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The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom

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About this book:

Edited by Joanne Merriam, The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom is an anthology of science fiction featuring blunt force trauma, explosions, adventure, derring-do, tigers, Martians, zombies, fanged monsters, dinosaurs (alien and domestic), ray guns, rocket ships, and anthropomorphized marshmallows.

The anthology contains work by 40 authors: fiction by Jim Comer, James Dorr, Aidan Doyle, Tom Doyle, Kendra Fortmeyer, Nick Kocz, David Kopaska-Merkel, Ken Liu, Kelly Luce, Tim Major, Laurent McAllister, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Jerry Oltion, Ursula Pflug, Leonard Richardson, Erica L. Satifka, G. A. Semones, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Lucy Sussex, Mary A. Turzillo, Nick Wood, and K. Ceres Wright, and poetry by Khadija Anderson, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Kristin Bock, Alicia Cole, Estíbaliz Espinosa (translated by Neil Anderson), Miriam Bird Greenberg, Benjamin Grossberg, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Katie Manning, Martha McCollough, Marc McKee, Richard King Perkins II, Christina Sng, J. J. Steinfeld, Sonya Taaffe, Deborah Walker, and Ali Znaidi.

The actual Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom is housed in the half-kiloSmoot-square, two-centuries-old dancing building, the Old Ptolemy, in the city of Draconis on the planet Epsilon Eridani b.

Table of Contents:

  • Khadija Anderson, “Observational Couplets upon returning to Los Angeles from Outer Space”
  • Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, “Photograph of a Secret”
  • Kristin Bock, “I Wish I Could Write a Poem about Pole-Vaulting Robots”
  • Alicia Cole, “Asteroid Orphan”
  • Jim Comer, “Soldier’s Coat”
  • James Dorr, “Bubba Claus Conquers the Martians”
  • Aidan Doyle, “Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost”
  • Tom Doyle, “Crossing Borders”
  • Estíbaliz Espinosa, “Dissidence” (translated by Neil Anderson)
  • Kendra Fortmeyer, “Squaline”
  • Miriam Bird Greenberg, “Brazilian Telephone”
  • Benjamin Grossberg, “The Space Traveler and Runaway Stars”
  • Julie Bloss Kelsey, two scifaiku
  • Nick Kocz, “The Last American Tiger”
  • David Kopaska-Merkel, “Captain Marshmallow”
  • Ken Liu, “Nova Verba, Mundus Novus”
  • Kelly Luce, “Ideal Head of a Woman”
  • Tim Major, “Read/Write Head”
  • Katie Manning, “Baba Yaga’s Answer”
  • Laurent McAllister, “Kapuzine and the Wolf: A Hortatory Tale”
  • Martha McCollough, “valley of the talking dolls” and “adventures of cartoon bee”
  • Marc McKee, “A Moment in Fill-In-The-Blank City”
  • Sequoia Nagamatsu, “Headwater LLC”
  • Jerry Oltion, “A Star Is Born”
  • Richard King Perkins II, “The Sleeper’s Requiem”
  • Ursula Pflug, “Airport Shoes”
  • Leonard Richardson, “Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs”
  • Erica L. Satifka, “Thirty-Six Questions Propounded by the Human-Powered Plasma Bomb in the Moments Before Her Imminent Detonation”
  • G. A. Semones, “Never Forget Some Things”
  • Matthew Sanborn Smith, “The Empire State Building Strikes Back!”
  • Christina Sng, “Medusa in LA”
  • J. J. Steinfeld, “The Loudest Sound Imaginable”
  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, “The Wanderers”
  • Lucy Sussex, “A Sentimental, Sordid Education”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “And Black Unfathomable Lakes”
  • Mary Turzillo, “Pride”
  • Deborah Walker, “Sea Monkey Mermaid”
  • Nick Wood, “The Girl Who Called the World”
  • K. Ceres Wright, “The Haunting of M117”
  • Ali Znaidi, “A Dolphin Scene” and “Australian Horoscope”

About the Contributors:

Butoh dancer, Muslim convert, and Pushcart nominated poet Khadija Anderson has been published extensively in print and online. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University LA and her first book of poetry History of Butoh was published in 2012 through Writ Large Press. Find her at

Neil Anderson is a translator and teacher living in Lubbock, Texas. His translations from Galician have been published in Asymptote, The Bitter Oleander, Shearsman, Absinthe, M-Dash, and elsewhere.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the 2013 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange poetry winner. She has work published in American Poetry Review, CALYX, and Acentos Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Chicano activist and Hollywood director, Jesús Salvador Treviño can be viewed at She curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED and co-founded Women Who Submit. Her debut poetry collection, Built with Safe Spaces, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

Kristin Bock holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst where she currently teaches. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines and journals, including VERSE, Columbia, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Black Warrior Review, and FENCE, as well as the URB anthology Apocalypse Now: Poems & Prose from the End of Days. She lives with her husband, artist Geoffrey Kostecki, in Montague, Massachusetts where they refurbish liturgical art. She is also a contributing editor to the literary magazine, Bateau. Bock’s debut collection of poetry, Cloisters, won Tupelo Press’s First Book Award and the da Vinci Eye Award.

Alicia Cole is a recent New Orleanian transplant by way of Atlanta, GA. She’s a professional writer, editor, and artist. Her sci-fi serial Blinded is currently being published by Rainbow Rumpus, and her work has recently appeared on PodCastle, and been reviewed in Dead Reckonings. You can find more of her work at and

Jim Comer is an author and teacher who lives in Arkansas.

Indiana writer James Dorr‘s The Tears of Isis was a 2014 Bram Stoker Award nominee for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection. Other books include Strange Mistresses: Tales of Wonder and Romance, Darker Loves: Tales of Mystery and Regret, and his all-poetry Vamps (A Retrospective). For more, visit Dorr’s blog at

Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. He has visited more than 90 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. Find him at and @aidan_doyle.

In 2014, Tor Books published American Craftsmen, Tom Doyle‘s first novel in a three-book deal. The Left-Hand Way followed in 2015. He is a winner of the WSFA Small Press Award and a Writers of the Future Award. His short fiction has appeared in Aeon, Buzzy Mag, Daily Science Fiction, Futurismic, and the URB anthology How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens. Paper Golem has published his short story collection, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories.

Estíbaliz Espinosa is a Spanish- and Galician-language writer, author of the books Pan (libro de ler e desler) (2000); -orama (2002); Número e (2004); zoommm. textos biónicos (2007); and Curiosidade (2015). Find her at

Kendra Fortmeyer received her MFA in fiction from UT Austin, and is the fiction editor for Broad! magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, NANO Fiction, Forge, apt, Juked, Fiddleblack (under pen name Zoe Abramson), Corium and elsewhere.

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of the chapbooks All night in the new country and Pact-Blood, Fever Grass, and her work has been awarded fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the NEA. She lives in Berkeley and teaches ESL.

