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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Mar 12, 2019 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Careers in Writing and Publishing: Science Fiction

Featuring Bill Broun, Alice Sola Kim, and Sheree Renée Thomas
Moderated by Anne DeWitt

Join the Gallatin Writing Program for an evening highlighting science fiction with novelist Bill Broun, short-story writer Alice Sola Kim, and multigenre author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas, moderated by Gallatin professor Anne DeWitt. Careers in Writing and Publishing is a Gallatin Writing Program series that sheds light on the contemporary literary and publishing landscape, with a focus on the different kinds of professional work in which writers and editors engage.

Bill Broun is author of the novel Night of the Animals (Ecco, 2017), which was named a must-read book in New York Magazine, appeared among The Washington Post’s “best science fiction books,” and was included in a New York Times feature about “Novels that Make Fiction Out of Eco-Disaster.” Broun has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist in both the US and the UK. He was appointed a resident fellow at Yale University in 2002, where he lectured in English and journalism, and currently serves as Associate Professor of English at East Stroudsburg University.

Alice Sola Kim, winner of a 2016 Whiting Award, has published in outlets including Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Lenny, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Sheree Renée Thomas, a two-time World Fantasy Award winner, is the editor of Dark Matter, two volumes showcasing a legacy of over a century of black science fiction writing, which first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fiction and helped to launch the careers of some of the most exciting new voices in the field. Herself a fiction writer and poet with fellowships from the Millay Colony of the Arts, Bread Loaf Environmental, and Cave Canem, Thomas is the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press, 2016), honored with a Publishers Weekly starred review and longlisted for the 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and of Shotgun Lullabies (2011), which garnered comparisons to Jean Toomer’s Cane. Her stories have appeared in several volumes of the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. Her fiction collection, Nine Bar Blues, is forthcoming from Third Man Books in 2020. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Anne DeWitt’s teaching and research focuses on Victorian literature, the history of science, and the intersections between literature and science; she is interested in the novel’s ability to engage in debates about science, religion, and morality, as well as in how readers understand these engagements. She is the author of Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which examines how Victorian novels criticized the newly emerging profession of science while asserting their own expertise on moral questions. Her current work includes a book-length project about the reception of popular religious fiction in the 1880s, and a study of poetry about evolution published in Victorian newspapers and magazines.

 

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