F222. Women in Spec: Women Writers in Speculative Poetry and Fiction

Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This cross-genre panel celebrates women’s lively contributions to the male-dominated fields of speculative fiction and poetry. These authors, editors, and critics discuss recent changes and controversies in fantasy and science fiction, addressing how women are represented in the literature; publishing opportunities and challenges; and what it will take to foster women’s voices and support their increasing success.



Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second poet laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of four books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, and The Robot Scientist's Daughter.

Lesley Wheeler’s poetry collections include Radioland, Heterotopia, The Receptionist and Other Tales, and Heathen, and she is at work on a memoir-criticism hybrid, Taking Poetry Personally

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two books of poems, No Eden and Book of Asters, and two chapbooks, Garnet Lanterns, winner of the Anabiosis Press Prize, and Darling Hands, Darling Tongue. She teaches creative writing for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Nancy Hightower received a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver. She is the author of Elementarí Rising and The Acolyte, a collection of poems. Currently, she reviews science fiction and fantasy for the Washington Post and teaches at New Jersey City University.

Margaret Rhee is the author of poetry chapbooks Yellow and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love. She is the Kathy Acker Fellow for Les Figues Press. She holds a PhD in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley, and a BA in creative writing from USC.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center