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Saturday, October 17
 

10:00am EDT

Guest of Honor: Rebecca Roanhorse
A special talk with author Rebecca Roanhorse about her new epic fantasy book BLACK SUN

Moderators
avatar for Brent Lambert

Brent Lambert

Senior Programming Coordinator
Brent Lambert is a queer Black author based out of San Diego with roots in the South, particularly Louisiana. He manages Social Media and Reviews for FIYAH Literary Magazine. He is an upcoming editor for the flash fiction anthology Breathe FIYAH, a collaboration between Tor and FIYAH... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca Roanhorse is a New York Times Bestseller and Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer. Her novels include Trail of Lightning, Storm of Locusts (both part of the Sixth World series), Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, and the middle grade novel on the Rick... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
The Great Hall
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12:00pm EDT

The Role of the Critic
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
avatar for Leslie E. Light

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
avatar for Alex Brown

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 →
avatar for Sean Dowie

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 →
avatar for Chloe (Thistle & Verse)

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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2:00pm EDT

Beautiful Weeds: Thriving When We Weren't Meant to Survive
Real talk about the challenges of growing around institutional limits expectations, finding joy in difficulty, the freedom that lies on the other side. A survival guide roadmap: Here's where we fell down. Here's who helped us up. Here are the doors that were closed to us. Here's how to fly over them.

Moderators
avatar for E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu is the author of On Fragile Waves, forthcoming in December 2020. She received the Artist Trust / LaSalle Storyteller Award in 2017 and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer in 2012. Her stories appear in venues from McSweeney's to Tor.com and in eleven best-of-the-year... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Lisa M. Bradley

Lisa M. Bradley

BIO: A queer Latina originally from South Texas, Lisa M. Bradley now lives in Iowa. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous venues, including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Anathema, and Fireside Fiction. Her first collection is The Haunted Girl (Aqueduct Press... Read More →
avatar for K.S. Villoso

K.S. Villoso

K.S. Villoso writes speculative fiction with a focus on deeply personal themes and character-driven narratives. Much of her work is inspired by her childhood in the slums of Taguig, Philippines. She is now living amidst the forest and mountains with her husband, children, and dogs... Read More →
avatar for Corinne Duyvis

Corinne Duyvis

Corinne Duyvis is the critically acclaimed author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy novels Otherbound, which Kirkus called “a stunning debut;” On the Edge of Gone, which Publishers Weekly called “a riveting apocalyptic thriller with substantial depth;” and The Art of Saving the Wo... Read More →
avatar for Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar

Attendee
Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines including Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Apex, Stone Telling, and Mythic Delirium; anthologies including The Djinn Falls... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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4:00pm EDT

Guest of Honor: Cassie Hart
A special talk with author Cassie Hart about her upcoming works journey in the SFF industry.

Moderators
avatar for Brent Lambert

Brent Lambert

Senior Programming Coordinator
Brent Lambert is a queer Black author based out of San Diego with roots in the South, particularly Louisiana. He manages Social Media and Reviews for FIYAH Literary Magazine. He is an upcoming editor for the flash fiction anthology Breathe FIYAH, a collaboration between Tor and FIYAH... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cassie Hart

Cassie Hart

Cassie Hart (aka J.C. Hart and Nova Blake) is a Māori (Kāi Tahu, Makaawhio) speculative fiction writer who enjoys delving into human nature in all its beauty and disarray.Over the past five years she has published over ten novel and novellas, and has had her work printed in various... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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Sunday, October 18
 

10:00am EDT

SFF Fandom: Community and Finding Acceptance
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?

Moderators
avatar for Foz Meadows

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 →

Guests
avatar for Keidra Chaney

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 →
avatar for Isabel Schechter

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 →
avatar for L.L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney

Writer
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 →
avatar for N.E. Davenport

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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2:00pm EDT

Reading as Networking: Building Community by Engaging Work
Writing can be a solitary act, but all writers need community for both creative and business purposes. Reading is perhaps the easiest way to connect with authors. This panel explores how talking about stories can be the vehicle for a writer to build a genuine creative network.

Moderators
avatar for Noria

Noria

Noria is a queer, bisexual Nigerian bookworm and booktuber, living in Lagos, with a love for fantasy and an appreciation for sci-fi. She is always looking for her next favourite novel, and is always ready to have a conversation about books.

Guests
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen. Their middle grade debut, THE INSIDERS, is out in 2021. When not writing, they run the online Mark Does Stuff universe and are trying to pet every... Read More →
avatar for Adri

Adri

Book Reviewer
Adri is a queer, trans, and non-binary Mexican-American book reviewer. They’ve been creating BookTube content for almost seven years on perpetualpages and remain interested in creating content that celebrates and centers marginalized voices, intersectional viewpoints, and inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia

Attendee
Kwame is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, and the sequel TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD (October 6, 2020) are published... Read More →
avatar for Charles Payseur

Charles Payseur

Charles Payseur is an avid reader, writer, and reviewer of all things speculative. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine, and many more. He runs Quick Sip Reviews, has been a Hugo finalist fan writer... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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4:00pm EDT

Guest of Honor: Yasser Bahjatt
A special talk with SFF author organizer Yasser Bahjatt about his work journey in the SFF field.

Moderators
avatar for Brent Lambert

Brent Lambert

Senior Programming Coordinator
Brent Lambert is a queer Black author based out of San Diego with roots in the South, particularly Louisiana. He manages Social Media and Reviews for FIYAH Literary Magazine. He is an upcoming editor for the flash fiction anthology Breathe FIYAH, a collaboration between Tor and FIYAH... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Yasser Bahjatt

Yasser Bahjatt

Yasser is a technologist, futurist, serial entrepreneur, author, computer engineer and consultant.He is the co-founder of Yatakahayloon (they are imagining), a company focused on cultivating SciFi across Arabia and raising it to the level where it can be globally competitive.His novel... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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5:00pm EDT

Speculative Fiction is Global
Speculative fiction perspective can often stagnate around US and UK conferences and publishers, but SF is truly global, with rapidly expanding genre reading markets across the world. Come and learn more about SF from places outside of the industry's usual gaze.

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Yasser Bahjatt

Yasser Bahjatt

Yasser is a technologist, futurist, serial entrepreneur, author, computer engineer and consultant.He is the co-founder of Yatakahayloon (they are imagining), a company focused on cultivating SciFi across Arabia and raising it to the level where it can be globally competitive.His novel... Read More →
avatar for Katalina Watt

Katalina Watt

Attendee
Katalina Watt is a Filipinx-British author published in Haunted Voices, Ceremony, Unspeakable, Malefaction Magazine: Femme Fatale, Extra Teeth: Issue Two, and Cunning Folk's Re-Enchantment Issue. She is currently working on her Horror-Fantasy debut short story collection inspired... Read More →
avatar for Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon is African Australian, a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing.  She's the author of Claiming T-Mo (Meerkat Press) and Writing Speculative Fiction (Macmillan). Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international... Read More →
avatar for Uche Ogbuji

Uche Ogbuji

Attendee
Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling in the US near Boulder. An engineer by training and entrepreneur by trade, he fell in love with poetry and spoken word at university in Nsukka and... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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