Book review: The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber of Sumatra

I am honored once again to review a kidlit book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year, I received a charming, early-middle-grade book from Joy Sun Bear, an organization that provides “global education for kids and classrooms.” Co-written by Blanca Carranza and John Lee, with illustrations by John Lee, The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber […]

New Year reading resolutions

Russia’s in the news, the bogeyman (bogeycountry?) from my childhood, only then it was “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” from a president staunchly opposed to Russian policies and interference (not that he was a peach, either). So here at the beginning of 2019, and after thoroughly enjoying Katherine Arden’s Russian-set The Bear and the Nightingale, I […]

Book review: 3 grown-up fairytales

Just right for long, dark nights before the fire (real or electric), these three fairytales for adults kept me reading past my bedtime. Beautiful language, strange and mysterious happenings, and a sense of magic link The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Melmoth by Sarah Perry, and Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. But be […]

A residency at Elsewhere Studios!

I can hardly believe it. I have been accepted for an artist’s residency at Elsewhere Studios! Doesn’t it look magical? For a week in July 2019, my family and I will travel to Colorado, where the fam will enjoy exploring artsy mountain town of Paonia and the North Fork Valley while I work on my latest novel. […]

Three poems published

Three of my more esoteric poems have just been published in the Autumn 2018 issue of the speculative poetry journal Illumen! Speculative poetry explores the outer limits of imagination, whether fantasy, science fiction, horror, or some other alchemical concoction. I love publisher Alban Lake‘s description of what they seek for Illumen: We want your electric […]