Diversicon 26 is fast coming upon Minnesota and the SFPA will be there with numerous events throughout the weekend. SFPA President Bryan Thao Worra is one of the two guests of honor this year along with Charlie Jane Anders.
Confirmed events include the formal announcement of the winning poems of the Rhysling Awards, poetry readings and writing workshops, and discussions of the current state of speculative poetry around the globe, including the upcoming Elgin Awards for Speculative Poetry Book of the Year, the Grandmaster Awards, and upcoming celebrations of the SFPA 40th anniversary. SFPA Vice-President F.J. Bergmann, previous SFPA Vice-President Sandra J. Lindow, and several members of the Midwestern SFPA chapters are planning to attend.
On Thursday, July 26th the Guests of Honor will read some of their latest work from 6:30 until 7:45 p.m., at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Refreshments will be served. Diversicon formally begins the next day which runs all of the through Sunday. Visitors can pick up many works of speculative poetry at DreamHaven.
DreamHaven is a significant landmark for the SFF community. It has hosted readings from internationally acclaimed writers including Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, William Gibson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eleanor Arnason, Terry Garey, Samuel Delaney, Andrea Hairston, Catherine Lundoff, Kelly Link, David Schwartz, Kim Harrison, Kelly McCullough, Barth Anderson and many other masters of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Diversicon is a project of SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural, multimedia organization dedicated to improving contacts among groups and individuals interested in speculative fiction, in and out of the traditional SF community. Their continuing mission: “to provide the most thoughtful Programming and the mellowest, most welcoming Parties of any Minnesota SF convention, and to making our state’s SF community more closely reflect the cultural diversity of Minnesota in the third millennium.”
Tickets are $45 at the door and $35 for students for the entire weekend.
This year’s guest of honor is Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, out now. She’s the organizer of the Writers With Drinks reading series, and she was a founding editor of io9, a website about science fiction, science and futurism. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo award.
This year’s theme is “Diversitopia,” and throughout the year, several artists have shared their ideas of how to express that theme through poetry and visual art while the SFPA marks its 40th anniversary.