Musical Narrative on the News

A bit of “Glider” on the news.

Out and About in September




◊ Emerging Artist Grantee Conversation on Thursday, September 20th @7pm, Creative Pinellas in Largo


◊Performing Glider live at the Studio@620 . The variety show (opera, chamber, music, acrobatics and more) starts @8 September 21st and 22nd in St. Pete


◊ Reading/signing at Tampa Bay Megacon and participating in a panel about Women in Genre on September 23rd at noon in Tampa





◊ Performance and multimedia pieces on view at the Emerging Artists exhibit at Creative Pinellas in Largo. I’ll be performing live at the Opening Reception on September 27th as well

Bare Is Up and Running

The short short Bare is up at Creative Pinellas Magazine. If you’d rather hear it click here.

Writing in a Fire

The world is full of distraction and just lately that distraction has crept into a realm of intensity new to me. So how do you write when the world is on fire?

Pride and Joy in a Bundle

I’m proud to be part of the LGBT+ storybundle for June. Besides getting a great deal and some very fine novels by indie and small press authors, you can donate a percentage of your purchase to Rainbow Railroad, helping LGBT+ folks escape state-sponsored violence. Available until June 28th.

A View from Above – Icelandic Splendor

Last month I traveled to Iceland for research and recalibration. It worked well for both.

Recalibration? As I mentioned in a recent blog, I travel not just to inform my work but so I show up in it as I would want to. Sweeping vistas certainly help. So thought I’d shared a few images.

Into the Blogosphere

I am the pleased recipient of an Emerging Artists Grant, which means I’ll be blogging for the first time. To follow that particular journey meet me here starting May 23rd.

Out and About in March

–For those attending this year’s AWP in Tampa, March 7th @7pm come check out Centenarian Vision, an AWP offsite reading features authors based in San Francisco and Tampa Bays.

–Early Risers, March 16th @8:30am I’ll be performing a selection from an upcoming audio project at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando.  I’ll be sharing time/space with Charles Vess and lewis lain who’ll be presenting their fine work as well..

–March 23rd and 24th, come enjoy and engage in Nassau at the University of the Bahamas’ Blue Flamingo Literary Festival where we’ll delve into Afrofuturism. Exact time forthcoming.


Sycorax’s Daughters Is a Stoker Award Finalist

Congrats to the editors and my fellow authors and poets for the nomination. Kudos to all this year’s nominees.

New Poetry and Prose in Sycorax’s Daughters

Three new works, “Foundling” and two poems appear in Sycorax’s Daughtersan anthology of horror works by Black women. The ebook is out today and the paperback on March 10th.

sycorax's daughters cover

Listen to the Opening of evolution®

Check out scavenged.space to hear the opening of evolution®,  the second and final book in the R/evolution duology, out in 2017.

The Rep War World Reappears in “Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets”

William Woods, the world’s oldest man and one of the talented progeny in R/evolution‘s reparation generation reappears in “Each Star a Sun to Invisible Planets.” The story is included in Stories for Chip, a tribute to SF icon, Samuel Delany.

Stores for Chip cover

Look out for William and the next reparations generation in the upcoming novel, evolution®

Smoketown Wins the Carl Brandon Parallax Award –and there’s more

I’m honored and excited to say that Smoketown won the 2011 Carl Brandon Parallax Award–and R/evolution was an honorable mention.That’s a good day in my book.

Congratulations to Andrea Hairston who won the Kindred Award and all the honorees (such good company). Here’s a link to check out the honorees http://www.carlbrandon.org/awards.html


smoketown  r-evolution carl brandonpost

Publishers Weekly Reviews Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond

PW reviewed the Mothership anthology with a shout out to yours truly, which just about made my month. They had kind words for “The Taken” one of the stories in the mosaic novel, R/evolution. I’m proud to be part of this project and amongst so many fine writers. Beyond all that though I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the stories in this anthology: 40 multicultural tales of sci fi, horror, and fantasy compiled by editors Edward Austin Hall and Bill Campbell. I’m a big fan of spec fic tomes with something for everyone, and this particular one looks to be just that. It’s out now.


“The Swell of the Cicadas” in Shades of Blue & Gray

“The Swell of the Cicadas,” a ghost story, is out now in Prime Books’ Shades of Blue & Gray. The anthology has stories by Connie Wilkins, Nick Mamatas, and many more.

