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Sunday, October 18 • 10:00am - 11:00am
SFF Fandom: Community and Finding Acceptance

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In the age of social media, fandom continues to be more complicated and sometimes divisive. But there is also a lot of joy and community be found in it. In what ways do SFF fandoms create room for acceptance and community? How do you see fandom growing in the future?

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Foz Meadows

Foz Meadows is a queer Australian SFF author and critic based in California. She has won a Ditmar Award for Best Fan Writer (2017), the Norma K. Hemming Award for her novella Coral Bones (2018), and a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer (2019), and has also made the Hugo Fan Writer shortlist... Read More →

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Keidra Chaney

Editor, The Learned Fangirl
Keidra Chaney is a pop culture critic, essayist, and the co-founder and publisher of “The Learned Fangirl” which is focused on pop culture critical writing and academic scholarship about fan communities. She has written about pop culture, fan culture and social technology issues... Read More →
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Isabel Schechter

Isabel’s childhood love of books led her to discover the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, a popular gateway drug to science fiction and fantasy. Even though she was an avid reader, Isabel did not encounter organized science fiction fandom until adulthood. In the 25 years since... Read More →
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L.L. McKinney

Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtags #WhatWoCWritersHear and #PublishingPaidMe. Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas City. Her works include... Read More →
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N.E. Davenport

Nia "N.E." Davenport is the Science Fiction/Fantasy author of the forthcoming The Praetorian Trials and its sequel (Harper Voyager). She attended the University of Southern California and studied Biological Sciences and Theatre. She has an M.A. in Secondary Education, and she teaches... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
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