Benjamin S. Grossberg is Director of Creative Writing at The University of Hartford. His most recent book of poems, Space Traveler, was published by the University of Tampa Press in spring of 2014. His earlier collections include Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009), winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award.

Julie Bloss Kelsey writes speculative poetry and short stories from her home in suburban Maryland. Her work has been published in Scifaikuest, Seven by Twenty, Eye to the Telescope, Star*Line, and Mad Scientist Journal, among others. She is currently writing a scifaiku chapbook about an ill-fated alien romance. Visit her on Twitter @MamaJoules.

Nick Kocz‘s stories and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Entropy, Five Chapters, Mid-American Review, and The Nervous Breakdown. He has an MFA from Virginia Tech and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Tech. He lives in Blacksburg, VA with his wife and three children.

An aether compactor by trade, David C. Kopaska-Merkel began writing poetry after witnessing the Ascension of Tim. He won the Rhysling award for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which one of the latest is SETI Hits Paydirt (Popcorn Press, 2014). Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares since 1986.

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, published his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, in 2015, and will publish a collection of his short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, in 2016.

Kelly Luce‘s story collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, won the 2013 Foreword Review‘s Editors Choice Prize in Fiction. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2016. A Contributing Editor for Electric Literature, she hails from Illinois and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Tim Major lives in Oxford with his wife and son. His time-travel novel, You Don’t Belong Here, will be published by Snowbooks in September 2016 and his horror novella, Carus & Mitch, was published by Omnium Gatherum in February 2015. His short stories have featured in Interzone, Perihelion, Every Day Fiction, and numerous anthologies. He is the Editor of the SF magazine, The Singularity, and also blogs at

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She has received The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, PANK, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review, and she is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Find her online at

Laurent McAllister is the symbionym of a duo of Canadian writers, Yves Meynard and Jean-Louis Trudel. Since 1984, they have published extensively in French and in English, penning under the McAllister identity one award-winning novel, Suprématie (2009), one collection, three young adult books, and several short stories. Writing separately, they have authored nearly 40 books, and many more short stories. Tor published Meynard’s fantasy novel Chrysanthe in 2012. Trudel’s short story “The Snows of Yesteryear” was included in the John Joseph Adams anthology Loosed Upon the World from Saga in 2015.

Martha McCollough is an artist and writer who lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Her videopoems have been exhibited at festivals and conferences internationally, and have appeared in Rattapallax, Gone Lawn, and TriQuarterly. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Small Po[r]tions, Cream City Review, and Salamander.

Marc McKee received an MFA from the University of Houston and a PhD from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. His work has appeared in several journals, among them Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, LIT, and Pleiades. He is the author of the chapbook What Apocalypse?, which won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM 2008 Chapbook Contest, and two full-length collections, Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) and Bewilderness (Black Lawrence Press, 2014).

Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the Japanese folklore inspired story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press). His work has appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, Lightspeed Magazine, Zyzzyva, The Fairy Tale Review, Tin House online, and Black Warrior Review. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine and an assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. More info at

Jerry Oltion has had over 150 short stories and 15 novels published over the last 30 years, and is still hard at it. He has become the most frequently published author in the history of Analog magazine, and has won the Nebula Award for his novella, “Abandon in Place.” He is mostly known for hard science fiction with a human, often humorous touch.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He has a wife, Vickie and a daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in hundreds of publications including Bluestem, December Magazine, Emrys Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Roanoke Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Louisiana Review, The Red Cedar Review, The William and Mary Review, and Two Thirds North.

Ursula Pflug is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Green Music (Edge/Tesseract), The Alphabet Stones (Blue Denim) and Motion Sickness (Inanna; illustrated by S.K. Dyment). She penned the story collections After the Fires (Tightrope) and Harvesting the Moon (PS). She edited the anthologies They Have To Take You In (Hidden Brook) and Playground of Lost Toys (Exile; with Colleen Anderson.) A YA novella, Mountain, is forthcoming from Inanna. She teaches creative writing workshops at Loyalist College, Trent University (with Derek Newman-Stille) and elsewhere. She has collaborated with filmmakers, dancers, and installation artists and her short fiction has been taught at universities in Canada and India. Find her at

Leonard Richardson became a programmer because paleontology involved too much outdoor work. He writes prose and open source software from his home in New York. For more about him, go to

Erica L. Satifka‘s fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer as well as URB’s anthology How to Live on Other Planets.

Weaned on fairy tales and hero adventures, G. A. Semones remembers reading his first space opera when about nine years old. He began writing in his teens and writes primarily fantasy and science fiction. He is a Liberty Hall Writers denizen. A software engineer, he has built scary things that self-heal and self-organize. He is a devoted husband, dad and granddad who, when not writing, enjoys history, antique cryptography, fossils, reading, and gardening with his wife. His work has appeared on The Drabblecast, Ray Gun Revival, and Alternate Hilarities, among others.

Matthew Sanborn Smith is a South Floridian speculative fiction author whose fiction has appeared at, Nature, Chizine, and Diabolical Plots among others. He is an occasional contributor to the StarShipSofa, SF Signal, and SFF Audio podcasts. His collection, The Dritty Doesen: Some of the Least Reasonable Stories of Matthew Sanborn Smith, is waiting patiently for just the right reader, and his podcast, Beware the Hairy Mango, is adored by dozens.

Christina Sng is a Rhysling-nominated poet, writer, and artist. Her work has received several Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She is the author of three chapbooks and her first full-length book of poetry, A Collection of Nightmares from Raw Dog Screaming Press arrives late 2016. Visit her online at

Canadian J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published sixteen books, including the short story collections Disturbing Identities (Ekstasis Editions), Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Gaspereau Press), A Glass Shard and Memory (Recliner Books), and Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Ekstasis Editions), the novels Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield Press) and Word Burials (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink), and the poetry collections An Affection for Precipices (Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Ekstasis Editions), and Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Ekstasis Editions). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam lives in Texas with her partner and two literarily-named cats: Gimli and Don Quixote. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Interzone. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program and curates an annual Art & Words Show, profiled in Poets & Writers. Bonnie is represented by Ann Collette at Rees Literary. You can visit her on Twitter @BonnieJoStuffle or through her website:

Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand. She has edited four anthologies, including She’s Fantastical (1995), shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Her award-winning fiction includes books for younger readers and the novel The Scarlet Rider. She has five short story collections, My Lady Tongue, A Tour Guide in Utopia, Absolute Uncertainty, Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies (a best of), and Thief of Lives. Her latest project is Blockbuster!: Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

Sonya Taaffe‘s short fiction and poetry can be found in the collections Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press), A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria Press), Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime Books), and Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime Books), and in various anthologies including The Humanity of Monsters, Genius Loci: Tales of the Spirit of Place, and Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror. She is currently senior poetry editor at Strange Horizons; she holds master’s degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and once named a Kuiper belt object. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats.

