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Hush Lit Magazine Issue 3

Two of my poems appear in Issue 3 of Hush Lit. It’s a beautiful poetry venue, and I’m glad to be a part of it. “Anthills” recalls how my first reading of One Hundred Years of Solitude at seventeen informed how I behaved about romantic love for the rest of my life. I think most people have a story about the first time they read that novel. It’s powerful. “Consent” is in honor of my daughters and the way they move in the world. The rising generation of women and girls take so little bullshit from men. I can’t read…

Queen of the Underground

You can catch my found footage story “Queen of the Underground” in the just released online zine Archive of the Odd Issue #1. This story is about a sociology student whose research into a local homeless community leads her to a portal to the faery underworld in the Sephora store at the mall, and to clues about her own origins. In other words, my obsession with faeries living in the mall has found an audience at last. You have to pay five bucks for Archive of the Odd Issue #1 online zine, but the entire project is so inventive and…

A Year in Reading 2021

Here are the books I read in 2021. Novels and Novellas Orlando – Virginia Woolf The Changeling – Joy Williams With or Without You – Caroline Leavitt The Witch Elm – Tana French The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy Real Life – Brandon Taylor Luster – Raven Leilani The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toewes The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates Bad Habits – Amy Gentry In Between Days –Andrew Porter Libertie – Kaitlyn Greenidge When the Stars Go Dark – Paula McLain The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin Disappear, Doppelganger,…

Maureen O’Leary’s 2021 Awards and Eligibility List

I wrote some horror and dark fiction and poetry that appeared in publication this year. Here is a list of the titles for this year’s awards and eligibility list just in case you are a nominating sort. Good Housekeeping in Coffin Bell Journal Volume 4, Issue No. 3 Visualize a Wolf in All Hallow’s Eve Anthology from Crow’s Feet Journal Fire Season in Ariadne Magazine Homecoming in The Horror Zine Summer 2021 Snake on the Door in The Black Fork Review Issue 4 The Healing in Bandit Fiction Thank you for reading.