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Sarah Avery
This blog is mostly about writing and teaching, with the occasional vignette or bit of news about other parts of my life.

I'm a writer, an escaped academic, a grown-up army brat, an ambivalently entrepreneurial private tutor, a mother, an initiated Wiccan priestess, and, it now seems, a committed blogger.

I have the longest attention span you'll find anywhere outside a Buddhist monastery.

Three novellas in my Rugosa Coven contemporary fantasy series just came out in a print volume from Dark Quest Books. You can find Tales from Rugosa Coven in all the usual places where you order books. Some of the Rugosa characters made cameo appearances in my Halloween (not Samhain!) story, "New Jersey's Top Ghost Tours Reviewed and Rated," which appeared in the October 2009 issue of Baen's Universe.

My first sword and sorcery story, "The War of the Wheat Berry Year," appeared in Black Gate. A related novella, "The Imlen Bastard," is slated to appear in a forthcoming issue. I recently started contributing a series of essays on teaching and fantasy to the Black Gate blog.

My first attempt at podcasting, the short story How the Grail Came to the Fisher King, can be found on Membra Disjecta, Drollerie Press's e-zine. I'll be posting that soon on my still-under-construction website.

My poetry has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, Free Lunch, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Blast Press published my sonnet sequence, Persephone in Washington.

In my other life, when I was a scholar, I gave papers at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association and the American Academy of Religion. I gave a paper at the Parliament of the World's Religions once, but I was scheduled opposite the Dalai Lama. Seriously, if you had to choose, would you go to hear the grad student from New Jersey, or the Dalai Lama? Yeah, me too.

After I'd been blogging as Dr. Pretentious for several years, I discovered there was a guy who used to play bass in a goth band under the same name. He's still using it on a couple of file sharing boards. I am not that guy.

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