Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2012 Readings

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minn eapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a p ost-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.

On Friday, January 20, JOHN CALVIN REZMERSKI reads his poetry. Mr. Rezmerki’s latest book, Breaking the Rules: Starting with Ghazals (Red Dragonfly Press) came out in October 2010. A winner of the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry, he has publised a chapbook of poetry, 22 from TOTU, featuring 22 poems that first appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated. He has performed his work for science fiction conventions, schools, libraries, theaters, festivals, coffee houses, bookstores, bars, and on American Public Radio’s Whad’Ya Know? Over 35 years, he taught creative writing, journalism, linguistics, science fiction, and storytelling at Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, Minnesota. He has collaborated with painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, dancers, theatrical troupes, and scientists. For over five years he has served as Poet Laureate of the League of Minnesota Poets.

On Wednesday, February 15, S.N. ARLY reads her fiction from 6:30-7:30. Ms. Arly enjoys writing dark stories suitable for young adults and regular adults. Her most recent publications include a dark fantasy tale in Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU) #29 and a retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" in the all wolf story anthology Wolf Songs vol. 1. She lives in St Paul with her spouse, two young children, and two shelties who routinely herd ideas in her direction.

On Wednesday, March 14, CATHERINE LUNDOFF reads her fiction from 6:30-7:30. Ms. Lundoff is an award-winning author and editor from Minneapolis. Her recent books include the short fiction collection A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2011) and the forthcoming novel Silver Moon: A Wolves of Wolf’s Point Novel (Lethe Press, 2012). She is the editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (Lethe Press, 2008) and the co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of the anthology Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic (Lethe Press, 2011). In her other lives, she’s a professional computer geek and teaches writing classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Website: www.catherinelundoff.com.

On Tuesday, April 10, WILL ALEXANDER reads his fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at SOUTHEAST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1222 4th St SE, Minneapolis. Will Alexander studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont. He currently lives, writes, and teaches in Minneapolis. Kirkus described his first novel, Goblin Secrets (2012), as “evocative in its oddities” in a starred review. It’s fun to say “evocative in its oddities” aloud. His short stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies, including Weird Tales, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Interfictions 2, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2008. Visit him at willalex.net or goblinsecrets.com

On Wednesday, May 2, ROB CALLAHAN reads his fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at DREAMHAVEN BOOKS, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Rob Callahan is a professional purveyor of made-up stories about the way we really are. His works of fiction include the novel Hellbound Snowballs and the short story collection, A Wish Upon a Fallen Sky. He has written and performed two award-winning spoken shows, Idiosychronicity and The Last Ditch (co-written with Allegra Lingo), and he regularly joins the Minneapolis entertainment troupe The Rockstar Storytellers on stage. His nonfiction has been featured in Secrets of the City, salon.com, l’etoil Magazine, and cracked.com

On Wednesday, June 6, NAOMI KRITZER reads her fiction from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DREAMHAVEN BOOKS. Naomi Kritzer’s short stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons. Her novels (Fires of the Faithful, Turning the Storm, Freedom’s Gate, Freedom’s Apprentice, and Freedom’s Sisters) are available from Bantam, and she has two e-book short story collections out: Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories, and Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories. She’s currently working on a near-future young adult novel set on a seastead. Naomi lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.

On Wednesday, July 11, TATE HALLAWAY and/or LYDA MOREHOUSE reads and signs fiction from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DreamHaven Books. Tate Hallaway leads a double-life. By day, she’s a mild-mannered, award winning science fiction author, Lyda Morehouse. At night, she dons a skin-tight cat suit and prowls the night as Tate Hallaway, best selling romance author. Tate’s books include the adult paranormal Garnet Lacey series, the YA Vampire Princess of St. Paul series, and a new adult series that begins with Precinct 13 (forthcoming in August 2012). You can read about Lyda (and check out her fan art) at lyda222.livejournal.com/. Tate blogs at www.tatehallaway.blogspot.com and both contribute to the Wyrdsmith’s group blog wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lyda’s whereabouts are currently unknown… though she may be on AO3 writing as “junko.”

On Thursday, August 2, TANANARIVE DUE and STEVEN BARNES read and sign their fiction from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DreamHaven Books. Tananarive Due teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her books include the stand-alone supernatural novels The Between, The Good House, and Joplin’s Ghost; The African Immortals series My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, and Blood Colony; and a novel about Madam C.J. Walker, The Black Rose. In collaboration with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes she has written the mystery novel Casanegra and its sequel, In the Night of the Heat. The Civil Rights Movement account Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir, was written in collaboration with her mother, Patricia Stephens Due. Steven Barnes is a creative consultant, human performance technician, and martial arts authority. His novels include Dream Park and Saturn’s Race (Both with Larry Niven); The Legacy of Heorot and Beowulf’s Children (both with Niven and Jerry Pournelle); Streetlethal, Kundalini Equation, Gorgon Child, Firedance, Blood Brothers, Far Beyond the Stars, Charisma, the alternate history Lion’s Blood and its sequel, Zulu Heart; and the mystery novel Casanegra and its sequel, In the Night of the Heat, both written with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due. Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due are married, and are serving as Co-Guests of Honor at the Twin Cities Convention, DIVERSICON 20, August 3-5.

