Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Where The Stars Rise: Angela Yuriko Smith 'Vanilla Rice'

In 2015, Angela Yuriko Smith was my mentee through the Horror Writers Association. I was delighted to learn this week that her short story 'Vanilla Rice' will be included in the new anthology Where The Stars Rise, part of the Laksa Anthology Series.  

This speculative fiction anthology will contain "original stories to celebrate Asian diversity, featuring an Asian main character, Asian setting and/or some amount of Asian elements, by authors with an Asian ancestry." Based in Canada, the anthology is being edited by Lucas K. Law & Derwin Mak. A portion of Laksa Media’s net revenue from this anthology will go directly to support the nonprofit Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only free and anonymous 24/7 counselling and information service for young people between the ages of 5 and 20 in both English and French.

Since 1989, Kids Help Phone's trained, professional counsellors have been "listening to kids, often when no one else can or will. Their service supports young people as they build the skills and abilities they’ll need to improve their emotional health and well-being. In addition to an array of counselling options, they offer young people a wide range of online resources and they work tirelessly to share young people’s perspectives on a societal level – locally, nationally, and globally."

I look forward to seeing the final result!

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