Mary Turzillo‘s 1999 Nebula-winner, “Mars Is no Place for Children” and Analog novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl are recommended reading on the International Space Station. Her poetry collection Lovers & Killers won the 2013 Elgin Award for Best Collection, and she has been a finalist on the British SFA, Pushcart, Stoker, Dwarf Stars and Rhysling ballots. Sweet Poison, her collaboration with Marge Simon, came out from Dark Renaissance in 2014. She lives in Berea, Ohio, with her scientist-writer husband, Geoffrey A. Landis.

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog, Her poems have appeared in Dreams & Nightmares, Star*Line, and Enchanted Conversation.

Nick Wood is a South African clinical psychologist, with around twenty short stories previously published in Interzone, Infinity Plus, AfroSF, PostScripts, Redstone Science Fiction, Fierce Family, and How to Live On Other Planets, amongst others. His YA speculative fiction novella The stone chameleon was published in South Africa and his debut novel Azanian Bridges is due to be published in the UK in 2016 by NewCon Press. He has completed an MA in Creative Writing (SF & Fantasy) through Middlesex University, London and is currently training clinical psychologists in London, England. He can be found at @nick45wood or

K. Ceres Wright received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. Wright’s science fiction poem, “Doomed,” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her work has appeared in Diner Stories, Hazard Yet Forward, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction, The 2008 Rhysling Anthology, Far Worlds, The Dark God’s Gift, and Many Genres, One Craft. Find her at or on Twitter @KCeresWright.

Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English. He authored four poetry chapbooks including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014). You can see more of his work on his blog at

About the Editor

Joanne Merriam is the owner and publisher of Upper Rubber Boot Books. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and lived thereabouts for her first three decades. In 2001, she quit her job as the Executive Assistant of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia to travel Canada by train, and then parts of the Northeastern and Southern United States. Her first book of poetry, The Glaze from Breaking, was written, in part, about those travels. In 2004, she immigrated to the USA, where she has lived in Kentucky and New Hampshire, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Joanne Merriam’s poetry and fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including The Antigonish Review, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, The Furnace Review, Grain, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, The Mainichi Daily News, Per Contra, Riddle Fence, Room of One’s Own, Strange Horizons and Vallum Contemporary Poetry, as well as in the anthologies Ice: new writing on hockey, To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax and The Allotment: New Lyric Poets. She most recently edited How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens and co-edited Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good with H. L. Nelson. Visit her at


26 July 2016

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens

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About this book:

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers. A diverse book, it comprises writers from the US, Canada, Hungary, India, Laos, New Zealand, Malaysia, Ukraine, Switzerland, South Africa, the Philippines and the UK.

In these pages, you’ll find Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker’s robot grandmother, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl’s prison planet and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu’s space- and time-spanning story of different kinds of ghosts. You’ll find Bryan Thao Worra’s Cthulhic poetry, and Pinckney Benedict’s sad, whimsical tale of genocide. You’ll travel to Frankfurt, to the moon, to Mars, to the underworld, to unnamed alien planets, under the ocean, through clusters of asteroids. You’ll land on the fourth planet from the star Deneb, and an alternate universe version of Earth, and a world of Jesuses.

The most compelling fiction articulates the unsaid, the unbearable, and the incomprehensible; these stories say things about the immigration experience that a lecture never could. The purpose of this book is, first and foremost, to entertain the casual and the sophisticated reader, but its genesis is a response to the question: Who do we become when we live with the unfamiliar?

Table of Contents:

  • Dean Francis Alfar, “Ohkti”
  • Celia Lisset Alvarez, “Malibu Barbie Moves to Mars”
  • RJ Astruc, “A Believer’s Guide to Azagarth”
  • Lisa Bao, “like father, like daughter”
  • Pinckney Benedict, “Zog-19: A Scientific Romance”
  • Lisa Bolekaja, “The Saltwater African”
  • Mary Buchinger, “Transplanted”
  • Zen Cho, “The Four Generations of Chang E”
  • Tina Connolly, “Turning the Apples”
  • Indrapramit Das, “muo-ka’s Child”
  • Tom Doyle, “The Floating Otherworld”
  • Peg Duthie, “With Light-Years Come Heaviness”
  • Thomas Greene, “Zero Bar”
  • Benjamin S. Grossberg, “The Space Traveler’s Husband,” “The Space Traveler and the Promised Planet” and “The Space Traveler and Boston”
  • Minal Hajratwala, “The Unicorn at the Racetrack”
  • Julie Bloss Kelsey, “tongue lashing” and “the itch of new skin”
  • Rose Lemberg, “The Three Immigrations”
  • Ken Liu, “Ghost Days”
  • Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Found”
  • Anil Menon, “Into The Night”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Little Ambushes”
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Jump Space”
  • Daniel José Older, “Phantom Overload”
  • Abbey Mei Otis, “Blood, Blood”
  • Sarah Pinsker, “The Low Hum of Her”
  • Elyss G. Punsalan, “Ashland”
  • Benjamin Rosenbaum, “The Guy Who Worked For Money”
  • Erica L. Satifka, “Sea Changes”
  • Nisi Shawl, “In Colors Everywhere”
  • Lewis Shiner, “Primes”
  • Marge Simon, “South”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “Di Vayse Pave”
  • Bogi Takács, “The Tiny English-Hungarian Phrasebook For Visiting Extraterrestrials”
  • Bryan Thao Worra, “Dead End In December” and “The Deep Ones”
  • Deborah Walker, “Speed of Love”
  • Nick Wood, “Azania”

Contributor Bios:

Dean Francis Alfar is a fictionist, playwright and the publisher of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, beginning with the first volume in 2005. His fiction has appeared in The Time Traveler’s Almanac, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit: Menagerie, The Apex Book of World SF, and the Exotic Gothic anthologies, among others. His books include a novel, Salamanca, and two collections of short fiction, The Kite of Stars and other stories and How to Traverse Terra Incognita.

Celia Lisset Alvarez holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Miami and teaches at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Her debut collection of poetry, Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006), was the recipient of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award. A second collection, The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006) followed that same year. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies. Born in Madrid of Cuban parents en route to the United States, she grew up in Miami, where she lives with her husband, Cuban-American literary scholar and fellow poet Rafael Miguel Montes.

RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand and has written two novels: Harmonica + Gig and A Festival of Skeletons. RJ’s short stories have appeared in many magazines including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, ASIM, Aurealis and Midnight Echo, as well as the short story collection Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2013).

Lisa Bao is Chinese, Canadian, and American to various degrees. She studies linguistics and computer science at Swarthmore College. Her poetry has previously been published in Strange Horizons and Eye to the Telescope.

