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Friday, April 16 • 23:00 - 23:50
Female Characters in Speculative Fiction: Beyond the Stereotypes

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Depictions of women in fantasy were long predicated on their relationship to men: the princess, the bait, the evil temptress, the object of desire. And these were generally women who were attractive by American standards, not a sagging breast or a gray hair or even a pimple to be found. Recent years have brought some epic and amazing changes to depictions of women in fantasy: strong, complicated characters, women who are strong in different cultural traditions, women who are older or have disabilities, women who are mothers, grandmothers, different flavors of queer. Let’s talk about some of the things that we like seeing in these depictions, the things we don’t and what we want to see next.

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Catherine Lundoff

Publisher, Queen of Swords Press
Catherine Lundoff is a Minneapolis-based award-winning writer, editor and publisher. Her books include the novels Silver Moon and Blood Moon and the single author collections Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic... Read More →


Monica Louzon

Monica Louzon (she/her) is a writer, editor, and translator. Constelación Magazine published her translation of Vania T. Curtidor's story, "Imilla in January 2021. Her short fiction has appeared in The Dread Machine and The Internet Is Where The Robots Live now, and her poetry has... Read More →
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Saida Agostini

Poet & Activist
Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet whose work explores the ways Black folks harness mythology to enter the fantastic. She is the author of Stunt (Neon Hemlock, 2020), a chapbook reimagining the life of Nellie Jackson, a Black madam and FBI spy from Natchez, Mississippi... Read More →
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Kat Clay

Kat Clay is a crime and horror author from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of novella Double Exposure, and her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic.Kat’s... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 23:00 - 23:50 UTC
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