Virtual Panel Discussion - "Afrofuturism in 21st Century Black Science Fiction"
In honor of the birthday of renowned science fiction author, Octavia Butler, The Book Bungalow and Brain Lair Books are teaming up to host this virtual panel discussion. Dr. Lisa Yaszek (Regents' Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology) and her co-editor, Dr. Isiah Lavender III (English Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology) will head up this distinguished panel, including Black science fiction authors and artists whose work appears in their new anthology, Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century. Webinar attendees are encouraged to post questions in the Q&A during and after the discussion to be answered by panelists, time permitting.
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Bill Campbell, a native of Pittsburgh and an alumnus of Northwestern University. Throughout his varied and illustrious career, he has done everything from assembling Christmas toys in Cleveland, loading trucks, bookkeeping, and serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Atlanta. He has also coordinated an elementary school literacy program in Washington, D.C. and taught English as a second language in the Czech Republic. Campbell has penned novels such as Sunshine Patriots, edited such anthologies as Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (with Ed Hall), and even authored graphic novels like The Day the Klan Came to Town. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he spends time with his family, helps produce audiobooks for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing, which specializes in genre fiction with a multicultural flair.
Rebecca J. Holden, a fan and scholar of feminist, YA, and African American science fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and is currently a Principal Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Holden has published essays, book chapters, and reviews in Foundation, Science Fiction Studies, Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature, LA Review of Books, Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler and others. With Nisis Shawl, Holden co-edited and contributed to Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler (2013).
Tenea D. Johnson, a multimedia storyteller, musician, A&E entrepreneur, and an award-winning author of 7 speculative fiction works, including this year's releases: Frequencies, a Fiction Album, and Broken Fevers, of which Publisher's Weekly wrote "the 14 hard-hitting, memorable short stories and prose vignettes in this powerhouse collection from Johnson . . . are astounding in their originality."
Isiah Lavender III, Sterlind Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. His books include Race in American Science Fiction, Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction, Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement, and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Lisa Yaszek, 2020). His current projects include: The Routledge Handbook of Alternative Futurisms, the interview collection Conversations with Nalo Hopkinson, and the monograph, "Critical Race Theory and Science Fiction." Finally, he edits for Extrapolation--the oldest science fiction journal--as one of its six editors.
Lisa Yaszek, Regents' Professor in Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she explores science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures. Her books include Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction, Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Isiah Lavender III, 2020). Her ideas have been featured in various venues, including The Washington Post, CBS News Sunday Morning, and the AMC miniseries James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, Yaszek currently serves as a juror for the John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Science Fiction Awards.