Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Poetry Thursday!

    Poetry Thursday!

    Want to listen to a little poetry this Thursday afternoon?You can hear poems from the Strange Horizons Fund Drive, including my reading of "Boys on Bikes." Included on the podcast are:The Drum Star (Orion's Ghost), Poetry, Issue FUND DRIVE SPECIAL 2017 Boys On Bikes, Poetry, Issue FUND DRIVE SPECIAL 2017 Tinwoman’s Phantom Heart, Poetry, Issue FUND DRIVE SPECIAL 2017 translating himagsikan, Poetry, Issue FUND DRIVE SPECIAL 2017Strange Horizons Fund Drive 2017 Bonus Poetry PodcastThank you![...]
    My new short story: "Lament" in Gargoyle 66!

    My new short story: "Lament" in Gargoyle 66!

    An excerpt from my new short story, "Lament" published in the 40th Anniversary Issue of Gargoyle (66): Lament The Steppes, 1550I sing their souls into heaven without seeing their faces, without knowing their names. In many ways, we are invisible on the battlefield: the blind and the dead.I stand above this one, the toe of my boot pressing against his thigh. I hear his horse exhale, stamping its hooves into the ground beside his fallen rider. I reach out to touch the animal, feel my fingertips graze its mane. The horse is hot and smells like mud, blood, and excrement.“Your master is[...]
    "Boys on Bikes"

    "Boys on Bikes"

    Each Fall when the Wheel of the Year turns and the trees begin to change colors, I revisit my routine and once again swear to update my journal with more regularity. It's been a roller coaster of a year, but I'm hoping to pick up the pace and finish several projects in the next few months...so hopefully, more blogging!My poem, "Boys on Bikes" was published in Strange Horizons as part of their fund drive! After they reached their first pledge goal of $1500, my poem and Nin Harris's new poem were both unlocked in the Fund Drive Special Issue, and[...]
    What if the story of America is one long labor?

    What if the story of America is one long labor?

    This is one of the most beautiful and powerful prayers from Sikh-American civil rights advocate and filmmaker Valarie Kaur. “And so the mother in me asks, what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead, but a country that is waiting to be born? What if the story of America is one long labor? What if all of our grandfathers and grandmothers are standing behind us now—those who survived occupation and genocide, slavery and Jim Crow, detentions and political assault—what if they are whispering[...]
    Clothes and Grief

    Clothes and Grief

    Two years ago yesterday, Donald Lupescu passed away and our lives have a big Grandpa-Don-shaped hole in them. It's an impossibly large hole, as is the case with grief. When the kids came home after school, we spent some time remembering the many things we love and miss about Grandpa. We cherish those memories, and we hold onto tangible things that remind us: On my counter is a sugar bowl from Don and Eleanor's kitchen, and I think of Don each time I use it. Mark has some shirts and ties from Don; and as Liam waits to grow into[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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