L. Rose Reed

L. Rose Writes

Image foreground is an upraised fist. Image background, out of focus, is a crowd sitting on the pavement of a city street.

A House on Fire Might Breathe a Phoenix to Life

A Protest Poem from the Homefront

Read the poem here.

(Image: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

What I Write:

Image of a woman sitting in a dry field next to a metal sculpture of a UFO.
L. Rose at the UFO Watchtower
Saguache County, Colorado

Low fantasy— It’s not quite urban fantasy, not quite magical realism, and definitely not epic fantasy.
But there are absolutely some magical shenanigans going on.

Queer characters— LGBTQ+ characters are ready for adventure! We have unexpected afterlives to navigate, temp-jobs with the Fae Court to be had, and haunted houses to fall in love with.

Narrative poetry— Stories, but with rhythm!

“Hey, Dad. If there’s high art, then what’s low art?”
“Stop signs. Somebody’s got to make ’em.”

Me, age 15. My dad, an ageless sage.

Featured Short Stories

Click the caption on one of the images below to read a short story!
Which intrigues you: muddy water, faery lights, or hilltop house?


“The Heights on
Faery Hill” in…

The Monsters We Forgot: Volume 1

Born and raised in the middle of a gray city, Lucy has always dreamed of the Green Place. On a Midsummer’s Eve, she is offered a chance to stay forever…
for a price.

Available from Soteira Press

“Quasix’s Doom Day” in…

Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime

During a flying lesson, Quasix’s carship is hijacked by an escaped war criminal who has some kind of history with Quasix’s flying instructor. Quasix can only hope that their shaky-at-best precognitive abilities will be enough to avert certain doom.

Available from Autonomous Press

“The Homunculus”

Helios Quarterly Magazine: Volume 4, Issue 4

The homunculus was created to serve her master, a reclusive alchemist with no love for humanity. But an encounter with a troll-witch presents her with an opportunity to choose for herself: for good or for ill.

Available from Aurelia Leo


I dig narrative poetry. Click here for some of my super cool poems!

About Me

Photo of a smiling woman with great eyeshadow and her beautiful yet stupid cat.

L. Rose Reed is an historian and former teacher. She writes queer YA speculative fiction and narrative poetry. When she isn’t taking home too many books from her job at the library, she is rehearsing for her community chorus’ next concert.

Reed’s work has appeared previously in several anthologies and magazines, including: Helios Quarterly Magazine Vol. 4.4; The Monsters We Forgot: Vol. 1; and Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Spacetime.

Reed currently lives in Aurora, Colorado with her siblings-of-choice and a clutter of cats. You may find her at her beloved spinet piano, or online at lrosewrites.tumblr.com and on Twitter at @LRoseWrites.

Current Favorite Books

All the Crooked Saints
by Maggie Stiefvater
Ms Marvel
by G. Willow Wilson
Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
Trickster’s Choice
by Tamora Pierce
by S. Jae-Jones
The Witch Boy
by Molly Knox Ostertag

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