S201. Centering the Othered: Embracing Speculative Literature in Writing Classrooms

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

 

This panel addresses the social and political relevance of a broad range of fantastic, magical and weird fictions. The recent rise of Black horror, Indigenous futurisms, Asian speculations, and feminist dystopias, among others, demonstrate the cultural and aesthetic diversity found in genre writing, yet speculative genres are still largely ignored in creative writing programs. Panelists who write and teach genre fiction share their tools for bringing spec lit into the classroom.

Moderator:

Emily Pohl-Weary is the author of Ghost Sick (poetry), Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (YA), and the Hugo Award-winning Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril (biography). She is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. Her PhD research was on transgressive writing pedagogy.

Nalo Hopkinson, professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, has received the John W Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award. She was fiction coeditor of People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction. She is writing a graphic novel for the Sandman series.

Larissa Lai is the author of six books including the novels Salt Fish Girl and The Tiger Flu. Winner of an Astraea Award and shortlisted for seven more, she holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing.

Elizabeth Leung is a student in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at UBC. She works as a research assistant examining young adult literature and a teaching assistant in creative writing classes. She is also writing a young adult novel about a sentient AI and teenagers with dyslexia.

Amber Dawn lives on unceded Coast Salish territory. She is the author of the speculative fiction novels Sub Rosa and Sodom Road Exit, memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir, and poetry collection Where the Words End and My Body Begins. She teaches at the University of British Columbia.

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March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center

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