Women of Color Zine Workshop Sci-fi Nite

(PSU Women's Resource Center)

I love talking about sci-fi. 
I love talking about characters of color (ethnic minorities) in sci-fi. 
Better yet, I love hearing imaginative ideas for fantasy and sci-fi from women of color. 

So, it was so AMAZING to hold space with the Women of Color Zine Workshop. I met Tonya Jones at the Portland Zine Symposium this year during a WOC Zine panel. She has been organizing this group for the last 5 years, making countless compilation zines. I ended up buying and trading for many of her zines, and its made me more aware and cognizant of the content of my work as a women of color. Tonya has gifted me the space to meet other women of color who make zines, and it's awesome that many of these folks are also local activists and scholars. 

My co-presenter Jayvin Green was so awesome and so knowledgable about sci-fi while allowed him to really direct the conversation in fruitful ways. What was most exciting for me was the part of the workshop where we allowed the participants to write on a landscape within their imagination. We went around the circle to share our stories and I was blown away by the depth and creativity of the storytelling! I shared about my own process when writing speculative fiction, in that I pull so much from my childhood and the neighborhood in which I grew up. Especially in the short story "Child" which was told in town with an oil refinery that poisoned the water supply causing many of the inhabitants of the city to be born with mutant birth defects. But that is so informed by my actual hometown of Torrance, where the oil refinery is so close to our house that you can hear the practice "emergency warning system" on Wednesday afternoons. 

Some of my favorite books I've read recently:

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jeminsen
In the Heart of the Valley of Love by Cynthia Kadohata
Half World by Hiromi Goto
Wildseed, Octavia E. Butler
Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

I also like works by:
Nalo Hopkinson
Alice Sola Kim
Marie Lu
Nisi Shawl

I really like Hiromi Goto's work. Trippy!!

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