Guest Editing Announcement: Reckoning 4

I have the utter delight of announcing that I’ll be the guest editor for Year 4 of Reckoning, a journal of creative writing on environmental justice. Submissions are open now, and will remain open until the autumn equinox (Monday September 23, 2019), unless the issue is filled prior to that date.

I’ve been reading Reckoning since Marissa Lingen introduced me to its founder, Michael J. DeLuca, around when the first issue came out. The journal has produced some of my favorite pieces of creative work engaging with the environment, climate change, and the anthropocene in the past couple of years, and I’m very honored that Michael is trusting me with the shape of Year 4.

Because it’s me — city-obsessive, systems-thinking me — I’ve created a themed call for this issue which is broadly construed as human relationships to the built environment. I’m looking for fiction and creative nonfiction, preferably between 1000 and 10,000 words (but feel free to submit longer and shorter as well). The full call for submissions is on Reckoning’s site, here: https://reckoning.press/submit/, and my specific guidelines are here: https://reckoning.press/reckoning-4-submission-call-fiction-nonfiction/ … and also repeated below.

For Reckoning 4, I am specifically seeking works which address the relationship of humans to the built environment: the city as organism; climate-changed urban spaces; architecture as environmental in/justice; the point of contact where human alteration and ecological alteration touch; fantasias of density and of absence; blurs between organic and inorganic forms, places, and persons. Etcetera.

I am primarily looking for fiction, but am also interested in creative nonfiction on the above theme. A speculative element is preferred, but not necessary, for fiction. I will also consider work that falls outside the theme if it is otherwise deeply compelling and fits Reckoning’s general guidelines.

I’m going to try to stick to a 30-day turnaround for initial responses. Fingers crossed. I’ve been a submissions editor before, but this is my first in-charge-of-driving-the-spaceship-around editorial gig.

Please do send me your work. I can’t wait to read it.

New short fiction: "Object-Oriented" in Fireside #53

A somewhat belated announcement of new short fiction! My long flash piece, "Object-Oriented", is in Fireside #53 (March 2018). It's still March! I'm not entirely too late on the announcement business!

This is perhaps the first story that I've had published which entirely emerges from my new work in urban planning. (Thinking about urban planning apparently gets me to write near-future SF, which has not previously been my wheelhouse.) It is also a story which I'm incredibly pleased appears next to Marissa Lingen's brilliant "Flow", in the same issue. There are a great many ways to think about individual relationships to the physical environments, in SFF -- SFF clarifies, in many ways, how human and ecological and built-environment are already and can become ever-more-so entangled with one another. "Flow" is in a sense about accommodation. "Object-Oriented" considers resilience. I like reading "Object-Oriented" against "Flow", and asking if their protagonists, Marisol and Regina, are in fact engaged in the same kind of sacrifices; if they could exchange places.

(The part of me which is still all about writing fanfic would want them to meet.) (The part of me which is all about collaboration wants to write with Marissa about cities and wildernesses as inverse loves.)

"Object-Oriented" wouldn't have been written if I hadn't read this CityLab article about the team of volunteer architects and engineers who responded to the 2017 Mexico City earthquakes. https://www.citylab.com/environment/2017/09/mexico-city-earthquake-architects-engineers-building-damage/540576/ Think of them, when we think about what we can do in crises.

 


Also some news: I expect this coming week I will have some Exciting Announcements, and I'm planning on launching my newsletter properly -- so if you haven't signed up, get signed up now. I promise you collections of interesting peculiarities, and also the first shot at knowing what's going on with the novel coming out next year...