Virtual Author Panel - "Black Women in Fantasy"

  • Posted on: 7 October 2020
  • By: TanyaMills

The Book Bungalow is excited to host Black Women in Fantasy, as a part of the 2020 World Fantasy Convention. Moderated by Nkenna Onwuzuruoha, the panel will feature three prominent Black women in Fantasy: Eugen M. Bacon, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Christine Taylor-Butler.




Eugen M. Bacon, MA, MSc, PhD, is African Australian. A computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing, she studied at Maritime Campus, less than two minutes' walk from The Royal Observatory of the Greenwich Meridian. Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Australian Shadows Awards, Ditmar Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans. Out now: Writing Speculative Fiction, Red Globe Press (Macmillan). Claiming T-Mo, Meerkat Press. Chapter, multi-authored book: Creative Writing with Critical Theory: Inhabitation, Gylphi. In 2020: Her Bitch Dress, Ginninderra Press. It's Folking Political, Ginninderra Press. The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories, Meerkat Press. Hadithi, IFWG. Inside the Dreaming, Newcon Press. In 2021: Speculate, Meerkat Press. Black Moon, IFWG.



Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and Mississippi Delta conjure. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, May 2020) is her fiction debut. She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press July 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a Publishers Weekly Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct January 2011). She edited the World Fantasy-winning groundbreaking black speculative fiction anthologies, Dark Matter (2000 and 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois’s science fiction short stories.  Her work is widely anthologized and appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage, 2020). She is the Associate Editor of the historic Black arts literary journal, Obsidian. She was recently honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award – Professional category for contributions to the genre.



Christine Taylor-Butler is the author of more than 80 fiction and nonfiction books for children. A graduate of MIT, she holds degrees in both Civil Engineering and Art & Design. Her current project is the speculative sci-fi fantasy series: The Lost Tribes. Her educational publishers and clients include Scholastic, Children's Press, Pearson, Heinnemann, Cherry Lake, Lee and Low, Sterling and her favorite publisher: Move Books. Christine has been a panelist and moderator at World Science Fiction Convention, North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFIC), ConQuest, Boskone, DragonCon, Snake River, and many others. In addition she has spoken at the American Library Association (ALA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Assembly on Adolescent Literature (ALAN), Missouri Writers Guild. She has also served as a past literary awards judge for We Need Diverse Books and Society of Midland Authors.

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This event was made possible with support from Utah Humanities, World Fantasy Convention, and The Book Bungalow.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
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ISBN: 9780997051377
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Published: Move Books - November 30th, 2016

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Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue Cover Image
By Pan Morigan (Editor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Editor), Troy Wiggins (Editor)
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Published: Rosarium Publishing - November 3rd, 2020

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Published: Third Man Books - May 26th, 2020

The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design Cover Image
By Reynaldo Anderson (Editor), Clinton R. Fluker (Editor), Sheree Renée Thomas (Foreword by)
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Published: Lexington Books - November 13th, 2019

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Writing Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches (Approaches to Writing) Cover Image
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Published: Red Globe Press - May 3rd, 2019

Hadithi & The State of Black Speculative Fiction Cover Image
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Published: Luna Press Publishing - October 6th, 2020

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