Clarion West’s Beyond Afrofuturism series: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Are you interested in Speculative Fiction? Are you a writer? Are you interested in learning more about Black editors and publishers in the speculative fiction field?

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this upcoming online event series with the Clarion West Writers Workshop and don’t want you to miss it!

The first event, Ancestors and Anthologies: New Worlds in Chorus, will be on Monday, April 12th at 6:30 pm PST. Moderated by award-winning author, editor, and Clarion West alum Nisi Shawl (New Suns, Everfair, Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany), this panel will feature a discussion with Linda D. Addison (Sycorax’s Daughters), Maurice Broaddus (POC Destroy Horror & Dark Faith), and Clarion West alum Sheree Renée Thomas (Dark Matter & Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine).

From the groundbreaking Dark Matter to Sycorax’s Daughters to POC Destroy!, anthologies are one way marginalized voices gather in chorus on a particular subject, subgenre, or genre. Our anthologies panel will delve into the world of bespoke collections with luminaries in the field.

The second event, Power in Publishing: Publishers Roundtable, will be on Sunday, May 15th at 1 pm PST and features a discussion with Bill Campbell (Rosarium), Milton Davis (MVmedia), Zelda Knight (AURELIA LEO), and Nicole Givens Kurtz (Mocha Memoirs), moderated by Clinton R. Fluker, the Curator of African American collections at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Library.

With major publishers stuck in a cycle of selling the same mainstream stories or tightening their belts when it comes to the work of marginalized communities, how are Black publishers shaping opportunities for BIPOC writers to have their voices heard?

The third event, Zines and Magazines: Expanding Worlds in Speculative Fiction, will be on Monday, May 17th at 7pm PST. Moderated by Arley Sorg of Locus and Fantasy Magazine this panel will feature a discussion with Eboni Dunbar (FIYAH Magazine), Craig Laurance Gidney (Baffling Magazine), Brent Lambert (FIYAH Magazine), Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana/Anathema) and LaShawn Wanak (Giganotosaurus).

Join prominent Black editors of online zines and magazines as they discuss their journeys into editing and the role editors play in creating space for the voices of BIPOC communities in the speculative fiction field.

Don’t miss this amazing series!

Also check out this book list with featuring writing and editorial work from some of the authors and editors taking part in these panels that you can find in our collection.

~posted by Misha S.

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