more free time to write creatively, blog, read non-school related things, etc. in the future. Coming to Ohio has been a big adjustment but it’s been a worthwhile and exciting time as well!

A few notes –

* First – reunited and it feels so good…

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:D! It’s really wonderful to be home for a bit. My birthday was on Monday and I got to celebrate with my family yesterday :).

* I meant to post more about my amazing time at the After Grimm conference but, sadly, I just haven’t had the spare time to do so. I met several lovely people, including more than a few inspirations of mine, and it was completely wonderful in all ways. One of the people I met was Janet Daniels who runs the FairyTaleTastic blog – check out her post about the conference for a few more details too! While we were there I was also lucky enough to get to see two incredible exhibitions, the Writing Britain exhibition at the British Library and the Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition at the Tate Britain, buy a fabulous Gothic coat in Camden Town, and visit a few of my friend Sara’s favorite haunts in Oxford.

* I also attended the American Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting in October in New Orleans (which is now absolutely among my favorite cities in the world!)… I was going to write about that as well but, again, did not get the chance :(. Just know that I had a great panel with several other fairy tale scholars and it was a really fun time! I went on a witches and vampires and voodoo walking tour, saw a few of the gorgeous original paintings of Kelly Louise Judd in person for the first time in a random awesome gallery we just happened to wander into, ate many beignets, attended the book launch of Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms in which my former professor at GMU, Margaret Yocom, and my friend Jeana Jorgensen each have a fantastic essay, spoke with a bunch of prospective OSU students and hopefully made a good impression, and saw a bunch of excellent papers.

* I’ve had a paper accepted for presentation at The International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts this coming March – huzzah! I attended this conference for the first time last year and it’s awesome, just full of people doing exactly the kind of work that I love. I’m really happy I get to go again this year!

* I set up my classes for the Spring semester and am really excited about them! I’ll be taking a Children’s/YA Lit. class on the “Roots of Fantasy” (aka the folklore, etc. that frequently inspires fantasy literature!) which is just so perfectly up my alley I’m kind of shocked it’s real, an independent study reading course on the 19th Century British Gothic (awesome texts and great dissertation prep), and a teaching apprenticeship class where I shadow a senior professor teaching an introduction to folklore class, a prerequisite before I can teach my own introductory folklore classes. I’m completely psyched about all of these things :P.

* I’m honored to note that the lovely magazine Niteblade nominated the poem that Sara Cleto (the same Sara as above) and I wrote together, “The Second Law of Thermodynamics,” for the Pushcart Prize. It is so kind of them to acknowledge our poem in this special way – thank you!

* Have you seen the Disney princess inspired windows at Herrods? The “Sleeping Beauty” one is absolutely gorgeous as far as I’m concerned, roses and cobwebs = A+!

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* Speaking of “Sleeping Beauty,” the wonderful Bryony recently made me aware of this production of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” ballet – a gothic version!! It’s like my MA thesis in ballet form, crazy. There is a slim chance I may be in the UK during its run next year so please keep your fingers crossed that I can make it happen!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US and there will hopefully be more posts from me soon!

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Officially a PhD Student!

I am now officially a PhD student! Classes started last Wednesday and I am really enjoying everything. I’ve only had one class so far but am looking forward to having the other two this coming Tuesday and my job at the OSU Center for Folklore Studies seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun. There are several fairy tale related events in the works and all the people seem great!

Columbus is a very cool city – I feel like they are very good at keeping this fact a secret from the rest of the country! I had never given much thought to Columbus before I was applying to PhD programs and when I came to visit I was really surprised at how great it is. They have amazing food, great free or nearly free artistic events, excellent shopping, and beautiful neighborhoods and parks. Plus so many people are so friendly and kind! I keep getting told that this is just the way the whole Midwest is but it’s still quite awesome :).

A couple other items of note –

* My flash fiction piece, “The Song of the Tower” has been published in the September issue of Scareship and my name’s even on the cover for the first time! You can download a PDF of the issue for free on the website. I haven’t had a chance to read through it yet but it looks great, please give this new magazine a look!

* I’ve been added as a contributor to Futuredaze on Goodreads which means I now officially have a Goodreads author page?! That’s ridiculously awesome :).

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More on Folklore and Cultural Appropriation

My last post led to many enlightening, fascinating comments (sadly not here, mostly on Livejournal and Facebook!) and I thought I would share some of the links people pointed out to me (and links that I found from those websites) that I thought were particularly interesting to explore when considering the concept of cultural appropriation, especially with regard to folklore and speculative literature. I still feel that there is a lot of merit in Shadow and Bone, and I certainly enjoyed it as a novel, but many good points were raised in the discussion and I wanted to share some of the things that I found or were brought to my attention. Please note that I may or may not agree with *everything* on the following sites but it’s all very good to think about –

‘What is cultural appropriation?’ on “The Long Way Home” blog by Fire Fly.

The Wikipedia page about cultural appropriation is actually not bad and includes some interesting links as well.

Roundtable on “How to Write Science Fiction on a Post-Colonial World” with several wonderful writers and critics of speculative fiction.

A post that discusses Irish cultural appropriation issues in Stina Leicht’s The Fey and the Fallen series, very interesting thoughts on cultural appropriation generally and Northern Ireland particularly (though I wish the reviewer had shared thoughts on the way that Irish folklore was incorporated in the novel as well.)

My friend and colleague Jeana Jorgensen wrote an excellent essay on Folklore and Power that I feel is quite relevant to this discussion. She and I also discussed via Twitter the general awesome-ness of the book Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America by Sabina Magliocco, which looks at the ways in which folklore (including Celtic folklore) is used to inform Neo-Paganism, and how those concepts are absorbed into contemporary speculative literature (an issue that deserves more thought for sure.) Jeana wrote a post a while ago about the speculative author China Miéville’s response to her question about how he incorporates folklore in his writing as well and his answer engages quite thoughtfully with issues of cultural appropriation.

Expanded Horizons, a magazine of speculative fiction, whose mission is to “increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction, both in the authors who contribute and in the perspectives presented.”

On this note, I also want to mention the amazing Stone Telling, a magazine for speculative poetry that is “especially interested in seeing work that is multi-cultural and boundary-crossing, work that deals with othering and Others, work that considers race, gender, sexuality, identity, and disability issues in nontrivial and evocative ways.”

Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to “discussing the use of Indigenous cultures, traditions, languages, and images in popular culture, advertising, and everyday life” and the My Culture is Not a Trend Tumblr.

A post about “orientalism, imperialism, and ‘steampunking’ Asia”

Post with some thoughts about how to wear jewelry from cultures other than your own (which, as someone who particularly loves collecting jewelry from different cultures, was especially interesting to me.)

Silver Goggles by Jaymee Goh, a blog on steampunk and postcolonialism, race, diversity, and representation. Her review of The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee (recommended to me as a novel that deals with these issues well) also led me to the next item.

Last but absolutely not least, a wonderful, inspiring talk about “the danger of a single story” by the novelist Chimamanda Adichie –

I am still learning, always, but these are important issues to think about and engage with. I’d love more links to peruse if you have any favorites!

(My Original Review + Follow Up Post #2)

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