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Nisi's new novel, Everfair, will come out on September 6th, with an event scheduled at University Bookstore in Seattle for September 6th, at 7:00 pm. Another reading of Everfair will take place at Malvern Books in Austin, Texas on September 9th. 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 will be at Wiscon 40 - here's her schedule:

Carl Brandon Society Party Up!
                Fri, 8:45 pm         Room 629
Colo(u)r your world(s) with the Carl Brandon Society in celebration of POC representation in the fantastic genres. Make crowns, win ARCs of Nisi Shawl’s forthcoming novel Everfair, give donations, hear about progress in our many programs, hang out. And remember: If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready.

                Sat, 10:00 am     Wisconsin
Moderator: Andrea D. Hairston, Shareef Jackson, Isabel Schechter, Nisi Shawl, Amanda Emily Smith
A discussion of how, why, and when a person code-switches — i.e., changes their language, words, accents, and thoughts depending on their audience. As fans, activists, writers, family members, and friends, how do we use code-switching to communicate? Can code-switching be useful in communicating across cultures, or is it disrespectful?

Class Basics
                        Sat, 1:00 pm       University C
Moderator: Jess Adams Alexis Lothian, Nisi Shawl, Julia Starkey
Of all the "isms" and oppressions in the United States, class is one of the least explored and least understood, and yet having an understanding of how class issues affect people here and around the world is vital. If you feel like you don't know enough about class, classism, and how class background and class privilege inform the world around you, come join us as we discuss some of the basic terms, concepts, and elements which will help us navigate this complex conversation.

Aqueduct Press I: We Sing the Body
                Sat, 2:30 pm       Conference 2
Timmi Duchamp, Andrea D. Hairston, Pan Morigan, Nisi Shawl, Anne Sheldon 
Aqueduct Press authors read (and sing) from their work.

Octavia Butler: Work, Life, Legacy
                Sat, 4:00 pm       Wisconsin
Moderator: Sofia Samatar Lisa Bolekaja, Nalo Hopkinson, Walidah Imarisha, Nisi Shawl 
Ten years ago, visionary writer Octavia Butler passed away. At this roundtable, we discuss the ongoing influence of her work and life, and invite others to think with us about the spaces she opened in speculative fiction. All that she touched she changed.

You Got Race On My Class! You Got Class On My Race!
                Sun, 1:00 pm      University B
Moderator: Nisi Shawl Mikki Kendall, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Race and class are two identities that exist in tandem, one never really trumping the other. What are the ways they intersect, diverge, conflict? What happens when our internal race/class state differs from an external race/class assignment — and what factors go into forming internal/external states in the first place? This panel will look at the realities of how we exist within and negotiate race and class without privileging either concept.

Memory Landscapes: Time Travel through Our Lives 
                Sun, 2:30 pm      University B
Moderator: Laurie Toby Edison Emma Humphries, Debbie Notkin, Nisi Shawl
Photographer Laurie Toby Edison's work-in-progress is Memory Landscapes, a feminist visual memoir, to be implemented as an iPad art app. Memory is a form of time travel through your own time line. A visual memoir takes you into the artist's time line and lets you choose your paths through their lives. Memories are filtered, by who we are now, who we were then, and what has happened in between. We view our past through layers of memories, and the past is everything that happened except this moment. The panel will look at some of Laurie's work in progress, and discuss the ways panelists and the audience re-engage with memories of their own lives. Laurie needs people's insights and experiences with memory to inform and inspire her work.


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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Writing the Other is available directly from Aqueduct Press.

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