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Panel | Chicano Scifi: Speculative Existence

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In this panel hosted by Scott Russell Duncan explores the question: what becomes of the other when the unknown is an opportunity for a block party rather than terror and confusion?

Armando Rendon

Armando Rendon is the author of Chicano Manifesto. Chicano Manifesto appeared 25 years ago as the first book written by a Chicano to give vibrant expression to the spirit of a cultural revolution. Today, Manifesto appears at a time of intense racial fear and hatred toward Chicanos an Latinos in the United States

Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in 2014. She has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts on Bainbridge Island. Kathleen's latest book is "The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island," by the University of Washington Press. In it, she explores our relationship with food and the land through research and numerous interviews with the people who bring us our food on Bainbridge Island. Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. She has a great affinity for the story-telling techniques of magic realism and science fiction, and has been both a student and instructor in the Clarion West Science Fiction Workshop.

David Bowles

David Bowles is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror (Pura Belpré Honor Book) and They Call Me Güero (Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Claudia Lewis Award for Excellence in Poetry, Pura Belpré Honor Book, Walter Dean Myers Honor Book). His work has also been published in multiple anthologies, plus venues such as Asymptote, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Metamorphoses, Rattle, Translation Review, and the Journal of Children’s Literature.

Scott Russell Duncan

​Scott Russell Duncan, a.k.a. Scott Duncan-Fernandez, recently completed The Ramona Diary of SRD, a memoir of growing up Native/Chicano-Anglo and a fantastical tour reclaiming the myths of Spanish California. Scott’s fiction involves the mythic, the surreal, the abstract, in other words, the weird. Scott received his MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California where he now lives and writes. He is senior editor at Somos en escrito, The Latino Literary Online Magazine. In 2016 his story "How My Hide Got Color" won San Francisco Litquake’s Short Story Contest. His nonfiction piece “Mexican American Psycho is in Your Dreams” won first place in the 2019 Solstice Literary Magazine Annual Literary Contest.

Ernest Hogan

Author of CORTEZ ON JUPITER, HIGH AZTECH, SMOKING MIRROR BLUES, "The Frankenstein Penis," and other acts of creative outrage.

Rios de la Luz

Rios de la Luz is a queer xicana/chapina sci-fi loving writer living in El Paso. Her first book, The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert, is out now via Ladybox Books. Her debut novella, ITZÁ is out now via Broken River Books.

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