BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #13

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS NISI SHAWL!

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl is an American writer who when she was little, I told her middle sister Julie convoluted tales of how she was a mermaid that had come to dwell in the small midwestern town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This odyssey involved the Saint Lawrence Seaway, several of the Great Lakes, and mysterious underground passages her schoolteacher called aquifers. Her own origin was much simpler, of course; their parents, she explained, had found her in a garbage can.

In 1971, at the age of sixteen, Nisi from Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan’s Residential College. She took several French courses, Oral History, Cosmology, and a poetry seminar that taught her ten weeks of nothing. Most classes took place in the dorm, and Nisi got a job in the dorm’s library. One day she was startled to notice an extremely short person walking towards me. They were less than two feet high. It took Nisi several seconds to realize that this was a child.

Anyone under a certain age had become alien to her experience. It wasn’t this isolation that led to Nisi dropping out of school. She had an abortion, became depressed and quit going to classes two weeks from finals. She failed to finish her assignments, and left the University without a degree.

Nisi moved into a house called Cosmic Plateau and lived with people who called themselves Bozoes. She paid $65 a month rent and worked part-time as a janitor, an au pair, a dorm cook, an artists’ model. Nisi wrote and performed her writings publicly, at parks and cafes and museums. She learned a lot.

I read Charnas, Russ, Delany, Colette, Wittig. I sent out a horrible story about fornicating centaurs and got a wonderfully sweet rejection letter. Then our landlady kicked all the Bozoes out of Cosmic Plateau, and I had to live by the sweat of my brow.

Nisi worked at a natural foods warehouse, sold structural steel and aluminum, sold used books, got married and joined a band.

In the midst of all of that she kept writing and got better at it.

Nisi’s first science fiction appearance was in the nude. She modelled for one of Rick Lieber’s illustrations for Bruce Sterling’s Crystal Express (the Arkham House hardcover–I’m the Dark Girl of “Telliamed”).

Her first science fiction publication was in Semiotext(e) (see the bibliography below for dates on this and the rest of her print oeuvre). Nisi shared the table of contents with William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson and a bunch of less well-known but quite cool others. She states that she owes her part in this literary conspiracty to Crowbar, publisher of the ‘zine Popular Reality.

In 1992 NIsi attended a cyberpunk “symposium” in Detroit. Sterling, in his inimitable manner, supposed that no one in the audience had heard of Semiotext(e), let alone read it, and she was able to retort from the third row that she was in it. So NIsi got to hang out with him, and with Pat Cadigan and John Shirley, which last professional offered to read her stories! He was of the opinion that she could write. He recommended that Nisi attend the  Clarion West Writers’ Workshop, where he and Cadigan were to teach that summer.

At Clarion West she learned in six weeks what six years at the University could never have taught her.

Because of Clarion West and another writers’ program in the Puget Sound area (Cottages at Hedgebrook, a retreat on Whidbey Island), Nisi put Seattle near the top of her list when considering a move from Michigan. She’d gotten divorced, sold her house and when she asked her ancestors where she ought to live, they said this was the place.

Her apartment is one block off of the #48 bus route. King County Metro takes Nisi all the way to the beach. Grey and wild, or smooth as oil, the water is unfailingly beautiful. By ways as circuitous as those she described to her sister almost four decades ago, this mermaid has returned to the sea.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://www.nisishawl.com/Bibliography.html

Please visit Nisi’s website @: http://www.nisishawl.com

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #12

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS JIBA MOLEI ANDERSON!

Jiba Molei Anderson

Jiba Molei Anderson

Jiba Molei Anderson was born in the city of Detroit, MI on August 17, 1972.  The son of Liberian mother and and African American father from the Motor City. He was the product of two environments that were similar, but too different for him to fit comfortably into either world. The four-color world was where Jiba found his solace. His father introduced him to the world of speculative fiction and opened the doors of his imagination. Jiba’s desire took him first to the University of Michigan where he obtained his BFA in Illustration and Photography.

He soon traveled to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he completed his studies earning an MFA in Visual Communications. Jiba paid his dues. He also walked the corporate route working for companies such as DraftFCB, KBA Marketing, Manga Entertainment, Ryan Partnership and Landmark Sign Group. Jiba worked creating websites for companies like On The Street Promotions, ICEE Records, Oopala Fortifying Shampoo and others.

