Excerpt of Nicole Givens Kurtz’s Kill Three Birds

103465158_646237335927914_1805651606695758204_nNicole Givens Kurtz, writer, publisher and educator, works to amplify marginalized voices in speculative fiction and writes stories that explore race, sexism, and the weird. This month, she’s generously giving Midwest BSFA readers a sneak peek at the first chapter of her novel, Kill Three Birds, which is currently available for pre-order.

Kurtz’s work has appeared in Stoker Finalist Sycorax’s Daughters, Baen’s Straight Outta Tombstone, and her Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Series. You can support diverse voices in speculative fiction by joining her Patreon.

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Midwest BSFA Co-Founder Named SHE Fellow

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Midwest BSFA co-founder Aiesha Little has received Super Heroines, Etc.’s first SHE Fellowship. The program is designed for people who want to redirect their career paths and get some experience in areas outside of their expertise, some of whom may have been affected by pandemic-related layoffs. During the month of June, Aiesha will help the organization beef up its content on social media platforms as well as its website. For more information about the group, visit superheroinesetc.org.

 

Midwest BSFA Member Hosts Radio Show in France

napoleon maddoxMidwest BSFA member Napoleon Maddox is in France for the foreseeable future (thanks, global pandemic! *side eyes*), but that hasn’t stopped him from doing his thing, content wise. He has been working on a radio show called Bestown State of Mind. Last week’s episode celebrates the May birthdays of and links between Toussaint Louverture, Malcolm X and Sun Ra. Check it out!

For more episodes of Bestown State of Mind, visit www.mixcloud.com/napoleonsolovox.

It’s Been a Minute…

it's been 84 years gifSo…did anyone have “Global Pandemic” on their 2020 bingo card? No? Us either. Long before COVID-19 (aka #datrona) decided to make itself at home, we’d been on a pretty long hiatus ⁠— a year and three months, to be exact. Don’t get us wrong; we didn’t disappear from the internet completely. Our Facebook page is going strong and we’re still kekeing over on Twitter (we even have an Instagram account!). We just dropped the ball with the blog is all. But we’re back for a while. Continue reading “It’s Been a Minute…”

Interview with Filmmaker Akosua Akoben

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Filmmaker Akosua Akoben found a new love in film production, and plans to produce several webseries and multimedia productions. Part of her webseries, The Pride, will screen at our “What Does the Future Look Like?” program on Feb. 23! We recently talked to her about her interest in science fiction and Afrofuturism and her webseries, The Pride. Continue reading “Interview with Filmmaker Akosua Akoben”