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Happy Thursday, all! I hope April treated you well; it certainly seems to have done right by our contributors. How, you ask? Read on...

It was a good month for stories. Richard Larson had “Dark Warm Heart” at John Schoffstall’s “The First Day of Someone Else’s Life” appeared in F&SF. Chengyu Liu published "A Floral Hypocrite" in Abyss & Apex. Stephanie Chan’s story, “Agua Mirabilis” appeared in Anathema, a new magazine featuring speculative fiction and nonfiction by queer people of color. Mari Ness’ story “We Need To Talk About The Unicorn in Your Backyard” was in Daily Science Fiction. Jessy Randall had “The Baby Downstairs” in Theaker’s Quarterly #59. Natalia Theodoridou’s “The Emptiness Machine” was published in The Forge Literary Magazine. Gwynne Garfinkle’s “Don’t Look Back” was in Not One of Us. Ken Brady had “Lips Together” in Analog. Su-Yee Lin’s “Art Show” was in Nashville Review. Andrew Kozma’s story “The Heart” appered in Devilfish Review. Marissa Lingen’s story, “Vulture's Nest”, was in Analog, and “Running Safety Tips for Humans” was in Nature. Jenn Grunigen’s piece “Figs, Detached” appeared in Nightmare. Kate MacLeod published “Taren and Keui” in Persistent Visions. A.C. Wise had “Crossing” in LampLight. Sarah Pinsker’s multiverse murder mystery novella, "And Then There Were (N-One)", was in Uncanny. Arkady Martine published “Ruin Marble” in Mithila Review. Kelly Jennings’ story “The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs” was published in F&SF. Jess Barber’s story "Maybe Look Up" appeared in Lightspeed. José Pablo Iriarte had "O Stone, Be Not So" in Diabolical Plots. Bogi Takács’ story "Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus" was in Clarkesworld. Michelle Ann King’s “Never Did Run Smooth” was published in Thing Magazine. Jonathan Laidlow had "Obtrusion Rate" Liminal Stories’ spring issue. Kate Heartfield also appeared in Liminal’s spring issue with “I Know All Of His Names”. Sheree Renée Thomas’ story, "Aunt Dissy's Policy Dream Book", and an interview with Andrea Johnson appeared in Apex, while "The Dragon Can't Dance," translated by Alejandra Guarinos Viñals into Spanish, was published by 2709 Books in Afrofuturo(s).

A few books this month! Margaret L. Carter and Leslie Roy Carter published Legacy of Magic, a sword-and-sorcery romance. Marie Brennan published Within the Sanctuary of Wings, the fifth and final book of the Memoirs of Lady Trent. Lawrence Schimel’s children’s book, Will You Read My Book With Me?, was published by Epigram Books in Singapore. Tom Speelman proofread the first volume of the mystery manga Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night Vol. 1 by artist Tsubata Nozaki & writer Hitoshizuku-P × Yama△, the second volume of the queer romance manga Bloom Into You by writer/artist Nakatani Nio, and the light novel The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku by Muya Agami & cosMo@BousouP with art by Yunagi for Seven Seas Entertainment. And Wendy Rathbone’s GLBT scifi novel, The Android and the Thief, was published by Dreamspinner Press

SH contributors had another strong month of poetry publications. Mari Ness’ poetry novella, “Through Immortal Shadows Singing”, was published by Papaveria Press. Gwynne Garfinkle had "family (a form somehow must)" in Mithila Review. Lisa Bradley published "The Axolotl Inquest" in Uncanny. The Slovene translation of Lawrence Schimel’s Rhysling Award-winning poem, "How to Make a Human", appeared in SUPERNOVA. Mary Soon Lee published "The Path to Peace" in F&SF. Davian Aw’s “Remnants” was in the Alternate Realities issue of Eye to the Telescope. Jeannine Gailey published two poems this month: "Self-Portrait as Final Girl" and "In the Movie of My Life”, both in Jet Fuel Review. Jay Werkheiser had “Kepler's Law” in Analog. David C. Kopaska-Merkel’s SF/fantasy poetry print magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, shipped issue 106. Jenny Blackford’s first full-length poetry book, The Loyalty of Chickens, was published by Pitt Street Poetry; it includes the poem “Power Men”, originally published in Strange Horizons. Akua Lezli Hope’s poem "Mommy’s Arias" was in, while “Who” was in New Verse News. Bogi Takács’ poem "The Size of a Barleycorn, Encased in Lead" was in Uncanny, and "Continuity Imperative" was in Cascadia Subduction Zone. Tlotlo Tsamaase published "Mirror, Reflect Our Unknown Selves" in the first issue of Arsenika.

News is light on the non-fiction front. Carmen Maria Machado’s review of The Complete Leonora Carrington and her memoir Down Below appeared at NPR Books. And Hunter Liguore had “Hanblechia: Relearning My Relationship To Food Through Fasting” in Spirituality & Health Magazine.

Finally, a fantastic bit of miscellany. Kurt Hunt is co-writing "Archipelago" with Charlotte Ashley and Andrew Leon Hudson, a collaborative serial fantasy project. They’re publishing three short stories per month, each from the perspective of a different nation as they explore and compete in a newly-discovered island world. The first story is already available, free-to-read at the Patreon page, and two more free stories will be released there later this month. Kickstarter here. Finally, Deborah P. Kolodji’s 2016 book, highway of sleeping towns, has won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation. Congrats, Deborah!

Kate is a narrative designer and writer of speculative fiction. Though she lives in Southern California, her true home is on the internet. She can found on Twitter as @keightdee or at
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