“The Queen of Lakes” is being reprinted in Mosaics: A Collection of Independent Women, and I’d be remiss in not taking a moment to remark on the hopes I have for this project. The series (there’s at least two volumes, with hopes of two more to come) is aiming to be an intersectional feminist anthology, with the bolded bit there being the thing that sparked my interest. I came of age at a time when feminism still felt like a dialogue, but at some point in the intervening decades it seemed to ossify into a single -ism, a one-size-fits-all philosophy that ends up fitting very, very few people. I don’t know if this anthology will actually open up the conversation, but it wants to, and it’s a real honor to have a story of mine be part of that effort. It’s available for pre-order now.
It’s also not a coincidence that I’m timing my own little project to come out around the same time. This submission call, and the questions and dialogue I’ve seen spring up around it, has given me something of a shove out of the nest. Time to start speaking up. More on that soon.