More Americans were killed during the years of the Civil War (1861-1865) than any other date in history. Men shattered,women lost, families broken. In Shades of Blue & Gray, editor Steve Berman offers readers tales of the supernatural, ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit…

Shades of Blue & Gray cover

Shades of Blue & Gray cover

R/evolution on the Radio

Heads up. Radio, my romantic favorite, is still out there and this week “How the Carters Got Their Name” tripped across its waves. It was featured on the Black Tribbles show’s inaugural Octavia City  episode, a showcase of all stories and topics, Afrofuturistic. Check out it here

New Smoketown Review

Dear Author has just reviewed, Smoketown and here’s a bit of the reviewer had to say:

“The characters each had not exactly a secret, but maybe a small mystery behind them, which are  first hinted at and then revealed in each individual’s “song” which is played in the main symphony. I say “song” not because every character in the book was singing, but because at times the writing felt very musical and very passionate to me .
 . . I truly did feel that the city of Leodaire was a living breathing thing in this book; the city which was still hurting from the traumatic event of its past and which finally started healing at the end of the book.
 I really loved how the hope and darkness are both present in this story and that hope eventually prevails.”

The full review is available here.

Heiresses of Russ 2013

I’m happy to announce that my co-editor, Steve Berman, and I have made the final selections for this year’s edition of Heiresses of Russ. It’s a great list of authors and stories. We can’t wait to present them to you all. They are:

“Harrowing Emily” by Megan Arkenberg
“Reality Girl” by Richard Bowes
“The Witch Sea” by Sara Diemer
“Saint Louis 1990” by Jewelle Gomez
“Narrative Only” by Kate Harrad
“Nightfall in the Scent Garden” by Claire Humphrey
“Elm” by Jamie Killen
“Beneath Impossible Circumstances” by Andrea Kneeland
“One True Love” by Malinda Lo
“Winter Scheming” by Brit Mandelo
“Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints” by Alex Daley McFarlane
“Nine Days Seven Tears” by JL Merrow
“Oracle Gretel” by Julia Rios
“Otherwise” by Nisi Shawl
“Chang’e Dashes from the Moon” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn
“Barnstormers” by Wendy Wagner”


“Swell of the Cicadas” in Shades of Blue and Gray

“Swell of the Cicadas,” my foray into ghost stories is coming out in Prime Books’ Shades of Blue and Gray, a collection of Civil War ghost stories, due out in August 2013.

Only Then Can I Sleep Excerpt

Just posted a short reading/excerpt from Only Then Can I Sleep if you’re looking for some alien love and metamorphosis. Now back to work on the fiction album.

Girls Out Loud Music Fest

This Sept. 15th I’ll be appearing with fellow author Lynette Mae at the Girls Out Loud Music Fest in St. Pete. GOL will feature Hunter Valentine, Geri X, and a ton more talented musicians and DJs.

KGB Reading was a Great Time

Jeff was wonderful as always. Had great conversations, audience, and meal. Thanks again to Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel for the invite and to everyone who showed up. You all made it a great night. 

T-minus 5 Days Until the Fantastic Fiction Reading @KGB

Am I excited? You could say that. Back in NYC to read with the great Jeffrey Ford and revisit my old stomping grounds and good friends. It’s the perfect antidote to the Floridian heat.

“Only Then Can I Sleep” Available in Love and Darker Passions

Double Dragon has just released the Love and Darker Passions anthology.

Love and Darker Passions is a collection of provocative short stories by today’s up-and-coming authors of dark, urban and Gothic fantasy. One man falls in love with an ancient monster, another becomes enchanted by a voice that drives him to a frenzy of self-punishment, and another can’t understand three very odd days he’s spending with his girlfriend. Award-winning author Karen Duvall sends a Millennial Alice through a very different looking glass, and acclaimed author Lee Barwood sends the Sighted bard of her upcoming series into the passionate world of faerie to find a child and a special destiny. Bestseller C.E. Murphy makes her twisted fairytale tell what drives a lover into the arms of her questionable beloved, and Tenea D. Johnson works a soul-stealing spell of magic. In Love and Darker Passions, edgy and cult fantasy authors combine their talents to make us question what inspires love, why we crave revenge against those who’ve stolen love from us, and why we despair when love’s pain is lost.