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Monday, December 2, 2019

On the last night of When Words Collide, Joshua Pantalleresco graciously offered to interview me about my writing and academic careers. We sat in the lobby of the hotel and had a great chat, which evolved into a discussion of bullying and scapegoating in the writing community via my negative experience at Clarion some years ago. Afterward, we considered cutting that part of the interview, even though I don't provide details about my experience, and it isn't my intention to call the offending parties out for their misconduct. But in light of the recent revelation that Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savoy of Chiaroscuro Press have been abusing the good will of writers for years, I thought it was important to elevate the overall conversation about these issues of bullying, scapegoating, and the exploitation of unequal power in the writing community. Specifically, I care that listeners understand there are often long-term impacts of these behaviours upon the creative lives of writers.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in November 2019.

Chalice Well Lore

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Here are the folklore-related memes I published to social media in October 2019.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sometime in December, likely on or around the winter solstice, I'll be releasing a second edition of The Longest Road in the Universe: A Collection of Fantastical Tales. My primary reason for doing this is to change the cover and add a story. I love the current cover and always have; Murky Depths commissioned the art from Nancy Farmer when it bought the titular story from me years ago, and I've always thought it captured an important moment in the narrative. But readers have told me it gives the impression that the collection is comprised of horror stories, and it isn't. (It's a mix of science fiction and fantasy.) So I'm changing the cover and moving the art inside to illuminate the story for which it was commissioned. I'm also adding a story first published in the Stolen Island Review in 2003.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Here are the folklore-related memes I've published to social media so far in 2019. Going forward, I'll be archiving these here and elsewhere on a monthly basis. 

Aztec Butterfly Lore

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the tall tale with help from scholars Richard Bauman, Carolyn S. Brown, Henry B. Wonham, and others, helping you analyze a tall tale, and discussing ways to bring tall tales to your story craft.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the fable genre with help from scholars Patrick Olivelle, Christos A. Zafiropoulos, Harriet Spiegel, and others, helping you analyze a fable, and discussing ways to bring fables to your story craft.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Conducting Archival and Ethnographic Research

For those of you who asked, here are the notes and PowerPoint presentation for WWC "Conducting Archival and Ethnographic Research." 

Here are links to the Traditional Arts Indiana YouTube videos I mentioned as well:

Thanks for attending! See you next year.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

 

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about the märchen genre with help from scholars Christine A. Jones, Jennifer Schacker, Jack Zipes, and others, helping you analyze a märchen, and discussing ways to bring märchen to your story craft.

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