I'm a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. I'm one of the three fiction editors for Strange Horizons and I host the Outer Alliance Podcast (celebrating QUILTBAG speculative fiction). My other work, including fiction, non-fiction, podcasts, and narration, is listed below. I'm @omgjulia on Twitter, and if you're interested in what I'm working on, or where you might meet me in person, check out my news page.
Some of my work:
Cast of Wonders: This is a science fiction and fantasy podcast that showcases YA stories. I narrated a charming fantasy story called "Aisha Bets Her Life on Magic" by Jarod K. Anderson.
The Skiffy and Fanty Show: I'm part of the regular cast of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, which was Hugo-nominated in the Best Fancast category in 2014! Yay! I participate on interviews and discussions, as well as in almost every Torture Cinema episode, where we discuss bad SF movies. Here's a list of movies we've skewered: The Midnight Chronicles, Season of the Witch, Zardoz, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Jumper, 10,000 B.C., King Arthur, Eragon, Stargate, The Avengers (1998), Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Transformers, Sharknado, The Gate, Reign of Fire, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sons of Steel, Mannequin, Highlander II: The Quickening, Inspector Gadget, Yor, the Hunter from the Future, The Happening, Hawk the Slayer, The Omega Man, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Mac and Me, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Fantastic Four (1994)
Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories: An anthology for teens, which I co-edited with Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press. There are 20 wonderful stories in Kaleidoscope, and they are fun and funny and scary and heartbreaking. Kaleidoscope comes out in North America on the 5th of August, and in Australia on the 1st of October 2014.
Oracle Gretel: A modern day continuation of Hansel and Gretel with unrequited love, a talking cat, and beautiful illustrations by Erik Amundsen. Originally sold as a limited edition handbound chapbook, "Oracle Gretel" is now available in audio format on PodCastle, in text only format in Heiresses of Russ 2013, and in fully illustrated e-book version at Amazon. This volume is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you've signed up for that, you can read it for free!
In Other Words: An anthology of flash fiction and poetry by people of color, which I co-edited with Saira Ali of Kitabiyat Press. Saira is hand printing the anthology using a 1940s letterpress! This should be available sometime soon, and all profits will be donated to Con Or Bust, which helps people of color attend conventions.
Love and the Giant Squid: A short story about a giant squid, a ghost, and some humans. This is available in print and ebook format in the anthology Pen-Ultimate, edited by LJ Cohen and Talib S. Hussain. All proceeds go to the SFWA Emergency medical fund (to help writers pay for medical expenses).
PodCastle: I occasionally read stories by other people for this awesome fantasy fiction podcast. "The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega" by E. Lily Yu is charming and short, while "Who in Mortal Chains" by Claire Humphrey is charming and longer. "Mermaid's Hook" by Liz Argall is also charming and longer.
Queers Dig Time Lords: An essay collections by QUILTBAG fans of Doctor Who. My essay, "A Kiss From Romana: Lesbian Subtext in 'The Stones of Blood'" appears within. Available directly from Mad Norwegian Press, or through your book retailer of choice.
Noticing Language: An Interview with Rose Lemberg: An interview I did with Rose Lemberg, which appeared in Strange Horizons on the 22nd of April, 2013.
Stone Telling Roundtable: A series of interviews for Stone Telling: The Magazine of Boundary-crossing Poetry. Roundtable interviews are group discussions, exploring the themes of each issue. Issue One, Issue Two, Issue Three, Issue Four, Issue Five, Issue Six, Issue Seven, Issue Eight, Issue Nine.
Galactic Suburbia Award Shortlist for 2012: I am extremely honored to be recognized again this year! The Galactic Suburbia Award is for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. You can see more about all the excellent people they've chosen to recognize on the Galactic Suburbia website.
Reaching into the QUILTBAG: the Evolving World of Queer Speculative Fiction: An article about QUILTBAG spec fic in issue 34 of Apex Magazine. This essay was reprinted on the Apex Publications blog in January of 2013.
Broad Universe Podcasts: Broad Universe is an organization which exists to promote female speculative fiction writers. They have two podcasts, one for excerpts of fiction and one for discussion.
*I hosted the discussion podcast in March of 2011 (on the topic of strong
female characters), and in July of 2011 (on the topic of writing humor).
*I read an excerpt of "The Lesson of the Phoenix" for the fiction podcast in
November of 2011.
*I was a guest on the March 2012 Broadly Speaking podcast (a tutorial
discussion about about how to create and record podcasts).
*I hosted the April 2012 Broadly Speaking Podcast (on the topic of
changelings and transformation).
*I read an excerpt of "Oracle Gretel" for the June 2012 Broad Pod (on the
topic of QUILTBAG pride month).
*I was a guest on the August 2012 Broadly Speaking Podcast (on the topic of
interstitial fiction and art).
I Dreamed the Moon: A poem about the moon and women and makeup in Jabberwocky.
Bone and Ash and Butterflies: A short story about wishes and loss and papercrafts at Daily Science Fiction.
On the Ice Planet: A poem about space exploration in issue 19 of New Myths.
Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes: A beautifully illustrated poetry chapbook full of subversive takes on the old "Cinderella dressed in yella" rhyme. Poems by Erik Amundsen, Nadia Bulkin, Kyle Davis, Francesca Forrest, Samantha Henderson, Rose Lemberg, me, and Sonya Taaffe. Illustrations by Adam Oehlers. Some proceeds from each sale will go to help animals!
Curse Breaking: A poem in Volume 4, Number 1 of Midnight Screaming.
Galactic Suburbia Award Honours List for 2011: Galactic Suburbia is an Australian feminist speculative fiction discussion podcast. I've been a fan for quite some time, and am enormously pleased to find myself on their Honours List along with Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond for episode #11 of the Outer Alliance Podcast.
Pseudopod: This is a horror fiction podcast. I read a story by Gemma Files for them. "In The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise" is a dark and twisty fairy tale set in northern Quebec.
The Lesson of the Phoenix: A short story in Fantastique Unfettered #3. It's nothing like Inception, though most of the action takes place in dreams.
Author Interview forIn Pieces by KJ Kabza: KJ Kabza is one of my local friends, and a dynamite writer. I've been saying he'll be famous for ages now, which might be one of the reasons he asked me to interview him as a bonus feature for his short story collection. You can read an excerpt of that interview here.
Goodnight Room: A piece of fanfiction about the post-apocalyptic moon-orbiting generation ship full of bunnies that we see briefly in Margaret Wise Brown's classic picture book, Goodnight Moon.
Dead Air: A poem for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2009 Halloween Online Poetry Reading.
Headless Lady: A tiny horror story in Tweet the Meat (a Twitter zine).
Will o' the Wistful: A poem in Everyday Weirdness
The Bone Tree: A poem for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2008 Halloween Poetry Reading
Rusalka: A poem in the Spring 2008 issue of Goblin Fruit.
Silly Limerick: Does what it says on the tin! Honorable mention in the 2007 Space Western Limerick Contest.
A Bedtime Story: A story about a little girl with an unusual family in the September, 2005 issue of Reflection's Edge.
Espresso Stories: Flash fiction redux. Very silly (and short!) stuff.