Climate Novels Reimagined: Innovative Publishing to Confront the Climate Crisis

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


For years, popular climate fiction has primarily been future dystopias that presuppose our failure in today’s battle against fossil fuels. Scientists agree that massive immediate change can still save the planet. Yet traditional publishing's lead time of two to three years is anything but immediate. These climate writers turned to various forms of arts activism, including a new, rapid publishing model for an urgent, contemporary climate literature that charts a path to victory and are seeking new novels.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.



Emily Wilson is a writer in San Francisco who has work in different outlets, including Daily Beast, Alta, California magazine, California Teacher, Hyperallergic, Women's Media Center, San Francisco Classical Voice, Latino USA, and 48 Hills. For years she taught at City College of San Francisco.

Aya de León, award-winning novelist, teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Aya seeks diverse climate justice novels in popular genres from authors of all genders. She is acquiring editor at Fighting Chance Books, a She Writes Press imprint, and she works on climate with the Movement for Black Lives.

Sim Kern is a Gulf Coast environmental journalist and speculative cli-fi writer. Their debut novella, Depart!, Depart!, was an Otherwise Award nominee, and the first installment of their YA sci-fi trilogy, Seeds for the Swarm, is forthcoming from Stelliform Press in fall 2022.

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a Royal Fellow, and the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League.


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Kansas City Convention Center