Art & Words 2020

The Art & Words Show may be different this year, but it will go on. I’m thrilled to have selected this year’s participants–ten writers and ten visual artists–and to have scheduled the show for Saturday September 26 from 6-9PM at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas.

However, the world may not be back to normal operations by then. In that case, rest assured, we will figure out an online option of some sort, working with the writers and artists to figure out the best solution.

For more info on how the show works, visit this page, but basically: ten visual artists and ten writers will use one another’s work as inspiration. The resulting twenty pairs of art & words will be on display at the gallery (or online) for one week following the opening reception.

Below, I present to you the writers and artists who will be part of 2020!


Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes things both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her work is in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.

  • Jerri Bourrous (Nacogdoches, TX)

Jerri Bourrous is a graduate of the Masters of Creative writing program at Stephen F. Austin University where she currently teaches. She lives in Nacogodoches, Texas, with her two dogs.

  • Fakoyede Seun (Lagos, Nigeria)

Fakoyede Seun is a Nigerian writer and school teacher. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sand Magazine, Slice Magazine, Bacopa Literary Review, and Vinyl Poetry.

Michael Stalcup is a Thai-American poet living as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife and three young children. He learned poetry from good Hip-Hop, the Bible, and really old sonnets — and loves seeing visual arts and poetry join forces. You can find more of his work at

Matthew Pitt is Associate Professor of English at TCU and author of two story collections: These Are Our Demands, Midwest Book Award winner; and Attention Please Now, winner of the Autumn House Prize. Individually-wrapped stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His problematic poems appear exclusively in private notebooks.

Kelly Talbot has been an editor for Wiley, Macmillan, Oxford, Pearson Education, and other publishers. His writing has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. He divides his time between Indianapolis, Indiana, and Timisoara, Romania.

English is Layla Al-Bedawi’s third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Her work has been featured in Winter Tangerine, Bayou Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and elsewhere. She is a co-founder of Fuente Collective, an organization focused on experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts.

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in Asimov’s and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. For more about her work, please see

  • Gayle Reaves-King (Fort Worth, TX)

Gayle Reaves-King has been writing since she could first hold a pencil. Her journalism awards include a share in the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Dallas Poets Community published her poetry chapbook Spectral Analysis, and her articles have appeared in regional and national magazines. The Texas native helps organize Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase, teaches journalism at UNT, and is working on her first nonfiction book.

JT Morse is a writer/photographer/editor with a passion for creative connection. Her work has been published by Interstellar Flight Magazine, Synkroniciti, ArtHouston, Nightmare Press, and other publications. She’s active with Writespace, Comicpalooza, and the SFPA. Morse loves to write beneath a hundred-year-old, ivy-covered oak at her ranch in Evergreen, TX.


Year in Review

2019 isn’t over yet
But I have had such a great year thus far, and as I know many people begin their awards reading this time of year, I’m going in early

The work I’m highlighting for your awards consideration

The work that has been closest to my hear this year is the short story “Every Song Must End” from the March Uncanny issue. You can find it online here. And the interview with Caroline M. Yoachim here.

The description: When Florence and Asher decided to pursue nonmonogamy, Florence didn’t expect to fall so quickly for her new partner Henry. Polyamory proves a source of renewal for Florence, until Henry’s wife gets a job that forces the two to move to Mars.

I’m currently working on a novel based on this short and so am still immersed in these characters and am looking forward to having another chance to highlight it in this post!

Look, I feel as weird about highlighting stuff for awards consideration as the next person!

But I do try to live my life with the confidence of a cat who thinks she belongs in the fresh hand towel basket

In further reading news, my story “In the City of Martyrs” was reprinted in audio form on LeVar Burton’s podcast LeVar Burton Reads! Listen to it here.

I also had a hella successful Art & Words Show, went on a Wisconsin retreat, attended LaunchPad, finished a hefty revision of a novel, and went to Amsterdam (which wasn’t writing related but WAS my first long plane ride since getting over my fear of flying and was very rad indeed!).

Art & Words 2019

We’ve chosen the participants for this year’s Art & Words show, and it’s going to be such a beautiful show. I’m psyched as all hell.

For more info on how the show works, visit this page, but basically: eleven visual artists and eleven writers will use one another’s work as inspiration. All forty-four works (22 pairs!) of art & words will be on display at Art on the Boulevard from September 21 to September 27, with a reception and reading from 6-9PM on Saturday the 21st!

Below, I present to you the writers and artists who will be part of 2019!



Awards Eligibility 2018

It’s awards season, y’all, and that means the annual eligibility posts are out and about.

I’m thrilled to look back on this last year of my professional life; I taught my first classes for adults, heard LeVar Burton read my short story to a packed live audience, hosted another successful Art & Words Show, and published five works of short fiction.

Here’s the two that I’m holding up for your awards consideration:


“The Crow Knight”Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2018)

Synopsis: When an invincible black crow whose presence causes emotional and physical pain haunts the Lady Loreen, her knight and best friend Ser Wynn goes beyond the kingdom to find the only weapon that can destroy it.

Short Story

“The Men Who Come From Flowers”–F&SF (September 2018)

Synopsis: Susan raises a garden of boy flowers who will one day become men; when she rescues an injured flower and takes the man as her lover, she is forced to choose between the man’s love or his life.

“Angry Kings”

I’ve got a novelette up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies today.

This one is called “Angry Kings” and was inspired by all the fairy tale stories of kings and their daughters and how terribly those daughters are often treated. I wanted to explore the psyches of such kings without offering forgiveness for their terrible behavior; the gap between understanding and forgiveness has been something I’ve been interested in for a good while. Analyzing someone’s motives and empathizing with someone’s troubles doesn’t necessarily mean that we are condoning or accepting their behavior. And I’ve always felt a pull between these two states.

In “Angry Kings,” Magritte escapes her evil king father. When she discovers that her father’s ghost has long been separated from his body, she returns to the kingdom to try to bring back the kind father she barely remembers from her childhood.

Read the full story here.