I’m ridiculously excited to report that on Monday, January 7th, 2013, at 7PM, I’ll be reading as part of an LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy Night at Bluestockings Books in New York City.
And I’ll be joined by artists I adore - or am excited to learn more about: Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner and Carmen Maria Machado and Richard Bowes and Val Howlett.
I’ll be posting lots more announcements and updates over the next few months, but for right now… save the date, book your tickets, get excited.
Speculative fiction is a fundamentally queer enterprise - an exercise in imagining radically different ways of being. Aliens and robots and clones and witches and empaths have all been used by LGBTQ writers and readers to gain new perspectives on issues of sexual difference, gender identity, marginalization, and oppression. Some of New York City’s leading queer writers of science fiction and fantasy - and a few out-of-town guests - will gather for six short pieces exploring science fiction and fantasy in all its wild imaginative weirdness. Featuring: Richard Bowes, Val Howlett, Ellen Kushner, Carmen Maria Machado, Sam J. Miller, and Delia Sherman.
LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy Night
Monday, January 7th, 2013, at 7PM
Bluestockings Books - 172 Allen Street, New York NY 10002
Richard Bowes’ new novel Dust Devil on a Quiet Street will appear on Mayday 2013 from Lethe Press. Minions of the Moon his 1999 Lambda-winning novel will soon be available in e-book and POD formats from Tor. Recent and forthcoming appearances include: F&SF, Icarus, Apex, Lightspeed and The anthologies Million Writers Award, After, Wilde Stories 2012, Bloody Fabulous, Ghost’s: Recent Hauntings, Handsome Devil, Hauntings, Once Upon a Time and Where Thy Dark Eye Glances
Val Howlett is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Her story”The Arf Thing” was the winner of VCFA’s In a Nutshell Short Story Award in the summer of 2011. She is currently working on a YA novel, Underdog.
Ellen Kushner’s first novel, Swordspoint, quickly became a cult book that some say initiated the queer end of the “fantasy of manners” spectrum. She returned to the same setting in The Privilege of the Sword and its sequel, The Fall of the Kings (written with her partner, Delia Sherman), as well as a growing number of short stories. Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer, won the Mythopoeic Award and the World Fantasy Award. She and her partner, author and educator Delia Sherman, live in New York City, with a lot of books, airplane ticket stubs, and no cats whatsoever. www.EllenKushner.com
Carmen Maria Machado is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Unstuck, Indiana Review, Five Chapters, Opium Magazine, and Best Women’s Erotica 2012 (from Cleis Press). She has contributed nonfiction to The Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, and The Rumpus. She lives in Iowa City.
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His fiction and essays have appeared in Strange Horizons, The Minnesota Review, Fiction International, Washington Square, and The Rumpus. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com
Delia Sherman has been exploring history, fairy tale, and gay themes in her fiction ever since her first novel, Through A Brazen Mirror came out in 1989. In collaboration with her partner Ellen Kushner, she wrote the World Fantasy Award nominated novella “The Fall of the Kings,” which they later expanded considerably into The Fall of the Kings. Delia enjoys teaching, knitting, living in New York City and traveling.