Kenton K. Yee

Location Silicon Valley, California
Occupation writer, creativity entrepreneur

About Me

Kenton K. Yee has placed poetry and fiction in Scientific American (forthcoming), The Cincinatti Review (forthcoming), Kenyon Review (forthcoming), RHINO (forthcoming), Parentheses, Grain Magazine, Threepenny Review, Whale Road Review (forthcoming), Sheila-Na-Gig, LIT, Arts Fuse, Plane Tree Journal, Healing Muse (forthcoming), Spoon River Poetry Review (forthcoming), Puerto del Sol, Abyss & Apex, Lunch Ticket's Amuse-Bouche, Cortland Review (forthcoming), One [Jacar Press] (forthcoming), Bluestem (forthcoming), Paper Dragon, ASP Bulletin, Revolute,, Asimov's Science Fiction (forthcoming), The Ecopoetry Anthology: Volume II (forthcoming), The Lake, Rogue Agent, BoomerLitMag, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, I-70 Review (forthcoming), Landlocked (forthcoming), Poor Yorick, Panorama, Hawaii Pacific Review, McNeese Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, OxMag, North Dakota Quarterly (forthcoming), Hellbender, Gargoyle, Broadkill, 805 Lit + Art, Invisible City, Juniper, Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, Poemeleon (forthcoming), The Quarter(ly) by Quarter Press, Nunum (forthcoming), Cutthroat (forthcoming), Moon City Review, Constellations, Rattle, Stoneboat, Stanford's Mantis, Sugar House Review, Inscape, Quarter After Eight (forthcoming), Big City Lit, SLANT, Zoetica (forthcoming), (In Parentheses), Berkeley Poetry Review, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (forthcoming), Matter, LIGEIA Magazine, Summerset Review, Full Bleed, 300 Days of Sun, Red Ogre Review, Inlandia (forthcoming), Arboreal, Willows Wept Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Indianapolis Review, Pembroke Magazine, Plume Poetry, Tipton Poetry Journal, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Lily Poetry Review, Passages North, The New Verse News, Heartwood Literary Magazine, Kelp Journal, South Dakota Review, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, The South Carolina Review (forthcoming), Valley Voices, Steam Ticket, Tomahawk Creek Review, The Bookends Review, Alba, Quibble Lit, Ignatian Literary Magazine, New World Writing Quarterly, San Antonio Review (forthcoming), The Rupture, Delta Poetry Review, Hollins Critic, the museum of americana: a literary review, Abstract Magazine TV, miniskirt magazine, Five South, PANK, Hobart, Necessary Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Gyroscope Review, The Metaworker Literary Magazine, The Elevation Review, Trampoline, Drabblecast, Shotgun Honey, Akashic Books, DOGZPLOT, A cappella Zoo, Cafe Irreal, Corium Magazine, Word Riot, elimae, Mud Luscious, Monkeybicycle, Every Day Fiction, Every Day Poets, Brain Harvest, Perihelion, Bartleby Snopes, Apollo's Lyre, Liquid Imaginations, and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, among others. Trained in theoretical physics, law, investing and economics, he writes from northern California.


"A Symposium on the Mysterious" contribution, Threepenny Review, Issue 175, Fall 2023

Party (The Rupture, Issue 116, December 2021)

(-- for stories and prose poems, scroll down to new section)

Spacemanship (The Cincinatti Review, Fall 2024, forthcoming in November)

Hummingbird (Kenyon Review, 2024, forthcoming)

Random Access Memory (RHINO, 2025, forthcoming)

The Universe So Far, in Squiggles (Scientific American, forthcoming)

Blue Whale (Sheila-Na-Gig, volume 8.4, Summer 2024)

Fleeting Alignments (Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Fall 2022, Volume 12, pp 104-105, print only)

The Big One (Threepenny Review, Winter 2023, Issue 172, p. 13)
- to be anthologized in The Ecopoetry Anthology: Volume II (Trinity University Press), 2025, forthcoming

Haute Buttons (Rattle, August 2022 Ekphrastic Contest, Editor's Choice, September 2022)

Mandarin Sonnet (Whale Road Review, Winter 2024, forthcoming)

Riverside Boulevard (LIT, Issue 37, Summer 2024)

Bloodhound Astronomer (Arts Fuse, Weekly Poetry Feature, June 13, 2024)

Wine Tasting Tour (Plane Tree Journal, Issue 4 (Nature in Crisis), June 2024)

This is 9-1-1--What's Your Emergency (Healing Muse, Volume 24, October 2024, forthcoming)

-All Roads Lead to Wetmore
-The Outer Space in Me
(, January 25, 2024)

