Despite 2020 being a dumpster fire in so many ways, for many people, I'm grateful to the editors who published my work this year, and to my friends and colleagues who continue to do the weird and necessary work of writing. Here are the pieces I published this year:
Juked: "The Mimosa Tree"
"The woman said, I wish I would have a child as dark as the night and as bright as the moon, and she was so weary that she lay down and fell asleep right there, her cheek pressed against the grass, her arms wrapped around herself as the moon and stars kept watch."
Post Road: "In the High Prairies"
"The railroad tracks carry the smell of dead things warmed by the midday sun. In the high prairies of Montana, it’s been a cold March—but this morning a northwest wind swept in, bringing mild air that makes the ice on the trees crackle and sigh."
Wigleaf: "Fairy Tale Happy Hour"
"A frog, a hedgehog, and a wolf walk into a bar."
A Quiet Afternoon: "The Baker's Cat"
"Karina dreamed of freshly baked limpa bread made with dark rye flour, flavored with orange peel and caraway and anise. She dreamed of fluffy cardamom buns filled with whipped cream."
Longleaf Review: "The Kudzu Eaters"
"In the old days, we burned the bodies of fossils to keep warm. We loved roads so much, we drove them until we turned the rivers to oil and rock salt."
Okay Donkey: "The Jackalope in Economy Class"
"The jackalope fantasized that she and Nessie would hit it off. They probably had a lot of things in common besides being cryptids."
Malasaña: "Wendy the Fire-Eater"
"The carnival lights scattered rainbows in Wendy’s black hair, and her tattooed skin smelled like paraffin fuel."
PANK: "Two Women in the Underworld"
"I hear they started a band called The Pomegranate Seeds
with Eurydice on drums and Persephone playing guitar
They are teaching Cerberus to howl in three-part harmony"
Closet Cases: Queers On What We Wear: "Firecracker," Et Alia Press
"When I couldn’t disappear, I tried instead to sparkle as brightly as possible, to become so visible that my glamor and eccentricity were a shield."
P.S. And thank you to the editors of the Wigleaf Top 50 for longlisting my flash fiction "Convenience Store Prayer," published in 2019 by the wonderful CHEAP POP. Thank you to editors Michio Kaku and Jaime Green for listing my essay "A Funeral for Two Birds," published in 2019 in The New York Times, as Notable in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020.