Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Life in a Razor-Shaped City by Scott Woods for TEDx Columbus

    I want to share a TEDx talk by my friend Scott Woods, a poet, writer, librarian, activist, and organizer whom I am honored to know. Scott's words provoke--they are thoughtful and powerful, complicated and honest. I learn something every time I encounter them...on the page, on the stage, or when I am lucky enough to see him in person. Scott is both a brilliant creator and a creative catalyst--he makes remarkable things happen. Follow this link to hear why Columbus Alive chose him to be their first ever 2018 Face of Columbus. He's that good, and his work is that important.[...]
    Ukrainian Christmas Blessings

    Ukrainian Christmas Blessings

    Much like Greeks, Russians, and other Slavic people, many Ukrainians (Orthodox and Catholic alike) celebrate Ukrainian Christmas today, according to the old "Julian" Calendar. We have always celebrated both Christmases in our family.  "American" Christmas was the festive holiday for Christmas movies, carols, and Santa Claus. We would watch the skies for signs of Santa while driving home from my Uncle Mike and Aunt Sophia's, and my sister Nadya and I often fell asleep in the car before we even got home.Ukrainian Christmas was the more sacred winter holiday for us, connecting us to family but also to our ancestors. Sviat[...]
    New Year, New Blog Design

    New Year, New Blog Design

    Looking back on my attempts to post here more regularly, I realized that one of the reasons I was avoiding the blog was because I had grown unhappy with the design of it and was unsure how to fix it. Thanks to Stephen's help, the website has a much-needed facelift, and I'm going to try to once more cultivate a realistic once-a-week routine. Maybe as I find my rhythm, I can do more. Certainly the goal for 2019 is a lot more writing—creative and otherwise.Reflecting upon the year that passed, much of it was focused on putting the pieces in place for[...]
    A Very Short Story in the Reader

    A Very Short Story in the Reader

    This week's Chicago Reader is their end-of-the-year Flash Fiction issue and features thirty 500-word or less stories, including one by me, titled "Run."You can read the rest online. [...]
    Honey & Witchy Wheys

    Honey & Witchy Wheys

    New Releases and Publications! You can read my short story, "Honey" in A World of Horror, an anthology of all new dark and speculative fiction stories written by authors from around the world.Every nation of the globe has unique tales to tell, whispers that settle in through the land, creatures or superstitions that enliven the night, but rarely do readers get to experience such a diversity of these voices in one place as in A World of Horror, the latest anthology book created by award-winning editor Eric J. Guignard, and beautifully illustrated by artist Steve Lines (Published by: Dark Moon Books (September 10, 2018). "Witchy Wheys," my[...]

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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