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Nisi's new novel, Everfair, came out on September 6th, with a number of events to celebrate the occasion. Here is Nisi's schedule of coming appearances::

Friday, September 30, 10:30 am
Panel: Diverse Reading
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

Saturday, October 1, 6 pm
Feast of Authors

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

Sunday, October 2, 2:00 pm
Borderlands Books

866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday, October 3, 6 pm
With Nalo Hopkinson!
Cellar Door Books

5225 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92507

Saturday, October 8, 5:30 pm
Panel: "Out of this World! Quiltbag SFF"

Seattle, WA

Sunday, October 9, 10 am
Class: "Voice and Diversity"
Clarion West One-Day Workshops

Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm
Interview by Ted Chiang
Third Place Books in Seward Park

5041 Wilson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm
With Eileen Gunn and Vonda N. McIntyre
Two-Hour Transport at Cafe Racer

5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6
With K. Tempest Bradford
Class: "Writing the Other Weekend Intensive"

Saturday, November 12, 8:30 am through Sunday, November 13, 5 pm
Book Riot Live
Metropolitan West

639 West 46th Street
NYC, NY 10036

Monday, November 14, 7 pm
With Leanna Renee Hieber
Little City Books

100 Bloomfield
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Friday, November 18, 7 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

For a sneak peek at Everfair, click here.

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delaney, is a finalist for the Locus awards.

Nisi was at Wiscon 40, and participated in several events:

Carl Brandon Society Party Up!    


Class Basics

Aqueduct Press I: We Sing the Body

Octavia Butler: Work, Life, Legacy

You Got Race On My Class! You Got Class On My Race!

Memory Landscapes: Time Travel through Our Lives 

Other Notes

Can you help me go take care of my seriously ill mom again?

Nisi has an article in Ambling Along the Aqueduct titled A Year of Comfort and Discomfort.

Nisi did a reading, participated in several panels, and taught a workshop at the Arisia science fiction convention in January, 2015. For more information, visit


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.


Filter House


Selected Appearances, 2010 through 2015




Recent Work


  • “Unqualified,” The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Volume 5, Number 1, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, January 2015.
  • “Power Begets Power,” The WisCon Chronicles, Volume 8: Re-Generating WisCon, edited by Rebecca J. Holden, Aqueduct Press, Seattle, WA, May 2014.
  • “Reviewing the Other: Like Dancing About Architecture,” Strange Horizons,, March 2014.
  • "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.


  • “The Tawny Bitch,” The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, Robinson, London, November 2014 (reprint).
  • “Street Worm,” Streets of Shadows, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, Alliteration Ink, Dayton, OH, September 2014.
  • “The Return of Chérie,” The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures, edited by Sean Wallace, Robinson, London, September 2014 (reprint).
  • “Promised,” Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans, Alliteration Ink, Dayton, OH, June 2014.
  • “White Dawn,” Athena’s Daughters, edited by Jean Rabe, Silence in the Library, Washington, DC, May 2014.
  • “Wallamelon,” Magic City: Recent Spells, edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books, Germantown, MD, April 2014 (reprint).
  • "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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