Name: Lacey Buchda
Role at Red Bird: Fiction Editor
How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
I first encountered Red Bird Chapbooks when the flock hosted a book-binding class at Hamline University, where I was earning my MFA in Creative Writing. I remember being charmed by the designs and gleefully showing one of my creations to my writing partner in Missouri afterwards. Since then, I've seen and admired examples of Red Bird's work at venues like Artista Bottega and heard only good things about the press and its volunteers. After graduating from my Creative Writing Program--during which I’d worked on publications like Water~Stone Review and rock, paper, scissors--I knew I wanted to keep in touch with the community and continue working with writers on their manuscripts. When Red Bird Chapbooks announced that they were looking for editors to join the team, I jumped at the chance to apply! I'm looking forward to helping make our contributors’ Possibilities into publications!
A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I read a small library’s worth of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories while growing up, and now often write within those genres. Despite my pulpy roots, though, I tend to focus on themes like empathy, trauma and recovery, mental illness, and asexuality within my own work. I am currently creating a collection of short stories that rework fairy tales and myths, questioning the heteronormative assumptions within those tales, and bringing the voices of female-identifying characters to the forefront. I am also writing a few longer stories, including: that of a ghost-fighting girl and her fire-breathing dog; that of an asexual couple investigating a cult; that of an airship captain searching for justice for her destroyed hometown; and that of a novice spy who is trying to learn a prince's secrets. I will also be publishing a flash fiction story, "Your Last Gift from the Sea," in this year's issue of rock, paper, scissors (2019).
My favorite thing (s) that can be found in the public domain:
I love fairy tales and folktales from around the world, but my favorite is the first published French version of “Beauty and the Beast”: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's "La Belle et la Bete" (1740). The novella has several details that the subsequent versions dropped, such as the prince being cursed over rejecting his fairy godmother; political shenanigans among the fairies, who wanted to become powerful enough to turn into snakes; and a palace filled with wind servants and rooms where Beauty could watch any historical event unfold. It's a wild, convoluted ride of a story, and one that I would love to adapt someday. I am also a fan of the BBC’s Sound Effects Archive.
Recent Red Bird project (s):
Nothing yet, but I'm looking forward to reading your Possibilities!