S146. Latinx Speculative Fiction: What Sets it Apart?

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


From Puerto Rico to Alaska, Latinx writers are redefining US literature and pushing its boundaries. Readers of speculative fiction have found themselves increasingly absorbed in the work of innovative writers like Junot Díaz, Carmen Maria Machado, and Daniel José Older, who bring a Latinx spin to established literary and popular fiction. What is speculative for the mainstream is real life in real time for us, as we mirror contemporary events in our creative work.



Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently, The Deepest Roots. Honored by Western States Book Award, PNBA Fiction Award, Governors Writers Award, ArtistTrust, Island Treasure, Intl Latino Book Award, and Con Tinta, she is cofounder of Raven Chronicles.

Pablo Brescia has published three books of short stories: La derrota de lo real/The Defeat of the Real; Fuera de Lugar/Out of Place and La apariencia de las cosas/The Appearance of Things, and the book of hybrid texts No hay tiempo para la poesía/NoTime for Poetry with the pen name Harry Bimer.

David Bowles is a Mexican American author and university professor from the Río Grande Valley of South Texas. He has received awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters, and Texas Associated Press. The latest of his thirteen books is Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky.

Brenda Peynado's work appears in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Tor.com, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, and others. She received an MFA at Florida State University and a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida.


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