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About Angela Yuriko Smith
Angela Yuriko Smith is a mixed-heritage Uchinanchu-American author, story coach and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She began with newspapers as a photographer, reporter and editor, but in 2011 she started writing speculative fiction with her first novella, End of Mae. Since then she has been building her body of work. As of 2021, she has fiction and poetry in over 60 books, magazines and ebooks.
Highlights of her career include a Bram Stoker Awards® finalist for her 2018 novella Bitter Suites, Elgin nominations for her poetry chapbooks In Favor of Pain (2016) and Altars and Oubliettes (2020), and in 2019 she won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association’s Dwarf Star for her poem “Dark Matters.”
Her short story “Vanilla Rice” was first included in the Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak), winner of the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award, Best Speculative Fiction of the Year and a 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist in Best Related Work/Anthology. “Vanilla Rice” was reprinted in Bitter Suites and also appears as one of two stories by Smith in Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (edited by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn), which has won multiple awards to include the Bram Stoker Award® and a Shirley Jackson Award for best edited anthology.
Currently her poem “Waiting to Exhale” (HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VII, ed. Stephanie Wytovich) is a 2021 Rhysling nomination. She was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. She was also selected as the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor of the Year for 2020. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), she lives in Independence, Missouri where she seeks unquiet voices to publish under Yuriko Publishing, the company she created to honor her grandmother and others who have been shushed when they had something to say.
To find out more visit angelayurikosmith.com.
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The willow is femininity, desire, death. Rebirth. With its ability to grow from a single broken branch, it is the living embodiment of immortality. It is the yin that wards off malevolent spirits. It is both revered and shunned.
In Tortured Willows, four Southeast Asian women writers of horror expand on the exploration of otherness begun with the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women.
Like the willow, women have bent and bowed under the expectations and duty heaped upon them. Like the willow, they endure and refuse to break.
With exquisite poetry, Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn invite you to sit beneath the tortured willow’s gravid branches and listen to the uneasy shiver of its leaves.
Black Cranes is a dark and intimate exploration of what it is to be a perpetual outsider.
Take a journey through Asia and beyond with twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories about identities, belonging, and choices—stories about where we come from and where we are going.
ALL EMOTIONS ARE UNIVERSAL. WE LIVE, WE DREAM, WE STRIVE, WE DIE . . .
Follow twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors on their journeys through Asia and beyond. Stories that explore magic and science. Stories about love, revenge, and choices. Stories that challenge ideas about race, belonging, and politics. Stories about where we come from and where we are going. Each wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Each trying to find a voice in history.
Orphans and drug-smuggling in deep space. Mechanical arms in steampunk Vancouver. Djinns and espionage in futuristic Istanbul. Humanoid robot in steamy Kerala. Monsters in the jungles of Cebu. Historic time travel in Gyeongbok Palace. A rocket launch in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A drunken ghost in Song Dynasty China. A displaced refugee skating on an ice planet. And much more.
Embrace them as you take on their journeys. And don’t look back . . .
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner (Speculative Fiction Book of Year)
2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist (anthology/Best Related Work)
One story: 2018 World Fantasy Award Best Short Story Finalist
One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke)
Four stories on Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017
Two stories: 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalists
One story: 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic - Shortlist
AUTHORS: Anne Carly Abad, Deepak Bharathan, Joyce Chng, Miki Dare, S.B. Divya, Pamela Q. Fernandes, Calvin D. Jim, Minsoo Kang, Fonda Lee, Gabriela Lee, Karin Lowachee, Rati Mehrotra, E.C. Myers, Tony Pi, Angela Yuriko Smith, Priya Sridhar, Amanda Sun, Naru Dames Sundar, Jeremy Szal, Regina Kanyu Wang (translated by Shaoyan Hu), Diana Xin, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ruhan Zhao, and Elsie Chapman (Introduction)
EDITORS: Lucas K. Law, Derwin Mak
Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
Praise for Where the Stars Rise
"This collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction." —Booklist
"This fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. SF readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture." — Library Journal
"There's a lot of good reading to be found in Where the Stars Rise." — Locus
“Good or very good page-turners.”—Tangent
“Where the Stars Rise is a wonderfully diverse collection of Asian science fiction and fantasy that deserves to be on the shelves of anyone serious about being well-read in the genre.” —SF Bluestocking
“A wealth of stories running the gamut from poignant to mind-blowing, rewarding journeys both faraway and familiar.
Christmas Lites V is a special anthology. Every dime raised goes directly to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Not a single person who worked on this book or donated their time and their art form to it receives anything from it, other than the knowledge that he/she is making a difference in those affected by domestic violence.
Inside these pages are stories of all genres—Romance, fantasy, horror, action, children’s stories, stories written BY children. Please, dive inside, read, laugh, and spread the love and joy.
Twenty-one authors have joined in this year, giving their time and their stories to these people – and to you. We all hope you enjoy our holiday tales captured in bite-size pieces. Whether you read this on the bus, before bed, or snuggled by the fire, please, do read – and share.
Angela Yuriko Smith
Monica La Porta
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Brandon Eye bonus story
C.S. Splitter bonus story
From two HWA Mentors of the Year: Lee Murray, two-time Bram Stoker Award® Winner, and Angela Yuriko Smith, publisher at Space and Time magazine and Bram Stoker Award® Finalist, Mark My Words is crammed with advice to make your manuscript shine.
Offering practical revision techniques ranging from big-picture structural elements to punctuation, a revision checklist, and practice exercises, Mark My Words is the quintessential guide for authors preparing to submit their manuscripts to mentors, beta-readers, and commissioning editors. With essential tips and strategies from industry professionals including Ellen Datlow, Linda D. Addison, Kevin Wetmore, Geneve Flynn, Eric J. Guignard, Nicholas Diak, Michele Brittany, and many others. Bonus material includes an essay from an editor’s perspective by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Rena Mason, an interview by Angela Yuriko Smith with author and entrepreneur Leonard Speiser, and interviews by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Eugene Johnston with Gestalt publisher Jason Stokes and NYT Bestseller Jonathan Maberry.“In the future, when beginning writers ask me what they need to do to get their work to a professional, publishable level, I’ll direct them to this book. It’s filled with warm, witty, no-nonsense advice from two writer/editors who know what they’re talking about. I wished I’d had it to guide me when I was starting out. It would’ve decreased my learning curve by years!” —Tim Waggoner, author of Writing in the Dark