It’s Black Speculative Fiction Month and we’re partnering with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a virtual program on Oct. 10 featuring some of our favorite authors!

The panel will include authors of fantasy, horror, and science fiction who use their works to highlight why diversity is important within the science fiction/fantasy community. Come and learn more about the authors’ writing practices and experiences! The participating authors are:

Krystal A. Smith
A North Carolina native, Krystal A. Smith (i.e. K.A. Smith) is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her poems have appeared in Tulips Touching (2011) and recent short stories have appeared in Ladylit Publishing’s Summer Love: Stories of Lesbian Holiday Romance (2015) and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction (2016). Krystal holds an M.A. in English from Western Carolina University, and a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University.
Her debut collection of speculative fiction, Two Moons: A Collection of Short Fiction, was released in 2018.

Zig Zag Claybourne
Zig Zag Claybourne (also known as Clarence Young) wishes he’d grown up with the powers of either Gary Mitchell or Charlie X but without the Kirk confrontations. (And anybody not getting that Star Trek reference gets their sci fi cred docked 3 points.) The author of The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan, Neon Lights, Historical Inaccuracies, By All Our Violent Guides, and In the Quiet Spaces (the last two under C.E. Young), he believes a writer can be like an actor, inhabiting a delightful variety of roles and genres, but his heart belongs to science fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in Vex Mosaic, Alt History 101, The Wayne Review, Flashshot, Reverie Journal, Stupefying Stories, The City (a cyberfunk anthology), UnCommon Origins, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, Rococoa (sword & soul/steamfunk anthology) anthology. When not writing (or fiddling on Facebook) he loves promoting great art and posing the Great Questions, such as whether or not anybody will ever be funkier than Prince.

Charlie Eskew
Charlie J. Eskew is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. He is a professional comic book shop lurker and tenured Black dude in America. He’s the author of a satire of superhero stories called Tales Of The Astonishing Black Spark, which marries a wry outlook on race and ethics with a genuine love of the genre. Please satisfy your unnatural obsession with him via Twitter at @CJEskew.

Sharise Moore
Raised an extroverted introvert and only child in Florence, New Jersey; B. Sharise Moore’s love of literature was ignited by the Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, and Countee Cullen. In 2001, she earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Rutgers University. Moore’s poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies and journals such as Chosen Realities June 2020 and Fiyah Literary Magazine. In addition, she’s appeared on panels at BlerdCon, BlacktastiCon, BaltiCon, and CapClave. Her debut YA historical fantasy novel, Dr. Marvellus Djinn’s Odd Scholars is scheduled for release this winter.

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