Loopholes (BoomerLitMag, Volume 7, No. 3, 2023)

-Ars Poetica With Red Petals
-Kale, Tomatoes, Eggplant
(I-70 Review, September 2024, forthcoming)

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer (Asimov's Science Fiction, forthcoming)

It's as if the Wall Were Transparent (Parentheses, 2023, Issue 15, p. 78)

Popular Metamorphosis (Abyss & Apex, Issue 91, Q3, 2024)

Neighborhood Watch (Grain Magazine, volume 51.3, Spring 2024, p. 9)
The poem is print only, but here's the Editor's note saying: A phrase “more star than cell” drawn from Kenton K. Yee’s poem, “Neighbourhood Watch,” provides not only the perfect title, but it also encapsulates this issue’s central preoccupation: “more star than cell.”

Astronomer's Prayer (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, forthcoming)

Waiting for Eurydice (Spoon River Poetry Review, Winter 2024, forthcoming)

Reflection Sonnet (Lunch Ticket's Amuse-Bouche, June 2024)

- Wormholes
- Department of the Interior
(Mantis, Issue 22, 2024, pp 81-82, forthcoming)

Apiology (One [Jacar Press], forthcoming)

Doppelgänger (The Lake, January 2024)

Mahjong Theater (Rogue Agent, Issue 105, December 2023)

Two Paper Bags from San Francisco (Revolute, Volume 005, April 2024)

- Snow-White Teeth in Dartmouth
- The Visitors
- Sestina With Teeth Expanding Like a Lie (Pushcart nomination)
(McNeese Review, Halloween "Boo"din issue, October 2023)

- Calling Home
- Sunflower Tea
(Passages North, Issue 46, Spring 2025, forthcoming)

Octopus's Lip (Paper Dragon [Drexel Publishing Group], Volume 7, 2024)

Writing My Dissertation at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, January 16, 2023)

Self Portrait as Chopsticks (Hawaii Pacific Review, July 2023; Pushcart nomination)

Snakes, Crocs, and Puffer Fish (Valparaiso Poetry Review, Volume XXV.1, Fall/Winter 2023-24)

Aqua Blues (Cortland Review, 2024, forthcoming)

Semantic Hunger (OxMag, Fall 2023, Issue 51, pp 142-143)

Breaches (Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature, Issue 10 (Intimacy), November 30, 2023)

Sleepworking (Strange Horizons, August 14, 2023)

Eight Ways of Looking at a Missing Person (The New Verse News, August 2, 2023)

My God, It's Full of Astronomers (Moon City Review 2024, pp 119-120)

Danny Jung from Second Grade (Bluestem, 2024, forthcoming)

Moon Pie Sonnet (Poor Yorick, Spring 2024, p 10)

Lightning Theater (Invisible City, Issue 7, Fall 2023)

- Fishy Memory
- Kingfishers
(Gargoyle, Issue #7, expected end of January 2024)

It's Accrual World (Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation, Issue 21, 2023, p 141, print only)

Diversity (Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts 28, volume 1, Fall 2023, print only)

Tangerine Sonnet (ASP Bulletin, Issue 8, February 2024)

If You Like Math 42% Or More, You’ll Hate This 93% (TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Volume 11, Issue 5, November 2023)

Parallels (Sugar House Review, Summer 2023, p 28)

Debits and Carrots (Broadkill, Volume 18.1, Winter 2024)

Ressurection Sonnet ["Ressurection" isn't a misspelling but a sensational spelling.] (The Quarter(ly) by Quarter Press, Volume 9 "In the Dark," Winter, 2024, p. 11)

Basho Attends Company Luncheon (Landlocked, 2024, forthcoming)

-The Octopus of Happiness
-The Speed of Joy
(Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry, forthcoming)

Duck Rabbit (Full Bleed, 2023, Issue #6, p 73)

-The Craft of Art
-Code Mountain
(North Dakota Quarterly, Volume 91, Numbers 1/2, Spring-Summer 2024, p 220-21)

-Suspicion (p. 181)
-The Rear View Mirror (pp. 182-183)
(Quarter After Eight: A Journal of Innovative Literature & Art, 2024, Volume 30, pp. 181-183)

F_O_R__M_Y__F___T_H_E_R (Zoetica Press: Heathentide Orphans, 2023, page 23)

Atmosphere and Lights (Berkeley Poetry Review, Fall 2022, "Made at Home" volume, page 16)

I Parrot Therefore I Am (Passages North, No. 45, 2024, p. 161)

Dandelion Seeds Swirling Over a Manhole (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2023, p 87)
Link will point to this poem only when July/August 2023 is the 'current issue':

