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Wiscon – the world’s leading feminist Science Fiction Convention – is just around the corner! Held here in Madison, Wisconsin from May 24th – 27th.

Thanks to LaShawn for being organized and posting her schedule, thus reminding me to do the same (I know what I’ll be doing Friday night – I’ll be going to the Oxford Comma Bonfire Reading).

This year I will be participating as a panelist in two discussions and reading from my poetry with a wonderful and talented group. My schedule in short (with descriptions and a list of panelists and poets below):

Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm; When Bodies and Jobs Are the Same; Caucus
Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm; Open Secrets: A Speculative Poetry Reading; Senate B
Mon, 10:00–11:15 am; Passing: Self-Care and Embracing Who You Are; Caucus

Passing: Self-Care and Embracing Who You Are
Type Program
Track(s) Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Feminism and Other Social Change Movements)
Description In some situations a person can choose to pass (hide their oppressed status); in others a person passes unless they choose to purposely identify their status. And sometimes a person has no ability to pass. When we have a choice, it’s often a difficult one. We’re often encouraged to embrace and disclose who we know ourselves to be, and trying to pass as something we’re not (white, cisgender, etc.) can be a source of great pain. But passing as something we know we’re not is sometimes the only safe way to live. Passing can be a matter of self-preservation. How can we decide whether we’re being self-indulgent or taking good care of ourselves? How can we make these choices with more social consciousness and self-acceptance?
Location Caucus
Schedule Mon, 10:00–11:15 am
Panelists M: Mary Anne Mohanraj. Lisa Bradley, Courtney, Shayla Dunn, Kathrin Koehler
Open Secrets: a Speculative Poetry Reading
Type Reading
Description Members of the Secret Poetry Cabal (a speculative poetry group) will read their work.
Location Senate B
Schedule Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm
Panelists Lisa Bradley, Amal El-Mohtar, Gwynne Garfinkle, Nancy Hightower, Kathrin Koehler, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Elizabeth R. McClellan, Julia Rios, S. Brackett Robertson, Sofia Samatar
When Bodies and Jobs Are the Same
Type Program
Track(s) Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Feminism and Other Social Change Movements)
Description Often, we feel that the choices we make about our bodies are individual, but it’s almost impossible to separate the subject from the context. How our looks and physical abilities affect what we can make money at is one aspect of this issue. Fashion models, booth babes, actors, and flight attendants often have strict requirements on their appearance and presentation. Jobs involving manual labor make physical demands. This panel is a place to discuss the ways that living in the kyriarchy affect the choices we can make and why we choose what we choose. The decision to try to pass is qualitatively different from the choice to not try to pass.
Location Caucus
Schedule Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm
Panelists M: Debbie Notkin. Wesley Chu, Courtney, Kathrin Koehler