Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird Schedule

The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird happens this Saturday (March 25, 2017) in Atlanta/Decatur. I will be moderating the following session:


11:55-12:40 PM
PANEL: Other Weird Tales: Unraveling Paradigms as the Protagonist Shifts Away from the Cis White Male
Weird fiction, like SF/F/H, has predominantly centered on CIS white male protagonists mostly written by CIS white male authors. One of the most dynamic aspects of the contemporary Weird Renaissance is that this is no longer true. Non-CIS-white-male writers are not only altering the concept of what the Weird is as a literary form but also pushing its boundaries and defying editorial and publishing expectations. How does the narrative shift when the protagonist is a woman, a person of color, LBGT and/or disabled? What are some examples of good contemporary, or older Weird tales with Other protagonists that exemplify these different qualities? What challenges have the authors on the panel personally faced in approaching the Weird from Other perspectives–cultural, gender, orientation, etc.? Finally, how are new writers, new perspectives and new audiences opening up the Weird and spec-lit in general to new markets, and conversely how are new markets (small press, self-publishing) facilitating exposure to different voices?
Moderator: Craig Laurance Gidney
Panelists: Mike Allen, Gerald L. Coleman, Valjeanne Jeffers, Damien Angelica Walters

I will also be doing a reading at 1:50pm

And there is a Mass Signing at 5.15pm


The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird–March 25 & Indiegogo

I will be participating in The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird on March 25 in Atlanta/Decatur, along with a bunch of other authors, editors, artists and academics.


The Outer Dark is a podcast run by Scott Nicolay that focuses on Weird Fiction. Guests of the podcast have included Chesya Burke, Laird Barron, Nisi Shawl, and Gemma Files, among other weird creators.

The first Symposium is raising funds via an Indiegogo campaign. There are many perks for contributors–including one by yours truly.


Dog Days of Summer: Workshops & Readings

It’s been a busy two weeks for me.
At the end of July I attended a novel writing workshop. It was an intense 5 days held in a beautiful and remote location, full of serious talks about craft and not-so-serious geeking out. I shared the experience with amazing people. You should check out their work immediately:

Mary Anne Mohanraj
Sam J. Miller
K Tempest Bradford
Scott Woods
Eric San Juan

I am certain to have a better novel because of the workshop. (Thanks to Stephen Segal  and Valya Dudycz Lupescu for running such an enjoyable and productive workshop).
This past weekend, I read at the #OutWrite2016 LBGT Book Fair as a part of the Stars in Their Pockets speculative fiction group reading. Thanks again to everyone who came out to hear Sunny Moraine, James Suriano, Racheline Maltese, Erin McRae and myself read.


REMINDER: I’ll be reading at the Lambda Literary Finalists Showcase this Friday

Join finalists of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for readings of their nominated works at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art . All readings are free and open to the public.

Confirmed readers: Timothy Liu, Michael Carroll, Ellen Bass, Dia Felix, Jameson Currier, Craig L. Gidney, Michael Broder, David Swatling, Ron Suresha, Rafe Haze, Kelly Cogswell, Susan Kuklin, Sean Strub, Vinton McCabe, Bob Hofler, Rob Smith, Shelly Oria, Dominic Ambrose, Sheela Lambert, Philip Gefter, Ann Herendeen, Stephen Morrison, Alexis De Veaux, Tim Federle, Heru khuti, Andi Marquette, R.G. Emanuelle

The reading starts at 6:30pm

The place is: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, New York, New York 10013

Hope to see you there!