Cutting Ties and Other Delicacies (Valley Voices, Spring 2023, volume 23.1, p 86)

Pompeii Casts (The South Carolina Review, Volume 55.2, Spring 2023, p 43)

The Crab Shucker (the museum of americana, Issue 30, Summer 2023)

Abducted Goldfish (The New Verse News, Tuesday August 30, 2022)

Tonight's Kind of Sky (Lily Poetry Review, 2023, Issue 9, p 69)

Chickens & Eggs, (Stoneboat Literary Journal, Spring 2023, Issue 13.1)

Moving Ceremony (South Dakota Review, Volume 57, No. 4, p. 41, print only)

Lines and Consequences (South Dakota Review, Volume 57, No. 4, p. 40, print only)

-Meditation on a 60 Percent Chance of Rain (p 9)
-Free Range and Unhinged (p 45)
(300 Days of Sun, Volume 2, Issue 5, May 2024, p 9 and p 45)

Flashback (805 Lit + Art, Volume 9, Issue 3, November 2023; Best New Poets anthology nomination)

Buoyancy (Hellbender Magazine, Metamorphosis issue, May 2024, p 163)

Moonlight Sonata With Orange Flames (Juniper, Summer 2023, Volume 7, Issue 1)

Chicks and Balances (Arboreal Literary, Issue No. 3, August 2023)

Ars Poetica With an Acronym (Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, July 2023)

Invisible Cities (Big City Lit, Summer 2023)

- Sea Spiders
- Young Bombardiers
- The Escaped Balloon
- Ode to Dying Alone
(In Parentheses, June 2023)

City Bees, Heartwood Literary Magazine (Issue 16, Fall 2023)

- In Ghostlier Demarcations, Keener Sounds
- Lobster Tales
- Selling Yourself
(Tomahawk Creek Review, Issue 1, Summer 2023)

-Spring Terror
-Surface Currents
(Kelp Journal - The Wave, August 24, 2023)

One Piglet's Dream (Inscape Journal, Winter 2023, Issue 43.1, p 54)

When I Pitied Humans (SLANT: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 37.1, Spring 2023)

Postmodern Terror (Steam Ticket, Spring 2023, Volume 26, p. 10)

The Felt Universe: A Sestina (Red Ogre Review, April 2023)

Anise (Ignatian Literary Magazine, Fall 2022;
reprinted in Flight: Ignatian Literary Magazine "best of Fall 2022- Spring 2023" Compendium, 2023, p 10)

- Murmuration or Boondoggle
- Starfish
- My Private Moon
- The Mathematician's Pen
- Obsession / Destiny
- Autobiography
(New World Writing Quarterly, October 13, 2022)

Cache and Release (Hollins Critic, Volume 59, No. 4, October 2022, print only)

Young Lovers or Duck Eggs (miniskirt magazine, Issue 14, July 2022)

Mississippi Lights (Delta Poetry Review, June 2022)

Dauphin Island (Delta Poetry Review, June 2022)

Gumbo (Delta Poetry Review, June 2022)

Blind Spots (Pembroke Magazine, Issue 54, 2022, print only)

Triple Dribble (Quibble Lit, January 2023, Issue 8)

-Purgatory Looking In
-The Birth of Joy
(Inlandia, scheduled for Fall 2023, forthcoming)

-New Retiree's Love Song
-Why Season Tickets
(Willows Wept Review, Spring 2023, Issue 28, pp 42-43)

Snow Condominium (The Bookends Review, March 31, 2023)

Palimpsest (The Bookends Review, April 10, 2023)

-School of Rhyme
-Möbius Meop
(Alba, Winter 2023, Issue 39)

THREE POEMS (San Antonio Review, March 2023):
- Let Be Be the Irony of Seem
- Cheers
- Prenuptial Prayer

The Bird Beneath My Feet (The Weekly, Five South, June/July 2022)

I'd Break the Pane (The Weekly, Five South, June/July 2022)

Family History (The Weekly, Five South, June/July 2022)

Modern Breakup (The Weekly, Five South, June/July 2022)

New Room (The Elevation Review, special National Poetry Month issue, April 2022)

Second Sevens (Gyroscope Review, Issue 22-2: Spring 22, p 9 [first poem])

Auguries of Avalanche (The Indianapolis Review, Issue 19: Winter 22)

Metaphor of A Muse (The Summerset Review, Winter 22;
republished in Gyroscope Review, May 14, 2023)

The Art of Cake (The Summerset Review, Winter 22)

Venus Flytrap (LIGEIA Magazine, Summer 21)

The Monday Following Your Execution (Tipton Poetry Journal, Issue 49, Summer 2021, p 24)