Pinckney Benedict grew up in rural West Virginia. He has published a novel and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story. Benedict serves as a professor in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Octavia E. Butler Scholar Lisa Bolekaja is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, and a member of the Carl Brandon Society. She co-hosts a screenwriting podcast called “Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriters Rant Room” and her work has appeared in “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History” (Crossed Genres Publishing), as well as “The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 8” (Aqueduct Press). Her story “Don’t Dig Too Deep” will be in the upcoming Red Volume, an anthology of speculative fiction produced by her Clarion 2012 class with all proceeds going to support the Clarion Foundation.

Mary Buchinger is the author of Aerialist (Gold Wake Press, 2015; shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Perugia Press Prize). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Cortland Review, DIAGRAM, Fifth Wednesday, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts. You can find her at

Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and now lives in London. Her short story collection Spirits Abroad was published in summer 2014. Her short fiction has appeared most recently in anthologies End of the Road from Solaris Books, Love in Penang from Fixi Novo, and The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic. She was a 2013 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Tina Connolly’s stories have appeared in Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, Rich Horton’s Unplugged: Year’s Best Online SF and URB’s Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days. Her books include the Nebula-nominated fantasy Ironskin (Tor, 2012) and its sequel Copperhead.

Indrapramit Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s and Apex Magazine, as well as anthologies The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books) and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (Rosarium Publishing). His short story “The Widow and the Xir” is available as an ebook from URB. He is a grateful graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Award to attend the former. He completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia.

Tor Books published Tom Doyle’s first novel, American Craftsmen, in 2014. His novelette “While Ireland Holds These Graves” won third place in the Writers of the Future contest, and his novelette “The Wizard of Macatawa” (Paradox #11) won the WSFA Small Press Award. His stories have also appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Futurismic, and several other magazines. Paper Golem published his short fiction collection, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories.

Peg Duthie is a Taiwanese Texan resident of Tennessee. She is the author of Measured Extravagance (Upper Rubber Boot, 2012), and there’s more about her at

Tom Greene was born in Texas, grew up as a biracial Anglo/Latino science nerd, then moved to New England to study British Literature. He works as a full-time English professor and part-time lecturer on vampire literature. Recent publications include short stories in Analog, Polluto and Strange Horizons. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and two cats.

Benjamin S. Grossberg is the author of Space Traveler (University of Tampa Press, 2014), Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009, winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award), Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2007). His poems have appeared in many venues including the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. He teaches creative writing at The University of Hartford.

Minal Hajratwala has inhabited San Francisco, New Zealand, Michigan, Bangalore, and several other earth sites. Her nonfiction epic, Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, won four literary awards. She is the editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India and creatrix of a one-woman performance extravaganza, Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium. Her poetry collection Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment is forthcoming in 2014. Educated at Stanford and Columbia, she was a 2010-11 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar. She is a writing coach and co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, publishing innovative poetry from India, and can be found at

Julie Bloss Kelsey started writing scifaiku in 2009, after the birth of her third child. Her short science fiction poems have since appeared in Scifaikuest, Seven by Twenty, microcosms, Eye to the Telescope, and other publications. She won the Dwarf Stars Award in 2011 for her poem “Comet.” Julie lives in Maryland with her husband, kids, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Connect with her on Twitter (@MamaJoules).

Rose Lemberg was born in Ukraine, and lived in subarctic Russia before immigrating to Israel with her family in 1990. She moved countries again in 2001, this time to the US, for graduate school. She officially became an immigrant in 2010, after living in the US for 9 years as a nonresident alien. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, and other venues. For more information, visit

An author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer, Ken Liu is a winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. His debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, will be published by Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint in 2015, along with a collection of short stories. He’s online at

Alex Dally MacFarlane is a writer, editor and historian. When not researching narrative maps in the legendary traditions of Alexander III of Macedon, she writes stories, found in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction and other anthologies. She is the editor of Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books, 2013) and The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (Constable & Robinson, 2014).

Anil Menon’s short stories have appeared in Albedo One, Chiaroscuro, Interzone, Interfictions, LCRW, Sybil’s Garage, Strange Horizons, among other publications. His debut novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan Books, India) was nominated for the 2010 Parallax Prize and the Vodafone-Crossword award. Along with Vandana Singh, he co-edited Breaking the Bow (Zubaan Books, 2012), an anthology of speculative short fiction inspired by the Ramayana.

Editor Joanne Merriam is a Nova Scotian writer living in Nashville, Tennessee, and runs Upper Rubber Boot Books. Her writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Escape Pod, On Spec, Pank, Per Contra, Strange Horizons, and The Journal of Unlikely Entomology. Her poetry collection, The Glaze from Breaking, was published by Stride Books in 2005 and was re-issued by URB in 2011. She is also the co-editor, with H. L. Nelson, of Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good.

Mary Anne Mohanraj wrote Bodies in Motion (a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and translated into six languages) and nine other titles, most recently The Stars Change (Circlet Press, 2013). Mohanraj received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and has also won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Mohanraj is Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois. She serves as Executive Director of DesiLit.

Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest-edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at and @djolder on Twitter.

Abbey Mei Otis likes people and art forms on the margins. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She has taught poetry in the DC public schools with the DC Creative Writing Workshop, and is now a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

Sarah Pinsker is a writer and musician living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her fiction has been published in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the Long Hidden anthology, among others. Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” was nominated for the Nebula and won the 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

Manila-based Elyss G. Punsalan runs her own video production company. Some of her fiction can be found in the anthologies Philippine Speculative Fiction (Volumes 3, 6, and 9), Philippine Genre Stories, A Time for Dragons, HORROR: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, and the webzine Bewildering Stories. At one point in her life, she produced and hosted the monthly Filipino audio fiction site Pakinggan Pilipinas (

Benjamin Rosenbaum lives near Basel, Switzerland with his wife and children. His stories have been published in Nature, Harper’s, F&SF, Asimov’s, McSweeney’s, and Strange Horizons, translated into 23 languages, and nominated for Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Locus, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon Awards. He has collaborated with artist Ethan Ham on several art/literary hybrids. Find out more at

Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and the Greek magazine supplement εννέα. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at

Nisi Shawl’s collection Filter House was a 2009 James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner; her stories have been published in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and both volumes of the Dark Matter series. She was the 2011 Guest of Honor at the feminist SF convention WisCon and a 2014 co-Guest of Honor for the Science Fiction Research Association. She co-authored the renowned Writing the Other: A Practical Approach with Cynthia Ward, and co-edited the nonfiction anthology Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. Shawl’s Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming in 2015 from Tor Books. Her website is

Lewis Shiner’s latest novel is Dark Tangos (Subterranean Press, 2011). Previous novels include Frontera and Deserted Cities of the Heart, both Nebula Award finalists, and the World Fantasy Award-winning Glimpses. He’s also published four short story collections, journalism, and comics. Virtually all of his work is available for free download at

Marge Simon’s works appear in Strange Horizons, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares and other places. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award™(2008, 2012 & 2013), the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. Collections: Like Birds in the Rain, Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, and Dangerous Dreams. Find her at

Sonya Taaffe’s short fiction and poetry can be found in the collections Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime Books), Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime Books), and A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria Press), and in anthologies including Aliens: Recent Encounters, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase, and The Best of Not One of Us. She is currently senior poetry editor at Strange Horizons; she holds master’s degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and once named a Kuiper belt object. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats.

