Category Archives: sci-fi/fantasy

It’s my birthday today!  It’s also the late, great Octavia Butler’s birthday.  And the late, great Katherine Dunham’s birthday, too, who had a deep love of Haiti.   I really do believe in the secret language of birthdays and astrology.  How … Continue reading

e-pub, Haiti, Joseph Zoboi, published, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, short story
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Yes, I write speculative fiction. Some of it is feminist and some of it is not. I explain why (among other things) in my guest blog post on The Rejectionist. Needless to say, I was beside myself when The Rejectionist … Continue reading

sci-fi/fantasy, Writing

I am the winner of the Gulliver Travel & Research Grant awarded annually by the Speculative Literature Foundation! What does this mean? (My favorite question in the whole wide world.) I created something and it was good enough. That’s all … Continue reading

Dominican Republic, Haiti, sci-fi/fantasy, Writing

My first online story was up in the September “Villians” Issue of Crossed Genres Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: The pang of hunger is bitter, sharp, hot – familiar even. I don’t sleep. My feet and right hip ache from carrying … Continue reading

Haiti, Mythology, published, sci-fi/fantasy, short story, Writing

I received my copy of The Caribbean Writer in the mail a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at how thick it was. It’s a textbook! I used to carry around my Norton Anthology of African American Literature … Continue reading

Haiti, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, The Caribbean Writer, Writing
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For years, I attended the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) Dance Africa Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a full 3 day film, street, and dance festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It’s what a good, self-respecting African or Caribbean outdoor … Continue reading

books, Culture, sci-fi/fantasy, WisCon, Wiscon35, Writing

…Octavia E. Butler’s transition. I once stalked her. Sometime in May of 2000, she was doing a reading of Parable of the Talents at the now defunct Nkiru Books owned by Talib Kweli and Mos Def. I sat in the … Continue reading

Octavia Butler, sci-fi/fantasy, Writing

I was watching Globe Trekkers on PBS and the host was in a small village somewhere in Senegal where a group of young boys and girls were participating in a rites-of-passage dance and celebration. They were dressed in colorful beads … Continue reading

education, Mythology, publishing, sci-fi/fantasy, teens, YA fiction