Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2022 Readings

The Speculations Readings Series continues monthly at DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St., Minneapolis, usually Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and include a reception and autographing and an expedition to a South Minneapolis bistro to build a sense of community among Twin Cities readers and writers.

ROB CALLAHAN reads Wednesday, February 23 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Rob Callahan is a journalist and author whose work has received awards and recognition from the Associated Press, the Hearst Foundation, and the NAB Marconi Radio Awards. His 2018 novel The Hidden City Volume I: The Devil's Descent tells the heartwarming story of an underachieving young professional temping in the Devil's call center, who is accidentally promoted to Acting Vice President of the Impending Apocalypse.

Like you, he has spent the last two years just basically focused on survival.

On Wednesday, April 13, MICHAEL MERRIAM reads from his work. Michael Merriam is an author, performer, poet, and playwright with ten books and over 100 pieces of short fiction and poetry published. His stories and essays have appeared in magazines such as Uncanny Magazine, Cast of Wonders, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, and over the air on KFAI-FM and Minnesota Public Radio. Like most artists, he has worked a variety of odd jobs over the years, including short order cook, late night radio disc jockey, international freight specialist, and manager of a puppet troupe. He lives in Hopkins, MN with his wife and two exuberant cats. Visit his website at www.michaelmerriam.com.

On Wednesday, May 11, REBECCA MARJESDATTER and ANNA WALTZ read from their works.

Rebecca Marjesdatter is a poet and an a writer of fantasy and nonfiction. She is a member of the poetry performance group Lady Poetesses from Hell. In 2000, she won the Short Form Rhysling Award for speculative poetry. She also served as poetry editor for Tales of the Unanticipated for many years. She is a human resident of the House of Seven Cats.

Anna Waltz was a script writer for Sony Onlight Entertainment and wrote for the popular game EverQuest. She writes primarily science fiction and a little fantasy. She also dabbles in comics and served as an animation artist for the onlime cartoon Lammatthhewian. Her favorite authors include Heinlein, Clarke, and Lovecraft. Most folks ‘round here know her as the author of “Swedish Lutheran Vampires of Brainerd.” She lives in South Minneapolis in the House of Seven Cats.

On Thursday, July 28, T. AARON CISCO reads from his works. T. Aaron Cisco is a Contemporary Afrofuturist author, television producer, and contributing writer for Twin Cities Geek. His literary works include Teleportability, Dragon Variation, The Preternaturalist, Simple Not Easy, Shadow of the Valley, Big Ass Aliens, and Black Nerd Blue Box: The Wibbly Wobbly Memoir of a Lonely Alien.

On Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., JASON D. WITTMAN reads from his fiction. Jason D. Wittman lives and works in Minneapolis. His story, Femme Fatale, was published in the hardcover anthology The Best of Baen Books, and his story A Game of Knight Court got an Honorable Mention in the 19th Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. More recently, he has published a story in Stupefying Stories #22.

On Wednesday, November 16, CATHERINE LUNDOFF reads from her work. Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher. She is a recipient of a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award and was the Author Guest of Honor at Marscon 2022. Her books include Silver Moon, Blood Moon, Out of This World and Unfinished Businessand, as editor, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). Her short stories and essays have appeared in such venues as Queer Weird Western Stories, Divergent Terror, Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives, Fireside Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, the SFWA Blog and several World of Darkness anthologies and games. She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press and teaches writing and publishing classes at the Loft Literary Center, the Rambo Academy and Clarion West Online.
Websites: www.catherinelundoff.net and www.queenofswordspress.com.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural speculative fiction organization that also hosts a midsummer SF convention, Diversicon, the 30th edition of which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West July 14 - 16, 2023, with Guests of Honor Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due.


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