Sci Fi Fem: Empowering Women Through Speculative Poetry

While speculative literature focuses on creating new realities--reinventing the past, present, and future--it simultaneously offers a voice to traditionally marginalized “others.” Speculative poetry (specpo) has been growing as a genre, especially in the direction of sci-fi feminism. Our panel of published specpo poets will explore different aspects of sci-fi fem in many of its subgenres, including hard scifi, horror, solarpunk, steampunk, and eco-speculation. After this exploration, the panelists will turn to the audience to begin a dialogue, asking about their own speculative writing and reading experiences, and we will offer prompts to those who wish to work on future writing like this.

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