Capclave 2018

small_dodo_transparentJoin me at the DC metro area speculative fiction convention Capclave 2018

I will be a program participant at Capclave 2018 this weekend in the Washington, DC metro area, alongside Dog Star Books author J.L. Gribble, members of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, and many others including guests of honor Nancy Kress and Alyssa Wong.

Here’s where you can find me over the weekend:

Friday

8 Toward a More Diverse Genre (Truman)
How do authors portray persons of color, disabilities, and gender in their stories? Science Fiction and Fantasy have come a long way and have often been at the forefront of these issues and sometimes not. What more needs to be done? What’s the next step in portraying a more diverse universe?

Saturday

3 The Future of Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction (Eisenhower)
Last year’s Afrofuturism was incredibly successful and popular, so we decided to have another one. Discussion on the meanings on Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction. The panelists would discuss the present state of the genre and its future.
4:30 DWASF Meet & Greet (room TBA)
Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF)—will host a meet-and-greet to interact with attendees, provide refreshments, and have a giveaway.
7:30 Mass autograph Signing with cash bar and cake (Eisenhower/Jackson)

Sunday

11 John Edward Lawson reading (Lincoln)
Poetry reading with Q&A.
12 Black Panther (Washington Theater)
The impact of the movie and the comics. The movie was huge. Nnedi Okorafor has just announced she’s writing the new Shuri comic and Ta-Nahesi Coates has written for Black Panther as well. Panelists discuss the cultural significance of Black Panther.

The event is being held at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center,
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852-1699. For more information please visit https://www.capclave.org/capclave/capclave18/.

HWA Guest Post: I Don’t Like Poetry

JELauthor2018This month renowned speculative poet Marge Simon was kind enough to invite my contribution as guest writer of her column Blood & Spades for the Horror Writers Association newsletter. You can read the column at http://horror.org/private/newsletter/?article=blood-and-spades-3.

While you’re there I have a favor to ask. Please click through links to other features in the newsletter to read columns by other working authors and editors, and catch up on HWA happenings. Know anybody who might benefit from being part of the HWA? Or, maybe somebody who is into poetry and would get a kick of my dissection of how werewolf limericks fit into the literary landscape? Please share the column far and wide. Thanks in advance!

A note about the poems included in the column: the bulk of them are from my forthcoming collection Bibliophobia, which will be my seventh book of poetry. Bibliophobia will be available soon from Raw Dog Screaming Press. Would you like a review copy? Please contact publicity@rawdogscreaming.com.

In the meantime, if you feel like enjoying some more poetry here’s a selection of books by some of my influences in the scene, and some of the names to watch. They are available at https://aerbook.com/store/raw_dog_screaming/Killer_Poetry/10808. Any sales through that link help keep Raw Dog Screaming Press in business, Yes, even sales of the books RDSP didn’t publish!

Most importantly please let me know if there are any poets you think I ought to be reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Balticon 2018

 

Dog Star Books and Raw Dog Screaming Press authors and editors J.L. Gribble, John Edward Lawson, and K. Ceres Wright will appear at Balticon this weekend. Their programming schedules are extensive and varied. Check the listings below for information regarding readings, panels, signings, workshops, socials, and more. We hope to see you there!

OTHER CRUCIAL INFO

Parking: an area expert has informed me that the hotel parking is quite poor. Instead, the parking at 400 East Pratt is recommended. For a map and online reservations visit https://www.lazparking.com/local/baltimore–md/400-east-pratt.

Topics: have something you’d like to see discussed on the panels listed below? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

Harassment Policy: the Balticon harassment policy can be viewed at http://bsfs.org/policy.htm.

Awesome: you’re awesome regardless of whether you can make it to the event or not! Want some other way to show your support? Please consider sharing this event with others. Thanks!

Other things to do: if the 300 hours of programming offered by Balticon aren’t enough, or if your friends and family need something to do while you attend the convention, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is located in the middle of Baltimore’s Harborplace where you will find restaurants, shops, nightclubs, museums, the National Aquarium, and more.

