After a long dry spell, I am delighted to report that I have a new poem in print in the speculative poetry journal Liminality. Here it is, and please do take a moment to peruse the other pieces as well. It's a lovely issue.
For those of you who missed my recent folklore & fiction Twitch conversation with Laura VanArendonk Baugh, you can catch the YouTube replay here:
Please join me this Tuesday evening for a live Twitch interview and chat with author Laura VanArendonk Baugh about folklore: what it is, what folklorists study, how it relates to fiction, and how we can think like folklorists about culturally sensitive issues in our writing.
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM EST
You don't need a Twitch account to listen in, but you'll need one if you'd like to participate in the conversation, and they're free.
Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about language and verbal lore with help from scholars J.L. Austin and Richard Bauman, author Frank Herbert, Swedish performers Emma Åslund and Åsa Larsson, and others. I'm also exploring the use of language and verbal lore in storycraft and providing you with an exercise on the topic. Settle in, friends! I squeezed a discussion of conspiracy theories into my newsletter schedule last month, so this is nearly a double edition.
Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in August 2020.
Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. This edition is a departure from my promised two-part discussion of language and verbal lore, which will be condensed and presented in a single edition next month. Instead, I'm answering the call of folklore scholar Phillips Stevens Jr., who argues that folklorists are uniquely qualified to address harmful collective narratives and because of this, they have "a professional and moral responsibility to share their knowledge" (Stevens Jr. 1996, 391). I'm also following the lead of Timothy Tangherlini and his fellow scholars, who write that "people are making real-world, and at times violent or dangerous, decisions based on informal stories that circulate on and across their social networks, and that conspiracy theories are a significant part of that storytelling" (Tangherlini et al. 2020, 34). With these arguments in mind, I'll endeavour to provide you with an accessible introduction to narrative scholarship on the topic of conspiracy theories and summarize my discussion with a list of questions you can use to evaluate the trustworthiness of narratives you encounter online and elsewhere.
Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in July 2020.
Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about material culture with help from the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, scholars Judith Farquhar and Simon Bronner, The Joy of Vegan Baking, and the 2005 science fiction film Serenity. I'm also discussing the use of material culture in storycraft and providing you with an exercise on the topic.
Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. At the summer and winter solstices, I mimic the sun and pause to reflect on my own creative work. In this edition, I'm discussing representation issues in fiction with a passage from my short story "D is for Duel/One Who Dies as a God Dies," which was published in the D is for Dinosaur anthology.
Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in May 2020.
Folklore Genre Series
Introduction to Folklore Genres
What is a myth?
What is a legend?
What is a memorate?
What is a personal experience narrative?
Summer Solstice Newsletter 2019
What is a ballad?
What is a märchen?
What is a fable?
What is a tall tale?
What is a ritual?
Winter Solstice Newsletter 2019
What is a rite of passage?
What is a superstition?
What is a charm?
Folklore & Fiction Supplement: Keeping a Journal in Uncertain Times
What is a curse?
What is a folk custom?
Summer Solstice Newsletter 2020
What is material culture?
What is a conspiracy theory?
What is language and verbal lore?
What is child lore?
What is performance?
Winter Solstice Newsletter 2020
ATU Tale Type Series
Introduction to the ATU Tale Types
ATU 60 "Fox and Crane Invite Each Other"
ATU 365 "The Dead Bridegroom Carries off His Bride"
ATU 780 "The Singing Bone"
ATU 780 "The Singing Bone" Supplement
ATU 852 "Lying Contest"
Summer Solstice Dispatch 2021
ATU 1096 "Sewing Contest"
ATU 1284 "Person Does Not Know Himself" and 1326 "Moving the Church"