S187. Women Write the Future

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In a world of shifting alliances, power upheavals, and new challenges both environmental, socio-political, and technological, the science fiction, fantasy, and speculative genres offer artists a new imaginative lens to see and right/write the world. Women writers have added their voices and visions to this field, and are publishing now more than ever. Join four award-winning women writers reading and discussing works that reimagine the past, examine our present, and contemplate new futures.



Leah Umansky is the author of four books of poetry: The Barbarous Century, Don Dreams and I Dream, Straight Away the Emptied World, and Domestic Uncertainties. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, is the host and curator of the COUPLET Reading Series, and teaches in New York City.

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory and Render / An Apocalypse. Howell is the poetry editor at the Oxford American and the James Still Writer in Residence at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky.

Nisi Shawl is the Tiptree Award–winning author of the story collection Filter House and of Everfair, a Nebula Award–nominated alternate history of the Congo. She’s a founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a Clarion West board member. Guest of Honor appearances include WisCon 2011 and SFRA 2014.

Sheree Renée Thomas is the editor of the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter anthologies and the author of Shotgun Lullabies and Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, named on the 2016 James Tiptree Jr. Award Worthy List. Read her in Sycorax’s Daughters, Apex magazine, and Revise the Psalm.


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