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.
Christina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection, Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), which won the SFPA 2018 Elgin Award, and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has also appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various literary journals. She is the founder of the Long Island reading circuit, Poets In Nassau, and has read and run workshops for various community groups nationwide. She also writes for Book Riot about all things book-related. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor-in-chief for The Nassau Review. In her non-writing life, when she’s not teaching yoga, she’s watching the Game Show Network. http://www.christinamrau.com
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