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Another WisCon! This year I’m participating in two panels and a reading. The reading will be the first time a significant portion of my writing/critique group will be getting together IN PERSON! We’re very excited and thrilled that we’ll be together and sharing our work with you!

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Here’s my schedule:

Small Everyday Forms of Resistance in SF/F
Type Program
Track(s) Feminism and Other Social Change Movements (Spirituality, Organized Religion and Politics)
Description SF often presents resistance as dramatic: clear-cut choices, cinematic fight scenes, and so forth. It’s difficult to get away from that mindset, even in real life. For those of us muddling along in moral murkiness, for those of us who can’t or don’t want to commit violence, for those who cannot for any number of reasons take up protesting full time, what are examples of small, everyday ways to resist injustice and fascism in SF/F?
Location Wisconsin
Schedule Sat, 10:00–11:15 am

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All Our Favorite Nightmares, Obsessions, and Inhuman Familiars
Type Reading
Track(s)
Description The Post-Apocalyptic Writers’ Group has been working together for a few years now. Members short fiction has been published in Interfictions, Interzone, Black Static, Gamut, The Dark, the New Haven Review, and many other venues. Some members have books forthcoming with others editing magazines. As a group our fiction encompasses horror, slipstream, fantasy and science fiction, but no matter the specific genre, the stories are always rooted in the dark and the literary with a strong, feminist sensibility. As a virtual critique group that spans a number of time zones, WisCon will be the first time we’ve been able to read together.
Location Michelangelos
Schedule Sat, 4:00–5:15 pm

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Impeding or Empowering? Representations of Mental Disability
Type Program
Track(s) Feminism and Other Social Change Movements (Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing Science Fiction)
Description The world of social-change stories in science fiction and fantasy is rapidly expanding, but those of us with mental disorders are often overlooked. There is a lot of ignorance and stigma surrounding mental disability, including the question of what qualifies as disability vs. what is simply a difference. Like all other marginalized groups, people with mental conditions seek not only representation, but empowerment. Why are characters with these disabilities rarely written into major roles? Why are mental disorders such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome never interpreted as powerful? Why are we so often portrayed as weirdos and villains instead of heroes? This panel discusses relevant issues, the concept of neurotypical privilege, and works of fiction that do offer representation and empowerment.
Location Caucus
Schedule Sun, 8:30–9:45 am

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Please stop by and say “hello” if you’re going to be at WisCon. Leave a comment if these topics interest you or are important to you in some way. I hope to be able to bring many voices to the discussions. Plus, the discussions need not only be at WisCon, right? I mean, that’s what blogs and other forums are for, after all 🙂

What’s intersectional feminist speculative fiction? It’s where the future starts.

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