On Wednesday, September 12 from 6:30-7:45 p.m., five members of the performance art group LADY POETESSES FROM HELL will read their poetry. They have recently joined seven other writers in the anthology Lady Poetesses from Hell (Bag Person Press Collective, 2012).

RUTH BERMAN has published a lot of poems in science fiction, general, and literary magazines and anthologies; stories (usually science fiction or fantasy); and articles (usually on SF or fantasy). She has published a fantasy novel, Bradamant’s Quest (FTL Publications), and is one of the five co-authors of the group novel Autumn World (FTL). Nonfiction books she’s edited are Dear Poppa, a WW II family chronicle (Minnesota Historical Society Press); The Kerlan Awards in Children’s Literature, 1975-2001, an anthology of speeches and essays by the award winners (Pogo Press); and Sissajig and Other Surprises, a collection of fantasy by Ruth Plumly Thompson (IWOC). When she started writing poetry, she felt divided, thinking that if you were writing poetry you weren’t writing science fiction, but eventually realize you might be anyway.

TERRY A. GAREY has been unladylike for decades now, although she tries to be polite about it. She’s really a very nice person, but she hangs around with Dangerous Women and it’s had an interesting effect on her. She’s edited two poetry anthologies, Time Gum and Time Frames; been a magazine poetry editor (for Tales of the Unanticipated); written a book called The Joy of Home Winemaking; and won the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA)’s Rhysling Award (Round 1) for “Spotting UFOs While Canning Tomatoes.” She never knows what will happen next, but she hopes it will somehow involve lots of money coming her way without much effort on her part and without buying lottery tickets. She lives in Minneapolis with a librarian, two cats, and an unladylike garden.

REBECCA MARJESDATTER studied creative writing at the College of St. Catherine, library science at Rosary College/Dominican University, and obtained half of an MFA from Hamline University before coming to her senses. Her resume consists of relatively normal jobs at bookstores, libraries, and law firms, but she makes up for it with a rich inner life. Publications include The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Tales of the Unanticipated, and the anthologies Women of Other Worlds (University of Western Australia Press) and The Moment of Change (Aquaduct Press). She is the current poetry editor for Tales of the Unanticipated, winner of the 2000 Rhysling Short Poem Award (“Grimoire,” Round 1), and quite possibly the first and only poet to be a guest of honor at an anime convention. She lives in Minneapolis.

ELISE MATTHESEN lives in Minnesota, surrounded by beads, metal, words, music, and people she loves. She has a jewelry business, a hearing impairment, fibromyalgia, arthritis, attitude, ingenuity, numerous publication credits, and many pairs of pliers.

JOHN CALVIN REZMERSKI was born in Pennsylvania, and again in Ohio, then again in Kansas, and three times more in Minnesota. By some accounts he has three lives left yet, but he is not taking ,any bets because he doesn’t believe in cats. He is a member of Lady Poetesses from Hell by virtue of the fact that he channels Grace Lord Stoke (via email), from whom he has learned a great deal. He has published twenty books, chapbooks, and anthologies, including The Frederick Manfred Reader, a screenplay, and three plays. He has performed his work for schools, libraries, bookstores, science fiction conventions, clubs, professional organizations, senior centers, museums, festivals, fairs, coffee houses, bars, and on television and radio, including National Public Radio’s Whad’Ya Know?, and collaborated with painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, dancers, theatrical troupes, and scientists. Over 35 years, he taught creative writing, journalism, linguistics, science fiction, and storytelling at Gustavus Adolphus College. His poetry books include 22 from TOTU and Breaking the Rules: Starting with Ghazals.

On Wednesday, November 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., JASON D. WITTMAN will read from his fiction. Mr. Wittman lives and works in Minnesota. In addition to having two games published by Steve Jackson Games, he has had fiction published in SCIFI.COM Baen’s Universe, and Tales of the Unanticipated. And he now has a stand-alone novella, “Saint Nicole,” available at Sam’s Dot Publishing.

On Wednesday, December 5, LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD reads from her fiction from 6:30-7:30-7:30 p.m.. Ms. Bujold has published over 30 volumes of fiction (including omnibuses of earlier work). Her fiction has won the Minnesota Book Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Minnesota Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievment, two Nebulas, and four Hugos. She is best known for the science fiction Vorkosigan family saga, set about 1,000 years in the future, and mainly centering on the life and adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a man who masters severe physical disabilities through inventiveness, charisma, and sheer force of will. The Vorkosigan novels include Shards of Honor (1986), The Vor Game (1990), Barryar (1991), Mirror Dance (1994), Cetaganda (1995), Memory (1996), Komaar (1998), A Civil Campaign (1999), Diplomatic Immunity (2002), and Cryoburn (2010). She has also written several fantasies, including The Curse of Chalion and its two sequels, and the four-book “Sharing Knife” series, beginning with Beguilement (2006) and running through Horizon (2009). Her new novel, Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, centers around Miles’ hapless cousin, Ivan Vorpatril. Visit her at The Bujold Nexus, www.dendarii.com

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