My Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

I’m going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival, which is Friday, September 25th – Sunday, September 27th in the Inner Harbor. I’m on three panels, and in one reading and one event. I’ll also be hanging around the festival when I don’t have these commitments. Swing by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

Friday the 25th
2pm Panel: “Blurring the Edges of Genre”
5pm Panel: “When Science Fiction & Fantasy Get Sexy”

Saturday the 26th
6pm Event: “Meet the Authors Party”

Sunday the 27th
1pm Reading: “Short Fiction Spotlight”
2pm Panel: “Short Stories: Why They Rock SF/F”

Updates: AWP, Podcasts, Badass Ladies, Books You Should Buy

First, reprint news! My story “I Bury Myself,” published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 33 this July, is the featured story in their new podcast. You can listen to it in its entirety, and hear it a gorgeous voice, here. Also, my story “Inventory” – my first pro-sale, first published in Strange Horizons in 2012 – has been selected for a new anthology, Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny, from Dover Publications. I’ll be there alongside Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Second, some new work. I have two reviews out at NPR this month: one for Adrienne Celt’s The Daughters, and one for Angélica Gorodischer’s Prodigies. They’re both amazing – check them out!

Next, some lovely kindnesses: My short story “Descent” is on a list of early-2015 short fiction favorites from Ladybusiness, and Sarah McCarry names me as a badass lady you should know.

Also! I am going to be on two panels at AWP 2016:”In the Realms of the Real & Unreal” with Alice Kim, Sofia Samatar, and Kelly Link, and moderated by Katharine Beutner; and “In Case You Think You Don’t Belong Here: Imposter Syndrome and AWP” with Aubrey Hirsch, Jessie Carty, and Samantha Dunn, and moderated by Margaret LaFleur.

Last, but certainly not least: I have a bunch of wildly talented writer friends, and one of them in Tony Tulathimutte. His novel Private Citizens, which I read giant swaths of throughout our time at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is coming out in February, and is now available for pre-order. This book is brilliant and funny and heartbreaking, and you need to get on that train, like, now.

Best American SF&F 2015, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and The Rumpus

Three bits of news!

First, a story of mine (the title of which is currently top-secret!) is going to be in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015, edited by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams. The lineup in this anthology is sort of unreal; I’m going to in be there alongside Karen Russell, Kelly Link, Sofia Samatar, Nathan Ballingrud, Sam J. Miller, T.C. Boyle, Neil Gaiman… I’m so excited.

Next, I have a new story, “I Bury Myself,” in the newest issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet! You can order a hard- or e-copy at the link. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning:

Here is what you do when you need to choose the end.
First, find a person who knows your body, and fuck them for three days.
Then, drive to a meadow, where there is so much life.
There, dig a hole long enough and wide enough for your body to fit.
Next, climb in.
Then, wait…

Last, there’s a lovely essay about Angela Carter and the writers she influenced over at The Rumpus, and Claire Burgess takes a minute to talk about my story “The Husband Stitch.” “Like [Angela] Carter before her,” she writes, “Machado combines humor and horror to an evocative and disturbing effect.” Thanks, Claire!

Guest-Editing Interfictions & How to Submit

As you may have seen on Twitter, Sam J. Miller and I will be guest-editing the next two issues of Interfictions. The fiction submission window for our fall issue is going to be August 15th – 31st. Spread the word! And when the window opens, send us your weird, your beautiful, your impossible-to-categorize stories.

Support My Work

I’ve just started a Patreon!

For those of you who don’t know about Patreon, think of it as an ongoing Kickstarter; a throwback to the days when patrons supported the arts. Instead of pledging once, you pledge a monthly amount – $2, $20, whatever you want – and that money goes to support my various projects and expenses. In return, you get perks, depending on the pledge amount: a monthly newsletter with original microfiction, writing prompts, and updates, access to early drafts, even critiques.

One of the hardest things about my current situation – a patched-together income stream of adjunct teaching, freelance writing, and some grant money – is that my income is wildly variable, which is very frustrating for a planner like me. It’s hard to plan, cover bills, and travel to events when I’m never exactly certain how much money I’ll make in a month, or when I know I have income coming later in the year but not immediately. I’m hoping that the Patreon will give me more of a regular base of income, particularly during the summer months when I don’t receive any adjunct pay.

So if you like my work and believe in my projects, and you’re able, please consider supporting me through Patreon. Thank you!

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet & Watchlist

Some updates!

First, my story “I Bury Myself” will be appearing in the next issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Second, my micro-essay about my Watchlist anthology story “Transcription of an Eye” appeared at The Quivering Pen. And on a related note, Watchlist goes on sale this week! I’ll be in New York City on May 27th for its reading/launch party at Babycastles.

Third, Joshua Johnson is did a very smart, thoughtful write-up of three of my stories over at his blog for his Three-a-Week series: “Descent,” “Mothers,” and “Especially Heinous.” Thanks, Joshua!

The Shirley Jackson Awards & Love from The Toast

Two bits of wonderful news from yesterday!

First, there was a lovely write-up about my fiction in The Toast/The Butter yesterday: “This Writer’s on Fire: Carmen Maria Machado.”

“Machado tells the stories that are hidden just beneath the stories you think you know. The stories you’ve been waiting for without knowing it…She reveals new shapes, new forms, what’s been hidden right there all along: pain, joy, pleasure, horror.” — Melissa Moorer

Second, my story “The Husband Stitch” was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. The award was established in 2007 for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” I’m a huge Shirley Jackson fan, so I’m really, really honored to have been nominated.