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Join us for an evening of speculative fiction, featuring a panel and readings from queer writers, including Kellan Szpara, Na'amen Tilahun, Ruthanna Emrys, and Rashid Darden, moderated by Marianne Kirby. This event is co-hosted by OutWrite, DC's LGBTQ+ book festival, and East City Bookshop.
About the authors:
Ruthanna Emrys is the author of Winter Tide, the first book in the Innsmouth Legacy series. Deep Roots, the second book in the series, is forthcoming in July 2018. Ruthanna co-writes Tor.com's Lovecraft Reread, and writes radically hopeful short stories about religion and aliens and psycholinguistics. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. She makes home-made vanilla, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.
Rashid Darden is an award-winning novelist based in Washington, DC, who used the written word as a vehicle for the advancement of justice and social action. His influences range from Paul Beatty and Saul Williams to Jackie Collins and Stephen King. Because of the dearth of such stories in his literary upbringing, his novels will always include characters who are gay or bisexual men of color. Notable publications include the Potomac University series and the Dark Nation series. Rashid's play "Message from 'The Legba'" was selected as the winner of the OutWrite DC and Theatre Prometheus One Page Play Competition and will be staged in 2018. When he isn't writing, Rashid teaches, volunteers, and edits. He is available for public speaking engagements on variety of topics.
K.M. Szpara is the Hugo and Nebula-nominated author of the novelette "Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time". His short fiction and essays appear in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and more. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and the editor of Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Kellan lives in Baltimore, MD, with a miniature guard-poodle.
Na’amen Gobert Tilahun is a bookseller and freelance writer who had lived on the west coast all his life until 2017 when circumstances made him decide to pack up and head east. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. in Fiction and English from Mills College. He writes in multiple genres and has had work appear in Fantasy Magazine, io9.com, Queers Dig Time Lords, faggot dinosaur, Full of Crows, The Big Click, Eleven Eleven, Spelling The Hours, Loose Lips, Endless Ages and more. His debut novel, The Root, was named a Rainbow List Top Ten book for 2017 by the American Library Association and a short piece of his "Culture House" was selected to be reprinted in The Best Small Fictions 2017. You can find him on twitter when he should be writing - @Naamenism
Marianne Kirby is a long-time writer, editor, and activist. She is a frequent contributor to women’s interest publications, news outlets, and tv shows that require people to have opinions. She has been published by the Guardian, xoJane, the Daily Dot, Bitch Magazine, Time, and others. She has appeared on tv and radio programs ranging from the Dr. Phil Show to Radio New Zealand.