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Nisi will be attending Norwescon in Seattle April 17 to April 20, where she will give a reading and participate in several panels. Her Norwescon schedule includes:

  • The Enduring Legacy of Lovecraft, Friday 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Cascade 7&8
  • The Heroine's Journey, Saturday 8:00 pm-9:00 pm, Cascade 9
  • Reading, Sunday 10:00 am-10:30 am, Cascade 1
    Excerpts from Everfair, a Belgian Congo steampunk novel-in-progress forthcoming from Tor. Rated PG
  • Queen Victoria's Fantastical Fiction, Sunday Noon - 1:00 pm, Cascade 10

Nisi will teach at Water World, Centrum's week-long camp for 5th and 6th grade students held at Fort Worden State Park  April 27 through May 2.  Her creative writing classes will combine with classes on movement, visual arts, and marine biology to immerse participants in a synthesis of science and art.

Along with Sherryl Vint and Eleanor Arnason, Nisi Shawl is one of three Guests of Honor at the Science Fiction Research Association's 2014 convention to be held concurrently with WisCon 38 in Madison, Wisconsin.  SFRA begins Thursday, May 22 and ends Sunday, May 25.  WisCon 38 begins Friday, May 23 and ends Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day).  Here's a list of Nisi's scheduled activities for both venues:

  • Nisi Shawl SFRA Reading Thu, 8:30–9:45 pm Reading given in my role as a SFRA Guest of Honor

  • SFRA Tiptree Event Fri, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. The James Tiptree Jr. Award was initiated over 20 years ago at WisCon. More than 500 novels and short stories have been selected as winners or honored and long-listed by the various judges. The founders, Motherboard members, winners, and judges will discuss the award's history, importance to authors and readers, and fun aspects (bake sales, Space Babe, and chocolate).

  • Carl Brandon Society Party Fri, 8:45 p.m. – Sat, 3:00 a.m.  Annual party for the Carl Brandon Society. Open to all WisCon attendees; we will be celebrating the recent award winners of the Carl Brandon Kindred and Parallax Awards, Andrea Hairston and Tenea D. Johnson, as well as the growing list of Octavia E. Butler Scholars who have attended the Clarion and Clarion West Writing Workshops. Come party, dance to great music, participate in drawings for cool books, and have a great time with readers and writers of color and their friends!

  • Time, Contingency, Memory – As Elements of Art Sat, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Panel on how time affects art and is represented through and within artistic works.

  • Questionable Practices Sun, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.  Reading with Karen Joy Fowler, Eileen Gunn, and  Pat Murphy. 

  • The SignOut Mon, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Mass autograph session.

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts:
Nisi taught and read as part of the NILA Master of Fine Arts program on January 10-12, 2014. 

Arisia 2014:
Nisi attended Arisia 2014 in Boston on January 17-20, 2014. She was present at the Carl Brandon Society Awards Ceremony, and at the Carl Brandon Society's party.

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts:
Nisi appeared on a panel on Science Fiction and Postcolonialism at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which was held in Orlando, Florida March 19th through the 22nd.


Nisi Shawl’s blog is here.

Nisi's essay "I Hear a Different Frontier" is online at The Future Fire editor's blog.

Nisi has appeared as a guest blogger for The Angry Black Woman.

Nisi has appeared as a guest blogger for Monica Legatt at the Seattle Acupuncture Blog.


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Recent Work


  • "Past the World's End: Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, published January 2014 by Aqueduct Press, Seattle.
  • "A Brave and Contrary Thing: Review of AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers" in Paradoxa 25: Africa SF, published December 2013 by Paradoxa, Vashon Island, WA.
  • "Into the Canny Valley," introduction to Jane Irwin's graphic novel The Clockwork Game, published December 2013 by Fiery Studios, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler (co-editor with Rebecca J. Holden), Aqueduct Press, May 2013.
  • “Invisible Inks: On Black SF Authors and Disability” in WisCon Chronicles 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives, Aqueduct Press, May 2013.
  • “Unbending Gender” in Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Seventh Star Press, April 2013.
  • “Here He Is” in Here I Come, Golden Dawn Books, August 2012 (introduction).
  • “What I Want: WisCon 35 Guest of Honor Speech” in WisCon Chronices 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom, Aqueduct Press, May 2012.
  • “Annunciation” in Ancient, Ancient: Stories, Aqueduct Press, May 2012 (introcution).
  • “Transbluency: An Antiprojection Chant” in The Moment of Change, May 2012, Aqueduct Press (poem).
  • “Cookies and Kindness: Meeting Gene Wolfe” in the program  for The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe, published March 17, 2012.


  • "Lupine" in Once Upon a Time, edited by Paula Guran, published in November 2013 by Prime Books, Gaithersburg, MD

  • “Otherwise” in Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Lethe Press, August 2013 (reprint).
  • “The Five Petals of Thought” in Missing Links and Secret Histories, Aqueduct Press, May 2013.
  • “In Colors Everywhere” in The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark and Gleam, April 2013.

Reviews, Columns, Interviews

  • “The True, the Blushful Hippocrene,” review of A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, April 2013, from Small Beer Press, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, April 2013.
  • “Lovely Disturbances,” review of The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones, January 2011, from Aqueduct Press, in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, April 2012.
  • “World of Magic,” review of Akata Witch  by Nnedi Okorafor, April 2011, from Viking Press, in Ms. Magazine, Winter 2011.



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Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward’s Writing the Other: A Practical Guide, the companion book to the Writing the Other workshop.

Writing the Other is available directly from Aqueduct Press.



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