Reading Report: Honoring the Legacy of Octavia E. Butler | No Inside Voice

A terrific blog post by Rashida J. Smith in which she shares memories of working with Octavia E. Butler and talks about the reading last Friday in Seattle to honor Ms. Butler’s legacy .

Reading Report: Honoring the Legacy of Octavia E. Butler | No Inside Voice.

Last night I had the privilege of participating in a reading in honor of the late Octavia E. Butler at Wayward Coffeehouse here in Seattle.

NORTHWEST WRITERS HONOR LEGACY OF OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was put together by the incomparable Caren Gussoff to support the recently released anthology “Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars. ” The anthology, in turn, is to suppor the Octavia E Butler Scholarship organized by the Carl Brandon Society. I’ve blogged about Octavia’s importance to Clarion (and science fiction genre) here before, but, in short, the scholarship supports the attendance of one writer who has been accepted into any of the Clarion workshops (West, South, San Diego) and might otherwise not be able to attend.

I can’t even begin to describe Octavia’s influence in my writing. Fresh off the Patternmaster series I realized that this was the kind of writing I could aspire to. As Caren said in one of her introductions, reading Octavia’s work left a young, impressionable writer thinking: “We can do THIS?!”

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Reading to Benefit The Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund

I was honored to be the Octavia E. Butler Scholar at the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. On 4/12, I’ll be joining Vonda N. McIntyre and Nisi Shawl as well as several fellow OEB Scholars to celebrate Ms. Butler’s legacy and to raise funds for the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Fund.

I hope lots of folks will come out and have fun while supporting a worthy endeavor! If you can’t be there, you can still purchase Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars until June 22, 2013. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

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Northwest Writers Honor Legacy of Octavia E. Butler – SF Signal.

In celebration of the legacy of Octavia E. Butler, Pacific Northwest writers Vonda N. McIntyre, Nisi Shawl, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Erik Owomoyela, Caren Gussoff, and Rashida Smith will read work inspired by their relationships with Octavia Butler, or stories included in Blood­children: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars.

These readings will be at Seattle’s world famous sci-fi/fantasy coffeehouse, the Wayward Coffeehouse (6417 Roosevelt Way NE, #104, Seattle WA 98105) on Friday, April 12, at 7PM.

Octavia E. Butler was one of the world’s most respected speculative fiction writers. Butler, an African-American woman, was recognized during her lifetime with numerous awards, such as the Hugo and Nebula, and was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Butler made the Seattle area her home in 1999, and lived in Lake Forest Park until her death in 2006.

Bloodchildren is an e-book anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by those who have received the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship.

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Review of Bloodchildren Anthology

A thoughtful review of Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars.

gretchening | Bloodchildren Anthology ed. Nisi Shawl.

“… really showcases the variety of talent the scholarship has supported, and, I hope, gives these writers a strong platform for future work. Plus, it’s an $8 ebook whose donation benefits the scholarship fund, so it’s a win all around.”

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Copies of Bloodchildren are available at http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/bloodchildren/

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Chatting with a friend

Some kind words from and a brief discussion with my Pacific University MFA in Writing classmate, Susan DeFreitas Timmons. Check out her blog for thoughtful posts on writing and life at http://sdefreitastimmons.wordpress.com/.

Word and Flesh: The Strange Worlds of Dennis Y. Ginoza

March 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm (book reviews)
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I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Dennis Ginoza.

I would, at least, like to think of him as my friend; I certainly would not want him as an enemy. He’s a mysterious figure, you see, a bit of enigma, who tends to spend his time (as far as I can tell) constructing alternate universes of often-alarming brilliance and brutality.  He is also one of the finest writers I know.

I started my MFA at Pacific University like so many others who’d been praised, perhaps inordinately, in undergrad, eager to prove myself as an exceptional writer. It requires a great deal of energy, that sort of proving, and I am forever indebted to Dennis for relieving me of it in the course of my second workshop at Pacific.

It was here he dropped the bomb that would come to be known as “Euler’s Identity” (later published by Prime Number, and collected in the first volume of its Editors’ Selections). It is the story of a teenage boy seduced by his math teacher and her mathematics, both of them elegant and beautiful and just a bit cruel. Every sentence of this story sings, and every image casts back the internal dimensions of the story like a hall of mirrors.

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A Brief Interview

The good folks at Shimmer have posted a brief interview with me about my short story, “Word and Flesh”.

Shimmer #16, author interviews: Dennis Ginoza

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Trivia– this picture was taken by Doug Anderson at the 2011 Pacific University MFA Summer Residency (the beard left me shortly thereafter, leaving a note that read, “Well always have Forest Grove.”). DYG

 

Dennis conjures a disturbing tale for Shimmer #16, “Word and Flesh,” and shares a fabulous memory of reading Bradbury.

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Tell us how “Word and Flesh” came to be.
I wrote the story during my second week at the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. I’ve always been fascinated by anthropodermic bibliopegy (binding books in human skin) and knew I wanted to write a story about it. The idea was vague, however, and I was struggling to assemble a coherent plot. As I wandered the UCSD campus mulling over the story, I came to realize how disconcerted I was by the architecture around me. The notion of a city-state dedicated to esoteric pursuits got stuck in my head, eventually becoming the Universidad portrayed in “Word and Flesh.” Once I had that physical setting, the rest of the story came more easily.

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Shimmer Issue 16 is Now Available

Choose from print or digital formats, or get both to maximize the awesome. Excerpts from all the stories (including mine) can be found by clicking the cool cover art below.

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Issue 16 has thirteen elegant and original stories. It’s got angels and cakes and a space elevator and a haunted jalopy and a zombie, and even a unicorn.  But mostly? This issue is full of love: love for lost lovers and spouses and parents, love for those we can never have, love for freedom and memories and the eternally numinous.

Still, it’s Shimmer, so the course of true love never does run smooth. Terrible loss, shivery revenge, agonizing decisions, heartbreak, despair, and the stabbing pain of hope. It’s all in there, waiting for you.

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Bloodchildren

I was honored to be an Octavia E. Butler Scholar in 2011. Ms. Butler was an extraordinary writer whose work I deeply admired.

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Every year, the Carl Brandon Society, whose goal is to increase diversity in the field of science fiction, presents scholarships to two students of color accepted to the prestigious Clarion and Clarion West writers’ workshops. The scholarships, named in honor of the brilliant African-American writer Octavia Butler, pay workshop tuition and housing fees for the recipients. Since 2007, they have made it possible for eleven students to attend the workshops.

Give a little, get a free ebook.

If you contribute a mere $8.01 to the scholarship fund, you can download Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, an ebook anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by these students — the voices of the new generation of writers of color in speculative fiction.

Edited by Nisi Shawl, Bloodchildren includes an introduction by Nalo Hopkinson and a memoir by Vonda N. McIntyre of her friendship with Octavia Butler, which began when they were students together at the Clarion Workshop in 1970.

The collection includes ground-breaking stories by Indrapramit Das, Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs, and Kai Ashante Wilson.

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