Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2013 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 Wednesday, January 23, JOHN CALVIN REZMERSKI reads his poetry from 6:30-7:30. Mr. 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, February 20, MICHAEL MERRIAM reads his fiction. Mr. Merriam is an author of speculative fiction living in Hopkins, MN. He has published a novel, a short story collection, three novellas, and over 80 pieces of short fiction and poetry. His novella, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award in 2010, and his novel, Last Car to Annwn Station, was named a Top Book in 2011 by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction. Michael is the co-organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers, a member of the Artists with Disabilities Alliance, the Outer Alliance, the Steampunk Artists and Writers Guild, and Story Arts Minnesota. Visit his homepage at www.michaelmerriam.net

On Wednesday, March 20, TERRY FAUST reads fiction from 6:30-7:30p.m. Terry Faust writes urban fantasy, mainstream young adult novels, and humorous science fiction spoofs. Recent published work includes the short stories: “Immaculate Extraterrestrials” and "Guess Who is Coming to Gotterdammerrung" in Tales of the Unanticipated #29 and #30. “Guess Who is Coming to Gotterdammerung” and "Unpleasantness at 20,000 Feet" also appear in the first two Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers anthologies: Northern Lights and Sky-Tinted Waters. Z is for Xenophobe (print: http://www.amazon.com/Z-Xenophobe-Terry-Faust/dp/0983267391) was published by Sam’s Dot Publishing in 2011. It is available in Kindle format through Amazon’s KDP program (ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TSD0AW). The sequel to Z is for Xenophobe, Y is for Wiseguy, is complete and seeking a publisher. Terry Faust’s young adult novel To Build a Blackbird is being considered for representation. Past work includes a screenplay, a play, a radio play, and two 16mm films.
Sam’s Dot Publishing

On Wednesday, April 17, DANA M. BAIRD reads fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dana M. Baird is a speculative fiction author of three young adult fantasy novels: The Spell Keeper, Veil of Whispers, and Broken Legacy, all published by Sam’s Dot Publishing, a traditional small press. Dana is a member of Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers and the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Dana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from the University of Minnesota, and has also been a member of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival entertainment cast for more than 20 years. Dana is a life-long resident of Minnesota, currently residing in St. Paul with long-time partner Eric M. Clark, and two crazy cats.
Dana M. Baird

On Wednesday, May 8, LYDA MOREHOUSE reads fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Lyda leads a double-life. By day, she’s a mild-mannered, award winning science fiction author. 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 the recent release, Precinct 13 (August 2012). Meanwhile, Lyda is an award-winning author of several published science fiction novels including, Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, and Apocalypse Array (Roc.) Her first novel, Archangel Protocol, was the 2001 Shamus award winner for the best original paperback novel featuring a private investigator, the winner of the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best debut science fiction/fantasy novel, and a nominee for the Romantic Times Critics Choice for best science fiction. Apocalypse Array was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished mass-market paperback novels of science fiction. When not arguing with herself, Lyda enjoys the life of a stay-at-home parent to a precocious son, Mason. Recently, she’s become obsessed with Anime and is drawing fan art and such, which you can read about in long, lovingly described detail on her livejournal: lyda222.livejournal.com Tate blogs at www.tatehallaway.blogspot.com and as a contributor to the Wyrdsmith’s group blog wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com . Lyda lives in Saint Paul.

On Wednesday, June 12, DAMIAN SHERIDAN reads fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In 2004, Damian Sheridan’s first play, Judas Cradle, was featured at the Minnesota Fringe Theater Festival and selected by the editor of the Fringe Theater blog as one of the Top Five Shows to See at the Fringe for that year. In 2010, he wrote the book and music for an original musical called The Collectors, about a collection agency calling on delinquent souls for the Devil’s lawyer. He has studied at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis as well as the University of Minnesota. Presently, Damian is working on the manuscript for a play commissioned for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. He was recently featured in the first Northern Lights anthology through Sam’s Dot, Leather, Denim and Silver through Pill Hill Press, and the Parasitic Sands anthology he co-edited for the Parasortium.

On Wednesday, July 10, ROB CALLAHAN reads his fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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, September 18, WILLIAM ALEXANDER reads from his fiction. William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, and the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His second novel, Ghoulish Song, came out this year. He read the audiobook for that one, too. He lives in the Twin Cities and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

On Wednesday, October 16, NAOMI KRITZER reads from her fiction. Naomi Kritzer’s short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, and Tales of the Unanticipated. Her novels (Fires of the Faithful, Turning the Storm, Freedom’s Gate, Freedom’s Apprentice, and Freedom’s Sisters) are available from Bantam. Since her last novel came out, she has written an urban fantasy novel about a Minneapolis woman who unexpectedly inherits the Ark of the Covenant; a children’s science fictional shipwreck novel; a children’s portal fantasy; and a YA novel set on a dystopic seastead. She has two e-book short story collections out: Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories, and Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

On Wednesday, November 20, JASON D. WITTMAN reads 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 11, S.N. ARLY reads from her fiction. S.N.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 #29 and a retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” in the all wolf story anthology WolfSongs Volume 1. She is a member the local critique group Guts and Rocks and can be found on Facebook and G+. When not writing, she enjoys collecting stray electrons and returning them to the world all at one time.

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