SCHEDULE

Gribble photo colorFriday
4pm
• The Blurring of Genre Borders (panel) J.L. Gribble
• Freelancing in the Publishing Industry (panel) John Edward Lawson
5pm Introduction to SFF Poetry (panel) John Edward Lawson

6pm There’s No Such Thing as Apolitical Fiction (panel) John Edward Lawson

8pm Microfiction and Micropoetry (panel) John Edward Lawson

Saturday

authors-kcereswright10am Effective Marketing for the Self-Published Author (panel) John Edward Lawson

11am Running a Small Press (panel) John Edward Lawson

12pm Afrofuturism 101 (panel) K. Ceres Wright

1pm
• Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading (J.L. Gribble)
• Readings: Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (John Edward Lawson, K. Ceres Wright)
2pm Slash of Our Ancestors: A History of Fanfic (panel) J.L. Gribble
5pm
• Autograph session with J.L. Gribble & Jay Smith
• Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF) Meet & Greet (John Edward Lawson, K. Ceres Wright)
9pm Writing Psychological Horror (panel) K. Ceres Wright

Sunday

12pm
JELauthor2018• Alternate History: Creating Stories by Changing the Past (presentation) J.L. Gribble
• Yourself and Someone Unlike You: Why Representation is Good for Everyone (panel) John Edward Lawson
2 pm Readings: John Edward Lawson, Starla Huchton, Charles Gannon
4 pm Fandom Trolls and How to Vanquish Them (panel) J.L. Gribble
5pm Diversity Readers and Why You Need Them (panel) John Edward Lawson

7pm Readings with J.L. Gribble & Paul E. Cooley

8pm
• Long Live the King: The Success of Black Panther (panel) John Edward Lawson
• Taking Off the Training Wheels: Fanfic to Original Fic (panel) J.L. Gribble
9pm Tales From the Slush Pile (panel) John Edward Lawson

Monday
10am Writing Compelling Villains (panel) J.L. Gribble
11am How to Keep Writing After the Workshop (panel) J.L. Gribble

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Thoughts and Feelings About Black Panther

It’s been a while since I did a film review, but this week I join five other Speculative Chic contributors to discuss Black Panther. My contribution is a mere 500 words, but those are 500 words in which I do manage to coin the phrase: “Once you go to Wakanda, you don’t go back yonder.” I expect to see that appearing on T-shirts and other merchandise posthaste.

Unsurprisingly, all the reviewers had a lot to say about this particular movie. Please join the discussion over at http://speculativechic.com/2018/02/20/sound-off-black-panther/ —we look forward to your comments!

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Women in Horror Month Poetry Reading

Please join us TONIGHT at 8 p.m. on the Raw Dog Screaming Press YouTube channel for a live poetry reading featuring Stephanie M. Wytovich, Donna Lynch, and Erin Al-Mehairi.

via #WomeninHorrorMonth Live Poetry Reading Tues, Feb 20 – Wytovich, Lynch, and Me (Al-Mehairi)!

KNICKERS TO YOU, TOO.

The Belko Experiment: A Comparative Review Featuring The Hunger Games, Battle Royale, and Thinky Stuff

I’ve spent the better part of a month piecing together coverage of The Belko Experiment, which has now gone live over at Speculative Chic. Their editorial team did a great job helping me through the process. Much of that involved them being exceedingly patient. Regardless, I think the end result might be of interest to readers of dystopian fiction, fans of the films, and people into pop culture analysis.

BRlogoIf you’ve been a long-time fan of Beat Kitano Takeshi like I have, going on 25 years, then you’re familiar with Battle Royale. Ever since the rise of The Hunger Games series there have been grumbles from Battle Royale fans about how Suzanne Collins’ work is derivative. And now The Belko Experiment hits the scene, purposefully inviting such comparisons, as explained in my review.

Please click through to read the full (lengthy) text. Be warned, though, this is a departure from the typical Speculative Chic review, in that it straps on galoshes and jumps into the rabbit hole of academic overthinking. For me that sorta thing is fun — I mean, I’m doing it all the time in my head while I’m watching commercials, taking kids to Laser Tag, or listening to somebody talk about their day. Don’t worry, if you’ve discussed your day with me I won’t be posting a critical analysis of it online.

As always please let me know what you think in the comments section at http://speculativechic.com/2017/04/19/death-match-the-belko-experiment-vs-battle-royale-vs-the-hunger-games/ and let people interested in the subject know about it when you can! Thanks.belko

A Review of Life

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My review of the film Life is now live at Speculative Chic. Please click through and give it a read, but just as import please share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks! The URL is http://speculativechic.com/2017/03/30/sound-off-life/.

While you are there I recommend checking out the joint Sound Off! review of Power Rangers by JL Gribble and Julia. It sounds like a fun film! You can read that at http://speculativechic.com/2017/03/29/sound-off-power-rangers/.

Movie Reviews

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I’m happy to say this is the first of many film reviews I’ll be getting published in the near future. If you haven’t seen Get Out yet I highly recommend it, and touch on why over at Speculative Chic.

Please visit http://speculativechic.com/2017/02/28/sound-off-get-out/ to check it out…thanks!

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