Bogi Takács is a Hungarian Jewish author, a psycholinguist and a popular-science journalist. E writes both speculative fiction and poetry, and eir works have been published or are forthcoming in a variety of venues like Strange Horizons, Apex and GigaNotoSaurus, among others. E is online at

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in England, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction and The Year’s Best SF 18.

A South African clinical psychologist, Nick Wood has short stories in AfroSF, Interzone, Infinity Plus, PostScripts, Redstone Science Fiction and the Newcon Press anthology, Subterfuge, amongst other publications. His YA speculative novel, The stone chameleon, was published in South Africa. Nick has completed an MA in Creative Writing (SF & Fantasy) through Middlesex University, London and is currently training clinical psychologists in Hertfordshire, England. He can be found: @nick45wood or

Bryan Thao Worra is an award-winning Lao-American writer. An NEA Fellow in literature, he is a professional member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His work appears internationally, including in Innsmouth Free Press, Tales of the Unanticipated, Illumen, Astropoetica, Outsiders Within, Dark Wisdom, and Mad Poets of Terra. He is the author of the books of speculative poetry On the Other Side of the Eye, Barrow, and Demonstra. Visit him online at

Stories and poems from the book available online:


Suffice it to say, the stories and poems in this collection are, for the most part, exceptional at addressing a related theme and in exploring the social effects of immigration and alienation. Collected together, they make for a memorable themed anthology.

—Shaun Duke, How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam, Strange Horizons, 27 April 2015

This collection explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers (including DARK MATTER faves Lisa Bolekaja, Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older to name just a few). DARK MATTERS was wildly enthused…

—Dark Matters Talks To Joanne Merriam About “How to Live on Other Planets”, Dark Matters, 27 April 2015

All of these stories have previously appeared in major genre magazines or other anthologies, so serious science fiction fans will have encountered at least some of these stories before. However, the book is still worth buying, and the gnomes highly recommend it to both serious fans of the genre and newcomers to science fiction.

Rating: 5 Gnomes out of 5

—Jennifer Mitchell, Review: How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, Gnome Reviews, 15 April 2015

should make you smile

—Cory Doctorow, Links: Immigrant experience science fiction; principal calls FBI over flag-tossing; Sriracha doesn’t want trademarks, Boing Boing, 13 February 2015

16 March 2015

140 And Counting

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Plucky underdog online journal Seven by Twenty is an online magazine using Twitter as its publishing platform, for readers at home and on mobile devices, which started publishing weekdaily in July 2009. Seven by Twenty specializes in literary and speculative writing that fits in a tweet – they mostly publish haiku and related forms (like scifaiku and senryu), and cinquains and American sentences, and very, very, very short stories.

140 And Counting is a collection of the best twitter literature from the first two years of the journal’s history, on relationships, nature, work, animals, seasons, science fiction and fantasy, and mortality: 141 clever little allotments of literature by 119 authors in 1 exquisite ebook!


What should appeal to the average reader is that most of the poems will not read like the haiku so many dislike because it seems to say nothing quickly. These poems, for the most part, are well crafted and thoughtful. The best of these caused me to stop and replay them in my mind.

The stories here also work like good poems, jabbing at the senses, the heart, and the mind like a dagger making quick work of our preconceived notions about fiction. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself chuckling one minute and gasping the next.

—Michael Neal Morris, “Bookmarks–140 And Counting,” Monk Notes, 6 June 2012.

As a collection of work from a modern medium, then, i find that this is an excellent work, with much to be appreciated…

—Elsie Wilson, “Another poetry review,” 2 April 2012.

It is a selection of sayings, necessarily short, from Twitter, and very appealing and absorbing. I have been an ardent fan of Twitter for over a year, and a more recent convert to Haiku. Why write a hundred words when ten can express the same thought and capture the same evocative image?

—Elizabeth Spradbery, on French Phrases, 4 March 2012.

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140 And Counting Contributors

Seven by Twenty is an online magazine using Twitter as its publishing platform. Here is a collection of the best twitter literature from the first two years of the journal’s history, on relationships, nature and the night, work, animals, seasons, science fiction and fantasy, and mortality, by 119 authors from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Contributors for 140 And Counting:

Carolyn Agee (@AgeeC) is an actress and author living in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent and forthcoming credits include Four & Twenty, Cuento Magazine and The Healing Muse. Find her at

Francis W. Alexander‘s (@FWAlexander) work can be seen in House of Horror, Night to Dawn, Deadication and Scifaikuest, and he is the author of While Treating My Lady at Zom’s Rib Shack, the Waiter Inquired How I Escaped the Pot.

Elise Atchison lives in the mountains of Montana. She is currently working on a novel. For more information, please visit

Wendy Babiak (@wendybabiak) lives to wonder. First book of poems: Conspiracy of Leaves. Find her at

Widely published in poetry and fiction, Richard Baldasty has zine work archived online at Antipodean SF and Twitter verse at escarp.

Bendi Barrett (@Bendied) is a poet living near Chicago. Visit him at “Come in and loosen your tie…” originally appeared in escarp.

Elizabeth Barrette is a writer, editor, reviewer, blogger, crowdfunder, gardener, priestess, and activist. Find her at

Between her attempts to master the elusive art of poetry, L.K. Below writes adult romance and speculative fiction. Under her full name, Lindsay Below (@LBelowtheauthor), she also pens young adult novels. Visit her at

Kevin Bishop (@kvnbishop) lives in Kirkland, Washington and writes stories from 140 characters to 80,000 words.

Nathalie Boisard-Beudin (@spacedlaw) is a French lawyer having way too much fun with words, pictures and food. Her published works are listed and linked in the side bar at either or

Robert Borski lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. His first collection of poetry, Blood Wallah & Other Poems, is available from Dark Regions Press.

In 2010, Helen Buckingham had four collections published: three solely of her own work (water on the moon and mirrormoon, both Original Plus Press, UK and chapbook christmas city by Othername Press, UK) and her first in collaboration with Angela Leuck (turning fifty, published by Angela in Canada). 2011 saw her second in conjunction with Angela (little purple universes) and her first collection containing both eastern and western genres (Armadillo Basket, Waterloo Press, UK). “siesta” first appeared in Roadrunner VIII:3, August 2008.

Sue Burke lives and writes in Madrid, Spain. More at

Timothy Collinson (@timpaa) first encountered haiku in grade school whilst living in Virginia Beach. He likes the way it makes him stop and appreciate nature while the world whizzes past. He also writes haiku under the pseudonym tc. He occasionally contributes to Presence and has had a couple of small exhibitions of his work in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England.

