S122. A Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel celebrates the late Ursula K. Le Guin who, during a fifty-two year career, won top literary awards for her work in multiple genres, challenged gender norms, and inspired countless women’s voices. Among other topics, panelists will discuss Le Guin’s legacy as a feminist science fiction and fantasy writer, the Earthsea series’ rightful place in the canon, the uses of humor in her children’s books, and her distinct treatment of aging in No Time to Spare, a collection of blog posts.


Misha Rai is the 2018–2020 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose. Her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill, was awarded the Dana Award in the novel category, the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies (2016), and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2018).

Jody Keisner's recent work appears in Fourth Genre, The Threepenny Review, Brevity, Post Road, Assay, and elsewhere. An assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, she is at work on a collection of essays that explore the physical and psychological landscapes of fear as they relate to women.

Mike Cadden is a professor of English at Missouri Western State University where he teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. He is past president of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA) and the author of Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults.

Kelly Daniels is the author of the memoir Cloudbreak, California, one of BuzzFeed's 13 Favorite Memoirs of 2013. A MacDowell fellow and a regular contributor to The Sun magazine, he teaches creative writing at Augustana College, in Rock Island, IL.

Ann Przyzycki is the founding editor of Isthmus, a literary journal based in Seattle. She has an MFA from Western Michigan University, where she was managing editor of Third Coast. Currently a freelance editor, she also has fifteen years' experience working with independent and scholarly presses.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center