October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and we at Midwest BSFA would love to know what you are doing to celebrate Black creators who work in the genres under the umbrella of speculative fiction! Have you read P. Djeli Clark‘s Ring Shout or The Black God’s Drums? Have you listened to Tonia Ransom’s horror podcast NIGHTLIGHT? Have you picked up a copy of FIYAH Literary Magazine? There are so many people and projects to support! What are you waiting on? Click here to read about BSFM from one of its founders.
We recently talked to Brandon Willis of the Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective, whose short film Big Mike is showing at our “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” event on Oct. 28! Continue reading “Interview with Filmmaker Brandon Willis of the Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective”
In honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month, the homie Zig Zag Claybourne of Obsidian Sky Books and the website Write On, Right On, is giving us a sneak peek at some of his next book, The Brothers Jetstream: Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe, the follow up to his 2015 novel The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan. Continue reading “Read an Excerpt from The Brothers Jetstream: Afro Puffs Are the Antennae of the Universe”
Black Speculative Fiction Month is right around the corner and we can’t wait to share all of our recommendations with you! Be on the lookout for interviews with filmmaker Melody Cooper, author Charlie J. Askew and Tonia Thompson of the Nightlight podcast as well as reviews of Jamila Rowser’s Wobbledy 3000, Tee Franklin’s Jook Joint as well as info on our Black Speculative Fiction Shorts event on Oct. 28! October will be LIT! (As in “literature”…get it?…OK, I’ll show myself out.)
Midwest BSFA member, Renee, hits us with some flash fiction to celebrate the start of Black Speculative Fiction Month. Check out her short story, “Date Due”! Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Flash Fiction: “Date Due””
We made it around the sun once again and today, the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance celebrates its second anniversary! This has been a whirlwind of a year, full of programs and conversations and debates and friendship building and I look forward to more in 2017!
Here’s a short recap of what we got up to this year:
- In April, we chatted with University of Cincinnati Professor Charles Jones about Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, the book he co-edited with Reynaldo Anderson, co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. I also made my second appearance on the BLKBOARD podcast.
- In May, we had a table at the Cincinnati Library Comic Con at the main branch. We did trivia on the show’s black recurring characters and guest stars.
- In June, we hosted the 2nd Queen City Black Comix Day, showcasing local and regional comics artists and creators. We were also featured on Ghettoblaster Magazine‘s website.
- In September, we had a table at MECCACon in Detroit and hosted a steampunk character building workshop for adults.
- In October, we hosted a sci-fi short film night in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month.
- In November, we hosted a panel on cyberfunk at Pandoracon, a three-day sci-fi convention in Cincinnati. I also served as the Queen of Diamonds for the event.
Thanks to the rest of the Midwest BSFA crew for making these last two years so much! I look forward to doing bigger and better programming with you in the years to come!
In honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month, Midwest BSFA member, Renee, has written some flash fiction for us! (With art by her daughter, Jamilah!) Check out her story, new fon who dis? Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Writes: new fon who dis?”
So the short Afrofuturism primer I wrote for The Pandora Society’s website last month in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month apparently brought all of the racists to the yard when the site’s manager posted a link to the article in a Facebook group. Someone dropped the gem, “Captain Kirk needed another taste of chocolate now that Uhura and Scotty were married” (um…whet?) and kicked off a dust-up about people of color in science fiction and “political correctness run amok.” Continue reading “To Whom Does the Future Belong?”
On Oct. 21, we held the second installment of our Black Sci-Fi Book Club, featuring writer and Cincinnati native Dani McClain! She discussed her story “Homing Instinct” in the anthology, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. It was an honor to have one of the anthology’s contributors and a hometown girl walking us through her story and what Octavia Butler’s legacy means to her. A small group came out to Sweet Sistah Splash to discuss the story, their interest in speculative fiction, their favorite authors and more.
October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and next week, the Midwest BSFA is hosting a reading/discussion of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements with one of the anthology’s contributor’s Dani McClain! We talked to her about her story “Homing Instinct,” the difference between fiction writing and journalism, and defining home on your own terms. Continue reading “Interview with Octavia’s Brood Contributor Dani McClain”