Corporate Life (Matter Monthly, Issue 30, September 2021)

Plastic Rose (Matter, September 2021)

For Your Eighteenth Birthday (Plume Poetry, July 2021)

Self-Driven Taxi (Strange Horizons, October 2017)
Read by Ciro Faienza (Strange Horizons podcast)

Mole With a Motto (Trampoline, Issue 8.6A)

The Many Words Interpretation of Classical Mechanics (Every Day Poets)

As You Urinate (Partners in Rhyme: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry)

If a Black Hole Could (Every Day Poets)

Hole-19b (elimae)

Newtonian Gravitation (Every Day Poets)

One Convenience Store Clerk’s Contribution to Cable TV Ratings (Monkeybicycle)

Losing his Voice (Word Riot, April 2011)

Inside a Restaurant Aquarium (Monkeybicycle)

Prehensile Tongue (Short, Fast, and Deadly)


Two Rosé Lunch Hour (Passages North, No. 45, 2024, p. 162)

Algo Rhythms (Puerto del Sol, Issue 58.2, Winter 2023, pp 62-64)
-- (reprint, NUNUM anthology, forthcoming)

My Parallel Worlds (The Rupture, Issue 116, December 2021)

Streaming Meemie (Shotgun Honey, June 2020)

So Many Holes in This Our Universe (Necessary Fiction, June 2020)

The Prenup Murders (Akashic Books: Mondays are Murder series)

Awakening (Daily Science Fiction)

Shooting Stars (A cappella Zoo, Issue 11, Fall 2013;
reprinted in Palms166, a Stanford alumni anthology, 2017)

Marriage for Moonlighters (Monkeybicycle, February 2013)

Goldilocks and the Three Point Five Bears (Corium Magazine, February 2014)

Your Gedanken Collection (Hobart)

The Oldest Game in Town (The Cafe Irreal, 2013)

Indistinguishable (Quantum Shorts)
(anthologized in Quantum Shorts: Collected Flash Fiction Inspired by Quantum Physics)
published by the Centre for Quantum Technologies in collaboration with Scientific American and Nature;
reprinted in The Metaworker Literary Magazine, March 14, 2022)

Cosmological Expansion (DOGZPLOT, February 2015)

Aurora's Sky (Every Day Fiction)

Losing His Voice (Word Riot)

Bot Gone, Ramifications (Perihelion)
(It's the second story on this "shorter stories" page).

Author interview at PANK Magazine

Try My Shank (PANK, 7/5/2012;
performed by Matt Weller in Drabblecast 280 podcast)

The Roach Under Her Bed
(The Los Angeles Review, volume 11, Spring 2012, pp 177-178)

Irreversible Dad (Brain Harvest, August 2011)
Anthologized in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader presents Flush Fiction: 88 Short-Short Stories You Can Read in a Single Sitting (Apr 2012, Bathroom Readers' Institute)

Allure (Word Riot, January 2015)

Wholly Matrimony (with animation, Liquid Imaginations)

Teenage Housefly (Word Riot, March 2011)

Daddy, Wake Up (Bartleby Snopes)

Why do you write?

“To omit a word always, to resort to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of stressing it.” -- Jorge Luis Borges in The Garden of Forking Paths

Any favorite authors? Books?

I don't really have "favorites" (they drift over time), but Wallace Stevens, Louise Glück, Keats, The New York School, Kazuo Ishiguro, Haruki Murakami, Dean Young, and John Edward Williams, among others...

Kenton K. Yee's Wall

Bill Yarrow – Aug 21, 2012

Thanks for commenting on "Not Enough Sin to Go Around," Kenton. re: "redacted." The speaker is thinking that sometimes a shaky present makes one want to reimagine the past.

Gary Percesepe – Aug 14, 2012

kenton, thanks for reading and commenting on my piaon piece--



Matthew Robinson – Aug 13, 2012

Appreciate the comment on "Shell of My Future Self," Kenton. Look forward to reading more of your work!

Marcus Speh – Aug 12, 2012

thanks for commenting on "in the nude", fellow ex-physicist!

Matthew Robinson – Aug 07, 2012

Thanks, Kenton, for the comments on the oppressionist and how we made gravity about us!

Susan Tepper – Aug 07, 2012

Kenton thank you for reading my story Wreath and your lovely comment! Cheers! susan

Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 04, 2012

And thank you for your kind comment on There's Going to be a Story at the End. You must be really busy between your demanding writing program and Fictionaut.

Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 02, 2012

Kenton, thank you for your insightful comment on The Sneeze. I responded at the story site. I also enjoyed your story about poor Irreversible Dad.

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