Indigenous Visions: New Speculative Writing

Wed. Nov 18, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
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Indigenous writers are carving out new paths in speculative writing. Meet the authors expanding the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 


  • Moderator Erika T. Wurth, editor of Buckskin Cocaine

  • Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

  • Darcie Little Badger, author of Elatsoe

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The worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror are expanding, led by a dynamic group of Indigenous writers. Authors Stephen Graham Jones and Darcie Little Badger join moderator Erika T. Wurth for a conversation about pushing boundaries in genre fiction. From experimental horror to modern fantasy, their work reveals the power of genre—to tell revelatory new stories and give voice to Native characters.

Along with favorite authors and influences, the panel  will discuss what excites them about the worlds of speculative writing. A Q&A follows.

This online program is presented by Sedgwick Library in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.


Erika T. Wurth is the author of two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of twenty-five or so novels and collections, and there’s some novellas and comic books in there as well. Most recent are The Only Good Indians and Night of the Mannequins. Stephen lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.

Darcie Little Badger is an Earth scientist, writer, and fan of the weird, beautiful, and haunting. She is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. Darcie's debut novel, Elatsoe, published with Levine Querido in August.

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This program will be streamed on Zoom. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided.

Branching Out is a series of online author talks hosted by New York Public Library neighborhood branches.

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