Books & Stories

About Depart, Depart!

When an unprecedented hurricane devastates the city of Houston, Noah Mishner finds shelter in the Dallas Mavericks’ basketball arena. Though he finds community among other queer refugees, Noah fears his trans and Jewish identities put him at risk with certain “capital-T” Texans. His fears take form when he starts seeing visions of his great-grandfather Abe, who fled Nazi Germany as a boy. As the climate crisis intensifies and conditions in the shelter deteriorate, Abe’s ghost grows more powerful. Ultimately, Noah must decide whether he can trust his ancestor — and whether he’s willing to sacrifice his identity and community in order to survive.

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Free Fiction on the web:

The Listener” in The Future Fire, January 2021

Sister, Fly-or-Die” in The Fifth Di…, June 2020

The Propagator” in Metaphorosis Magazine, August 2019

The Night Heron” in Terrible Twosdays, October 2019

Nonfiction:

The future of space exploration requires the end of billionaires” in The Independent, July 2021

No, Billionaires won’t “escape” to space while the world burns” in Salon, July 2021

Buadiene causes cancer. A corporation with a history of illegal pollution wants to release more of it in Houston.” in One Breath Partnership, May 2021

“How to Teach at Home” in Edutopia, March 2020

How I Dealt with Transphobia in the Publishing World” in Out Magazine, January 2019

Short Stories in Print:

Real Sugar is Hard to Find” in Planet Scumm #11: Snake Eyes, Summer 2021

The New Nomad” in The Colored Lens, Autumn 2019

Print and ebook versions of “The Propagator”

“Tadpoles” in Issue #04 of Wizards in Space Magazine

“The Toll” in the 2018 Stories that Need to be Told anthology by Tulip Tree Publishing.

Interviews and Videos:

Authors in Conversation: Sim Kern and Cynthia Zhang talk LGBTQ rep in books about climate change” in LGBTQ Reads, August 2021

Gulf of Maine Institute: “Climate Fiction, Representation, and Action,” February, 2021

Stelliform Press: “Telling Climate Stories in a Climate Crisis” September, 2020

Q&A with Simone Kern in Wizards in Space, 2019