Avi Silver

Greetings friends, foes, and undecided

I’m Avi Silver—author, editor, poet, co-creator of The Shale Project, and parent to a rowdy lizard. Welcome to my website, glad to have you here!

What do you write?

I am the author of the Sãoni Cycle (Two Dark Moons, 2019; Three Seeking Stars, 2021), published through The Shale Project. If you’ve read the first two books in the trilogy and are looking for more queer content featuring giant lizards, I highly recommend you check out Shale! I and my life/business partner, Sienna Tristen, describe this shared world as “a multimedia storytelling initiative roughly in the shape of a planet.” Give the website a poke if you’re looking to explore more, or join us on Patreon for monthly musings and bonus content.

Outside of Shale, I have a short story in Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology. “A Full Deck” is a demon-hunting love letter to my ace friends, sent with a platonic kiss by my bisexual, arospec nightmare self.

In the world of poetry, I’m fortunate enough to have two poems published: “passing diamonds” in Strange Horizons, and “The Captain Flies” in Uncanny Magazine.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on my first full-length poetry collection, which has been funded through the Canada Council for the Arts! The collection is full of speculative poetry that explores my relationship with Ashkenazi Jewish identity. It’s one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on, and I cannot wait to see how it helps me grow as a writer.

I’m also getting planned and organized for NaNoWriMo 2021, where I’ll be making a 50k dent in the final book of the Sãoni Cycle! Along with this, I’m editing a few short stories, and regularly sending work out on submission. The fun never ends…!

You said something about editing?

Yes, actually! When I’m not writing, I spend a good deal of my time editing. Currently, my editing work primarily goes to Augur Magazine, where I edit fiction and some poetry. I am currently closed to freelance editing projects, but if you are interested in getting my eyes on your poem/short story/novella/novel, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll let you know when it looks like I might have availability opening up.

Can I book you for an event?

Absolutely!! Panels, workshops, speaking events—I love doing all of these things, and am eager to do more. As above, reach out to me at mxavisilver@gmail.com so we can get something planned.