R224A. Light is the Left Hand of Darkness: A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


“Truth,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, “is a matter of the imagination.” In 2018, one of America’s greatest science fiction writers passed on, leaving behind a library of literary and social achievements. Through her imaginative narratives, she scrutinized politics, gender, and the environment, creating alternate worlds and new societies as a means to convey deeper truths about our own. This panel celebrates her influential work and pays tribute to her legacy.



Alexander Lumans was awarded a 2018 NEA Grant in Prose. He was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell. He has received scholarships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and The Arctic Circle Residency. 

Emma Copley Eisenberg's writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, VQR, ZYZZYVA, Agni, The Common, The New Republic, Splinter, and others. She is author of The Third Rainbow Girl, forthcoming from Hachette Books in 2020.

C Pam Zhang's debut novel, How Much of These Hills is Gold, is forthcoming. Her speculative and realist fiction appears in Fairy Tale Review, Kenyon Review, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, Aspen Words, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

David Naimon is co-author of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing and host of the literary podcast Between the Covers. His work can be found in AGNIBoulevardVQRTin HouseFourth GenreZyzzyvaStoryQuarterly, and elsewhere.

Kelly Link


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