R289. Queering Genre Boundaries: The Speculative and Fantastic in LGBTQ+ Writing

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Speculative fiction allows writers to reflect reality not as it is, but as it could be. This can be a powerful tool to challenge societal conventions and reader expectations of gender and sexuality. Panelists will offer strategies for wielding this tool to write towards the queer future we need to see in the world. Queer writing often occupies a liminal space by default, so we’ll also look at ways to challenge both the gender and the genre/literary binary with a focus on intersectionality.


Dr. Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache scientist and writer. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple places, including Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Mythic Delirium, Cicada Magazine, and Lightspeed.

Nino Cipri is a queer and trans/nonbinary writer, researcher, and editor, and an MFA candidate at the University of Kansas. Nino's work has appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Publishers Weekly, Autostraddle, In the Fray, Interfictions, Fireside Magazine, and other venues.

R. Lemberg's debut poetry collection Marginalia to Stone Bird was a Crawford Award finalist in 2017. They also edited two LGBTQIA+ and feminist speculative poetry anthologies. As R. Perelmutter, they are an associate professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas.

Nicole Rivas is author of the flash fiction chapbook A Bright and Pleading Dagger. She teaches writing courses at Georgia Southern University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center