Dawn Corrigan has published poems and prose in a number of print and online journals. She lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Helen E. Davis (@dragonwriter62) is still married and still writing when she isn’t dodging tornadoes. She lives in Ohio with her family and her cats. Find her at

Vancouverite Michael Donoghue (@mpdonoghue) loves infomercials, people watching and procrastination.

Andrew O. Dugas (@haiku_andy) has been published in LITNIMAGE, Fiction 365, Instant City, Flatmancrooked, and The SOMA Literary Review. More at and daily haiku at

Peg Duthie (@zirconium) sharpens, condenses, herds, and massages words as a copyeditor and indexer. Find her at “You can tell which side of the moon…” first appeared in microcosms. Her chapbook Measured Extravagance is forthcoming from Upper Rubber Boot.

Norwegian fiction writer Berit Ellingsen (@BeritEllingsen) has had work appear in various online literary journals and print anthologies. Berit’s first novel is The Empty City; see more at

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey and has published numerous poems in print and online journals throughout the world, as well as in five chapbooks.

Deborah Finkelstein‘s “locked out…” was originally in 3 Lights Gallery. Find her at

Kaolin Fire (@kaolinfire) is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. Outside of his primary occupation, he also develops computer games ; edits ; and very occasionally teaches computer science.

Lebanese American Brenda J. Gannam has won a number of awards for her haiku and senryu published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, in print and online. She has served as coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and the Spring Street Haiku Group in New York.

R. Gatwood is concise. “Were the candles for wax play…” first appeared in Nanoism. “Smooth, perfect snow…” first appeared in Cuento Magazine.

D. Gilson (@dgilson) is an MFA candidate at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, though he’s a Midwest boy, always and forever.

Dennis Y. Ginoza lives on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington State. He blogs at

Caroline Halliwell (@Caroline_Writer) is a poet, photographer, writer, and blogger. She is a lover of antiquarian books and an information and new media enthusiast. Currently she is editing her mystery novel.

Shawn Hansen (@Shawn_Writes) prefers the dark and frolics with things that go BUMP in the night. Her work lives at

After a lifetime in and around New York City, David M. Harris moved to Middle Tennessee for love. He also started writing poetry. Both projects seem to be working out.

A. Jarrell Hayes (@ajh_books) writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of several novels and poetry collections. Find him at

Autumn Hayes (@autumnatic_daze) is a freelance writer, creative writing teacher, and poet who always roots for the middledog.

Evi Hoste (@evihoste) often lives on trains that cross the country. The mystifying results of this are a slightly addled brain and caffeine addiction. Find her at

C.E. Hyun (@ce_hyun) is a law student. Her short stories have appeared in The Red Penny Papers, Nanoism, and the British Fantasy Society’s BFS Journal. Her website is

T. D. Ingram (@haikujots) has had poems in Ambrosia, Atlas Poetica, Handful of Stones, Notes From the Gean, River of Stones, Sketchbook, South by Southeast and Tinywords. “midnight swim…” was in SxSE Vol. 14 #1, and “branches scratch…” was in SxSE Vol. 17 #2. Find him at

Born to a young couple living in a basement in an urban slum, Judy B. Jacobs now lives and writes the occasional poem in the rural splendor of Middle Tennessee. She lives with her spouse, child, and numerous members of other species, both domestic and uninvited. “shiny and rolling …” was originally published at the now-vanished

Jax lives in Plymouth, UK, and has had quite a few short stories, poems and articles accepted for publication.

J. A. Johnson (@j_a_johnson) lives in Minneapolis with his wife and twin sons. Find him at

Alexander B. Joy (@Lexcelsior) is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst.

Jim Kacian is the founder of The Haiku Foundation, and owner of Red Moon Press. “the river…” first appeared in his Six Directions (La Alameda Press, 1997) and “the cold night…” first appeared in Modern Haiku.

Heather Kamins (@shakieranthem) writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry, 580 Split, Alehouse, and the Rat’s Ass Review, and her chapbook Blueshifting is available from Upper Rubber Boot.

Beth Katte (@bethblackbird) can be found at

S. Kay is some type of @blueberrio. Her stories have appeared in the anthology On A Narrow Windowsill and numerous Twitter zines.

Julie Bloss Kelsey (@MamaJoules) enjoys writing short form poetry. Find her at

Simon Kewin (@SimonKewin) writes fiction, poetry and software. He blogs about writing at He likes his coffee black and strong.

Past President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Deborah P. Kolodji is editor of Amaze. “lemon blossoms…” was originally in tinywords.

David Kopaska-Merkel (@DavidKM) describes rocks for the State of Alabama. He won the Rhysling award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best long poem (2006) for a collaboration with Kendall Evans, and edits Dreams & Nightmares ( He became President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association on July 1, 2011.

Richard Kriheli edits @splitquarterly, designs @liquidboylabs & works a day job @rga. He’s husband to @malathip and papa to Zion.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, CA. Two of his short stories are MWA Notables, and his novel, Vow of Silence, is available from Trytium.

Playwright and director Jeremy Lewit (@jeremylewit) blogs daily poetry at He has also been published by escarp.

Freelance writer Chen-ou Liu (@ericcoliu)’s haiku and tanka have been honored with 24 awards. Find him at “the cooing…” was first published in Concise Delight, #2, Winter 2009.

Ken Liu (@kyliu99) has been published in F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s, among other places. An earlier version of his story appeared in Thaumatrope. Find him at

Lisa Tang Liu (@pigmentia) lives with her husband (Ken Liu, who also has a piece in this anthology), daughter, and cat. An earlier version of “Concrete Steps” appeared on Her website is

Tess Almendarez Lojacono‘s first novel, Milagros, is available from Laughing Cactus Press: Read excerpts from her new book at

Aurelio Rico Lopez III (@ThirdyLopez) hails from the Philippines. He’s an avid fan of all things weird.

Maya Malhar (@small_veracity) is a dreamer and masquerades as a poet and writer.

C. Martinez is a cheerful tea addict who hails from a Colorado suburb. Find the weird in the mundane says she. Find her at

An Mayou (@perlygates) is a writer of things, a lover of wisdom, even if it’s not true. Her cloud-self loves drifting through words.

Editor of Psychic Meatloaf, George McKim has had poetry in multiple periodicals including REM Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, The Dirty Napkin, Blaze Vox, pigeon bike and Carcinogenic Poetry. His artwork has been exhibited in group gallery and museum shows and has been accepted for publication in Drunken Boat, Muzzle Magazine, Monarch Review, Otoliths, Portland Review Online, Viral Cat and Breadcrumb Scabs Poetry Journal.

Rob McKnight lives with his family in Northern Virginia. His Twitter fiction sometimes appears at @ramfic and has been republished in Seven By Twenty, Folded Word and Thaumatrope.

