F278. Monsters, Marvels, & Melanin: A Discussion of Black Speculative Fiction

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel will focus on Black speculative fiction, and how it can be utilized to translate the experience of those from the African diaspora. The panellists will engage in an open discussion about the genre, the importance of minority writers within the spectrum of science fiction and fantasy, as well as short readings from the panellists own work that display the unique way speculative fiction can frame a marginalized experience.



Kat Lewis is the author of the story collection, In and of Blood. She graduated from Johns Hopkins where she held the Saul Zaentz Fellowship. She received a 2018 Fulbright Creative Arts grant to research Korean folklore. Lewis is the editor-in-chief of Switchback at the University of San Francisco.

Sean Smith (writing as Charlie J. Eskew) Charlie J. Eskew is the writer of two speculative works, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a speculative work of satire, and Judges: Where the Light Lay Still a prequel to the Judge Dredd series.

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches in the University of Pittsburgh Writing Program.

Gary Jackson is author of Missing You, Metropolis, which was the winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at the College of Charleston.

Elwin Michael Cotman is a writer of fabulist fiction from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two collections of short stories, The Jack Daniels Sessions EP and Hard Times Blues. He was a member of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writers Collective.


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