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Angels of the Meanwhile

Elizabeth McClellan, stunningly talented poet and good friend, has had a run of really dreadful medical-insurance wrangling, detailed here.

As a consequence, Alexandra Erin took it upon herself to help by asking writers to contribute to an e-book collection, Angels of the Meanwhile, to raise money in support of Elizabeth. It’s pay-what-you-can to pre-order the e-book, and the Table of Contents looks utterly wonderful:

Bits of Prose (Flash Fiction, Prose Poems)

  • This Is The Place Where Lost Things Go – Kythrynne Aisling
  • The Merry Knives of Interspecies Communication – Bogi Takács
  • The Choices of Foxes – Sonya Taaffe
  • Foam – Dusti Morton
  • The Sweat of their Brows – Alexandra Erin
  • The Dirty Fairy – Deborah Walker


  • Beastwoman’s Snarled Rune – Rose Lemberg
  • Pain Shared Is Catching (For April Grant) – Erik Amundsen
  • Gorgon Girls – Saira Ali
  • This Is What It’s All About – Lupa
  • Blodeuwedd – Amal El-Mohtar
  • Burning Wings (For C.S.E. Cooney) – Jennifer Crow
  • The Changeling Always Wins – Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • The First Wife – Lev Mirov
  • Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas Lost at Sea, 1527 – Lisa Bradley
  • The Secret of Being a Cowboy – Catherynne M. Valente
  • Children of the Faun and Fae – Merideth Allyn
  • Ivan Icarus – by C.S.E. Cooney
  • We Named Our Grief Irene – Virginia M. Mohlere
  • Fucking Doughnuts – Legoule
  • Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm – Gwynne Garfinkle
  • Sand Bags – Dominik Parisien
  • Hot Wet Mess – S.J. Tucker
  • These Are Days – Roni Neal
  • lis pendens – Mike Allen
  • Thread Between Stone – Bryan Thao Worra

Prose Stories

  • Inside, Looking Out – Alexandra Erin
  • Changed – Nicolette Barischoff
  • Fire Flight – A.M. Burns
  • The Legacy Box – Satyros Phil Brucato
  • Illusions of Safety – Angelia Sparrow

Time constraints meant I couldn’t contribute more than a tiny poem I’d been clutching to my hard drive’s heart for years, but it’s one of which I’m very fond, and the first thing I ever wrote about Blodeuwedd in response to reading The Mabinogion.

To the above, Alexandra adds:

    While we’ve got a quite bit lined up, including some fairly big guns, I have been told there’s more to come from people who are still working on their pieces, particularly from the local poetry community that surrounds Elizabeth. There are a lot of people who want to help. I’m not trying to be coy or drum up more interest by not naming names… I don’t want people making up their minds based on something I don’t actually have on hand yet. I just want to make sure everyone knows that you might wind up with even more than you bargained for.

So there you have it — and I really hope that what Elizabeth ends up with in turn is peace of mind, ease from pain, and a speedy recovery.