Fiction writer and poet Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz (@gwjomi) currently writes from the desert but is headed toward snow before the year’s end.

Dave Moore (@daveontheradio) is a radio personality for Philly’s B101. He’s a regular in Philadelphia Poets Journal.

Jason Everett Morris (@jasonevermorr) writes speculative oddities in a bonbon encrusted house dress. In answer to Hemingway — For sale: infant’s casket. Never used.

Christina Murphy‘s writing appears in a number of journals including ABJECTIVE, MiPOesias, PANK, and POOL: A Journal of Poetry. Her work has received Special Mention for a Pushcart Prize.

An internationally published poet and short story writer from Cyprus, Nora Nadjarian (@NoraNadj) has had work recently in the anthologies Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and Being Human (Bloodaxe Books). Her new book of short stories, Girl, Wolf, Bones, is available from Folded Word (USA) at and her microfiction book Twenty Days in Torino is available from twenty20 Publishing. Find her at

Elena Naskova was born and raised in Macedonia, and lives in Seattle. She writes mostly haiku and plays. “one more step to the top…” was originally in tinywords.

Peter Newton (@ThePeterNewton) is a poet and stained glass artist living in rural Massachusetts. A member of the editorial team at, his work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals. Peter’s collection of haiku, What We Find, is a letterpress book published in November 2011.

Freeman Ng has been posting one new haiku every day to since July 2010.

Christina Nguyen (@TinaNguyen) is a MN writer & poet whose recent work appeared in American Tanka, Frogpond, Gusts, Moonbathing, red lights, tinywords and other journals. “the banana sticker…” was originally published in Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka (Issue 5: Winter 2011).

Vietnamese-American poet and post-baccalaureate nursing student Kathy Nguyen (@alotus_poetry) has had work in various publications including Pay Attention: A River of Stones, Catzilla!, Spiraling Thrice, All Things Girl E-zine, Four and Twenty, Seven by Twenty, Cats with Thumbs, and Physiognomy in Letters. Find her at

Three years ago, Shelley Ontis (@skayontis) couldn’t have imagined she’d ever say “Hey, I just tweeted!” without giggling and blushing.

Jessica Otto (@skyllairae) lives in Arkansas with her husband and many cats. Her poetry has been featured in The Camel Saloon, a handful of stones, 50 to 1 and 7×20. She edits trapeze magazine (@trapezemag), a twitter based magazine of surreal and speculative fiction and poetry. Her e-chapbook Wormwood was published by Ten Pages Press in April 2011 and her poem of the same title was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.

Casey Parry (@caseyparry) lives alliteratively with family, felines, fish, and fowl in a Fenland university town. Her work has appeared in Discovering a Comet and More Micro-Fiction (Leaf Books, 2008) as well as in Thaumatrope, Tweet the Meat, and others. Find her at

Vaidehi Patil (@cerulean_green) works and lives in Pune, India. She is a graphic designer who loves to write, and collect old maps and interesting trivia. Find her at

An MFA student at UNC Greensboro, Julia Patt (@chidorme) has recently had work in The Medulla Review and Bards & Sages Quarterly. She loves Twitter.

Rebecca J. Payne (@rebeccajpayne) is a science fiction and fantasy author from Cambridge, England. Her work has appeared in Interzone and Ethereal Tales.

Jimmy the Peach (@JimmythePeach), Peach to his friends, lives in New Maine and is a published poet, author and songwriter. His haiku can be seen every day at

A North Georgia accountant and business student by day, Cheryl Phipps writes music reviews, poetry and songs and watches sports in every other waking moment. Sometimes she dabbles with paint or colored pencils.

Stella Pierides (@stellapierides) was born in Greece and now divides her time between London and Munich. Her poetry, short stories and non-fiction have been included in anthologies, in print and online magazines, and in books. Find her at

Jonathan Pinnock (@jonpinnock) is. For the moment, at any rate.

Carol Raisfeld (@carol_red) has had poetry, art and photography appear worldwide in print, online journals, and anthologies. Find her at

Meredith Ralston is just another soulless ginger, wreaking havoc and scattering pink oleander blossoms in her wake as she drives.

Doug Robertson (@Brevity24) is a real lawyer—at least he managed to convince the people at the bar.

Ana Cristina Rodrigues (@anacrisrod) is a Brazilian historian/writer/translator. “The alchemist burned…” originally appeared in Thaumatrope.

Matt S (@mswriting) is from a small town in Atlantic Canada. He is currently living overseas.

Founder and director the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College, Miriam Sagan is the author of over twenty books, including Map of the Lost (UNM Press). Find her at

Steven Saus (@uriel1998) injects people with radioactive stuff, writes, teaches, and publishes. Find him at

Ray Scanlon (@oldmanscanlon) lives in Massachusetts. He has grandchildren and other good luck. He’s at

Australian poet Nicola Scholes is currently researching a PhD on representations of the maternal in Allen Ginsberg’s poetry at the University of Queensland. Her first book of poems is Dear Rose (Small Change Press, 2009).

Alexa Selph is a native of Atlanta, GA, where she works as a freelance book editor. For the past ten years she has taught classes in poetry in the adult education program at Emory University. “full moon…” originally appeared in tinywords.

John Sheirer (@JohnSheirer) is a teacher and the author of several books. He can be found at

David G. Shrock (@dracotorre) lives in the Pacific Northwest where he works as a software developer and writes science-fantasy fiction.

Marge Simon writes poetry and edits Star*Line and stuff. That’s about all there is to say.

Grzegorz Sionkowski lives in Torun, Poland. He writes haiku in English and translates haiku from Japanese to Polish.

Lucas Stensland (@HaikuCowboy1) is co-author of the poetry collection my favorite thing (2011, bottle rockets): He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Townes Van Zandt.

John Stevenson is Managing Editor of The Heron’s Nest. “May sun…” originally appeared at in The Heron’s Nest in 2004.

Richard Stevenson‘s most recent books are a juvenile novel, The Haunting of Amos Manor (Palimpsest Press/ Magpie Books imprint, 2011) and a collection of haiku and senryu for teens Casting Out Nines (Ekstasis Editions, 2011).

John Stone is a musician who writes things down. Sometimes they are published, sometimes not. Either way, he’s cool with it. “midday moon” originally appeared in tinywords.

If Ennio Morricone had a miracle baby with the ghost of Basil Poledouris, that baby would be the soundtrack to Kevin Wolf Stone.

Japan Times award-winning writer Alan Summers founded With Words, a UK-based provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres, which will be publishing his pamphlet The Sneeze of a One-eyed Dog in 2012. “a small death…” has appeared in Mosaic Anthology (Bath Spa University 2009); Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 (MET Press 2010); and The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010 (Strand Publishing 2010) and “sometimes…” in Blithe Spirit (vol. 20 no. 3 2010, British Haiku Society).

