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Saturday, October 17 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Role of the Critic

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It is almost obvious that as media strives to include more voices--writers of color, disabled writers, queer writers in the broadest sense -- that the entire pipeline must be as diverse to support them, from creator to critic. This panel would explore this idea, that a writer/creative exists in an ecosystem of support that includes vibrant, diverse critique from people within with-out of their community. The internet seems to make this easy, anyone can express their opinion, so how do professional (or semi-professional) organizations produce useful critique? How does it differ based on media? What’s the place of a review website or blog in the publishing environment? Is it getting better? Worse? Growing? Changing? Where has it been where is it going?

Moderators
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Leslie E. Light

Editor/Writer, Black Nerd Problems
Leslie E.H. Light is a writer, editor, mother, and pound cake enthusiast. She stands up for Black Speculative Fiction at BlackNerdProblems.com, where she’s a writer and editor. Her short fiction has been published in Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds and she’s self-published... Read More →

Guests
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Alex Brown

critic, author, librarian
Alex Brown is an asexual and aromantic biracial Black woman working as a teen services librarian, local historian, writer, and author. She has a BA with honors in Anthropology and Sociology, a Master’s of Library and Information Science, and a Master’s in US History, specializing... Read More →
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Sean Dowie

Book Reviewer/Submissions Manager
Sean Dowie is a mixed-race book reviewer who intermittently writes fiction. He's part of FIYAH's reviewing team, and is a contributor for the Hugo-nominated fanzine Nerds of a Feather. Just recently, he deviated a little from his reviewing-focused lifestyle by joining Augur Magazine's... Read More →
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Chloe (Thistle & Verse)

Chloe is a booktuber based in Pennsylvania. She has been on the platform for about a year and primarily reviews sff by Black authors. Folklore adaptations and bio sci fi hold a special place in her heart.


Saturday October 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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