Engen Books and Quadrangle are proud to reveal the final two authors featured in ACCEPTANCE, their collaboration anthology featuring stories by and about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Quadrangle’s mission is to create a community centre for 2SLGBTQAI+ individuals and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, a space that is a resource for building community resilience and connection, and that provides supports for existing initiatives of our 2SLGBTQAI+ community. As a registered charity, both working toward having a community centre, and taking up projects like this one contribute to Quad’s vision of contributing to sustainable, positive, community connections. All profits from this collection will go towards that goal.
The title of this year's collection will be Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us. Stories were selected by Ailsa Craig, Sulaimon Giwa, AJ Ryan, and, Sarah Thompson.
Vera Nugent is an Ontario-born Newfoundlander and queer educator in the province. She is a big lover of sapphics and fantasy in media, and describes herself as being "closer every day to fulfilling my destiny as a lesbian cat mom." She brings with her her short "Melody of a Merrow," her first published work. When asked how she felt about its inclusion, Nugent said it was: "Exciting! I'm elated at the opportunity to have a piece of my writing in print, and even happier to see it in a local collection that supports a good cause."
Finally, Engen is proud to announce Lisa Timpf will join the collection. From Simcoe Ontario, Timpf is a storied author and poet with over thirty speculative fiction stories published to her credit in a variety of venues, including "Roxy," "Roxy's Rule," and "Gone" in New Myths; "The Disconnect" in Third Flatiron's Brain Games anthology; "The Caller" in the anthology Future Days, and "It's All Good," published in the anthology Enter the Rebirth. She has two novelettes coming in 2021 from JMS Books. Her speculative poem "No Fairy Tale World" was included in the 2020 Rhysling Anthology, which included all nominees for the Rhysling Award. She was also one of ten finalists in the 2015 Rhyme Zone contest, with the poem "His Hands, and a Question." Previous Engen Books publications include her story ‘The Messenger's Mission’ in Mythology from the Rock.
"I'm always thrilled to be included in a publication;" says Timpf. "It never gets old for me. I am particularly happy to see my work published in a Canadian anthology. I'd have loved to have anthologies like this one available when I was in my twenties and thirties, but there just didn't seem to be that many out there."
Interested parties can click here to order Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us from Engen Books. All profit from the collection goes toward Quadrangle's community efforts.
Acceptance: Stories at the Centre of Us features twenty-two stories from twenty amazing authors.