Simon Sylvester‘s collection 140 Characters is an ebook available through @cargopublishing. He writes new stories daily as @simonasylvester.

James Tanner lives in Texas. “Hurt Metropolis” previously appeared in

Liverpool-based Andrew Taylor (@dradny) is online at His book The Sound of Light Aircraft is available from Knives forks and Spoons Press.

Brian Trent is a freelance writer and screenwriter with work in numerous magazines. Find him at

A retired editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Charles Trumbull has written haiku and been active in haiku organizations and publications since 1991. “real estate sales pitch…” originally appeared in tinywords.

Chuck Von Nordheim lives in Dayton, OH, but spends his summers in Lawrence, KS, taking workshops at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. His poetry has also appeared in Scifaikuest and Sorcerous Signals.

Alex von Vaupel (@alexvonvaupel) lives in Utrecht, Netherlands, with his many dictionaries and a balcony veg garden. His tanka have appeared in Atlas Poetica, Concise Delight and Prune Juice. “at night the hospice…” appeared in Atlas Poetica 9 (Summer 2011), and “too drunk to tell’ appeared in Take Five, Best Contemporary Tanka, Vol 3. Two of his tanka won a Tanka Splendor Award in 2009. Find him at

Deborah Walker (@deboree) lives in London with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find her in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration.

Bill Waters posts haiku, senryu, and tanka on Twitter as @Bill312. His haiku “I put down my book” has appeared there and in 7×20. Bill and his wife, Nancy, live in Pennington, N.J., with their two amazing cats.

Canadian Darusha Wehm (@darusha) lives and sails on her sailboat. She’s currently in the South Pacific, where she writes short stories and novels.

Ben White writes @midnightstories and edits @nanoism, both ongoing collections of ultra-brief fiction on Twitter.

Celia White is a poet and librarian in Buffalo, New York. She has published several chapbooks and a book, Letter.

Neal Whitman has published more than 300 poems. In 2011 he won White Buffalo’s Chief’s Choice Award and was a finalist in the Common Ground Review Contest. “awake? if so joy” first appeared in Eat Your Words. “stop to tie my shoe” originally appeared in Ambrosia. His chapbook Blyth’s Spirit is available from Haiku Pix (

A poet from Yorkshire, England, Liam Wilkinson (@ldwilkinson) is the editor of the popular micropoetry journal Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka.

Alison Williams (@tadpole99) lives on the south coast of England and is a fan of all that is concise, pithy and succinct.

Kath Abela Wilson leads Poets on Site in Pasadena, CA. “museum exhibit…” was published in the 2007 Southern California Haiku Study Group anthology.

One of the winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s (SFPA) 2011 Dwarf Stars Award, Stephen M. Wilson edits @microcosms and San Joaquin Delta College’s literary journal Artifact.

Sabra Wineteer grew up in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. She has since lived in England, New Zealand, Germany, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and currently lives in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in TWINS Magazine, storySouth, and The Rumpus. She is the 2012 recipient of the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award.

Steven Wolfe (@soporific) lives at, or houston.tx in meatspace. His nanowork has appeared in 7×20, Opium, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere.

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140 And Counting is edited by Joanne Merriam (@joannemerriam), who is also the editor of Seven by Twenty. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Per Contra and Strange Horizons. She lives in Nashville with her husband, three angry rabbits and one happy one. Find her at

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empty cities

140 And Counting contributors…

Carolyn Agee has three poems coming out in October 2011 issues of Contemporary Literary Review: India (“Forced“), Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (“Dry Bones Casting Shadow”) and The Healing Muse (“A2113”), and micro-fiction pieces in 7×20 and Cuento Magazine.

Peg Duthie has provided cover art for Issue 13 of Prime Number Magazine.

Berit Ellingsen has been interviewed by blogger and writer Chris Galvin about her novel The Empty City. We also missed a few of her September publications when they came out: “Boyfriend and Shark” in Coffinmouth and “Winter Story” in Staccato Fiction.

Duane Gilson won the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Catch & Release. It will be published in April 2012.

C. E. Hyun‘s short story “Leigh and William Hush” appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Red Penny Papers.

Deborah P. Kolodji has a haiku in the print edition Autumn 2011 issue of Modern Haiku. She has reprinted it in her blog.

One of Julie Bloss Kelsey‘s scifaiku poems was nominated for the 2011 Dwarf Stars Award. The nominees will be published in a chapbook-style book in a month or so.

Nora Nadjarian‘s story “Breadcrumbs” from her chapbook “Girl, Wolf, Bones” (Folded Word, 2011) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Elena Naskova has a play in the Seattle Playwrights Collective‘s Page to Stage showcase, for which a Kickstarter appeal is live for the next six days, to make up for waining funding.

Christina Nguyen is now the editorial assistant for Atlas Poetica, one of our favourite tanka journals.

Jonathan Pinnock‘s “Rare Meat” is in print and audio (read by Greg Page) at Liars’ League. He’s also been interviewed by the St Albans & Harpenden Review about his recently released Austen satire Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens.

Deborah Walker and Aurelio Rico Lopez III have fiction in the fourth issue of Abandoned Towers, scheduled to go live on November 1st.

Steven R. Wolfe has a (what else?) postcard short in Postcard Shorts.

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bullfrog choruses

140 And Counting contributors…

Francis W. Alexander has a story in The Drabbler 19.

L.K. Below‘s Stalking Shade, which looks to be a delicious horror tale with madmen, fake vampires and secret societies that save the world, is available from Lyrical Press.

David M. Harris‘ poem “Ever After” is in issue 57 of Gargoyle.

A reprint from Nursery Rhyme Noir, David C. Kopaska-Merkel‘s short story “Hot Cross Buns” is in the Fall 2011 issue of Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature. He also has scifaiku in Scifaikuest.

Chen-ou Liu‘s senryu “bullfrog chorus” won Third Prize in the 2011 Senryu Contest and his haiku “crowded” won third prize in the Haiku Section of the New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2011 International Poetry Competition.

Editor Joanne Merriam has a fantasy novella featuring flying oppressors, bloody revolution and an afterworld staffed by therapists available at Amazon.

Christina Nguyen has haiku in the new issue (34:3) of Frogpond, the Haiku Society of America’s journal.

Shelley Ontis has a short piece in right hand pointing.

Steven Saus‘ short story “Hard Lesson” is in Three Lobed Burning Eye.

Garden of Unearthly Delights, a fantastic illustrated dark poetry collection by Marge Simon, is now out from Sam’s Dot publishing (sampler).

Deborah Walker placed second in the British Fantasy Society 2011 short story competition with “The Sea is in my Blood,” and her story “Eldritch Restoration” took first place in the David Farland/Liquid Imagination competition.

Celia White has co-authored an academic paper, “Cigarette Smoke Radioactivity and Lung Cancer Risk” for Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

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