Events and Media

Virtual Events and Media Appearances

Podcast

Panelist on “Fantasy Feasts” for 4th Street Fantasy’s special edition of panel-style podcasts (2020). 

Interview

Exclusive Interview as Sirens Workshop Instructor (2020).

Essays

“Women Are Already Powerful: The Problem of Privileging Masculine Modes of Power in Fantasy” (Sirens, 2019).

  • Video recording for Sirens 2020 available here

“Making Society Uncomfortable: Why Monsters Matter” in Sirens: Collected Papers 2009–2011.

Selection of Recent Reviews

Selection of Book Lists


In Person

With Randall Munroe and Sarah Andersen

September 23, 2022.

I’m excited to be moderating a joint book launch at Powell’s Books for Randall Munroe’s What If? 2 and Sarah Andersen’s Cryptid Club! If you’re in the Portland area, stop by and say hello.

Tour event for Randall Munroe and Sarah Andersen 9/23 at Powell's Books.

4th Street Fantasy

June 16-18, 2023.

4th Street Fantasy is the best conference I know focused on craft and exploring the boundaries of fantasy storytelling in all its forms, always delving as far past 101-level as we can go. 2019 marked my second year working alongside Scott Lynch to develop and manage the programming for the conference, a single track of panels throughout the weekend designed to spark further conversation and consideration with a cohesive framework; starting in 2020 I have been in charge of coordinating programming for both remote 4th Street adventures.

While I developed all programming for 2022, I may not be in physical attendance this year pending how things go with my forthcoming newborn.

Sirens Conference

ETA: Due to health concerns, I’ve regrettably had to withdraw from Sirens 2021. I hope to see everyone and give a version of this talk in the future!

I was invited to be a workshop instructor at Sirens Conference, which is dedicated to celebrating the women, trans, and nonbinary people of fantasy literature. Sirens consistently demonstrates their commitment to uplifting diverse voices, and in addition to participating in programming there I contribute content and help with their bookstore that makes that focus praxis. In 2019 they published my essay “Women Are Already Powerful: The Problem of Privileging Masculine Modes of Power in Fantasy,” an analysis of the relationship of gender and power in fantasy and their wider role.

Description of my workshop on how fantasy stories can undermine patriarchy.
Workshop: Yeet the Patriarchy: How Fantasy Stories Can Undermine Systemic Oppression.

Miscellaneous

Panel at Brick & Mortar Books; image from newspaper article.
Left to right: Lauren Dane, Olivia Waite, Somaiya Daud, Jasmine Silvera, A.J. Hackwith, and Casey Blair.

Sirens and 4th Street are my two most regular events, but I’m involved in the book and speculative fiction worlds in multiple ways. I’ve spent time as a book reviewer and more recently worked as an indie bookseller, where among wearing many other hats I put together and ran events like a panel on reclaiming history with a fantastic group of romance writers that got a write-up in the newspaper. So if you’re ever wondering if you might see me at an event that isn’t listed here, just ask! You can also sign up for my email newsletter to be notified about any important news.