 

 

GRIOT ENTERPRISESIn 1999, he formed Griot Enterprises, a publishing company / creative studio and created its flagship property, The Horsemen.

 

 

 

horsemen_bookofolorun3tradewebThe first Horsemen volume, Divine Intervention was released in 2002 to critical acclaim with The Horsemen: The Book of Olorun released in 2009. Jiba has also written the educational text Manifesto: The Tao of Jiba Molei Anderson, which focuses on the creation of comics. In addition, he was Lead Writer and Art Director on the graphic novel Hip Hop Chronicles for Spacedog Entertainment in partnership with Universal Music Group.

 

 

 

Jiba is currently working as lead artist/ art director on Taletown, an independent Facebook game for Tuxedoman Entertainment and completed the animated music video, Start A Fight, for the rock band The Ex-Senators. He currently, as Adjunct Faculty at the International Academy of Design and Technology teaching courses in Animation, Game Design and Fashion Design. Recently, He was an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, teaching courses in Animation and Video Game Design. Jiba has also been featured in the book Black Comix and spoken at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art with his book, The Horsemen, being included in The Smithsonian’s permanent library. Jiba’s work is defined by pop culture. From Alphonse Mucha to Frank Frazetta, from comic books and animation to “Grindhouse” films, these “low-brow” creations sparked my imagination. Their bold and shameless design and marketing aesthetic inspire the way that he creates images and brings his message to the masses…and according to him, they are a lot of fun!

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Check out his website @: http://www.griotenterprises.com

also,

http://www.behance.net/jazintellect

PUBLISHED WORKS:

•          The Horsemen: Divine Intervention – Griot Enterprises

•          The Horsemen: Book of Olorun – Griot Enterprises

•          Manifesto: The Tao of Jiba Molei Anderson – Griot Enterprises

•          High Concept – Griot Enterprises/ The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg

•          Even More Fund Comics – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

•          JBD: The Devil’s Due (with LaMorris Richmond) – B.L.A.M. Comics/Griot Enterprises

•          The Holy Bible: Dignity & Divinity (with Walter D Greason) – Griot Enterprises

•          The Horsemen: Mark of the Cloven (with Jude W. Mire) – Griot Enterprises

PRINT: http://indyplanet.com/store/index.php?manufacturers_id=10781

DIGITAL: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=359

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #10

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS CORY WILLIAMS!

Cory Williams

Cory Williams

 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cory attended the Philadelphia High
School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), enrolling in the school’s first
year hen it was a fledgling program, where he majored in Creative Writing and
minored in Videodrama, becoming an award-winning director of video projects.
In addition, he was a founder, writer, and cartoonist for CAPA’s newspaper THE
PAINTED WORD, for which he eventually became editor-in-chief. Listed in
WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and
commended by the National Honors Society, he graduated with CAPA’s second
graduating class in 1981.
Attending STANFORD UNIVERSITY in Stanford, California, where he majored in
Drama and minored in Dance, Cory performed in an average of five to six major
productions per year. He taught art to autistic, learning-disabled, and educable
mentally retarded children at the Peninsula Children’s Center in Menlo Park,
California, was active in the Stanford University Rape Awareness Program,
occasionally wrote for THE STANFORD DAILY, and toured for two years with the
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE STANFORD MEXICAN FOLKDANCE COMPANY.
He received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Drama in 1986.
As a performing artist, Cory has performed in dance productions, touring shows,
and Off-Broadway productions of ANTIGONE, THE TRIAL OF SUSAN B.
ANTHONY, WE HAVE STORIES TO TELL OF AFRICA, FRATERNITY, NOTES
ON 6FINITY, THE AMEN CORNER, and A FEW HOURS IN HELL, making his
West Coast theatrical debut as the Duke of Cornwall in KING LEAR with the
Pasadena Shakespeare Company in Pasadena, California, following that up as a
member of the ensemble cast of the Fountain Theatre/BAND critically-acclaimed
production of Rita Dove’s THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH, then
continuing on to the West Coast premiere of the VoxBox Arts Collective original
production of JIGSAW. In addition, Cory has acted in various commercials,
industrial films and videos, television shows, and feature films such as WHO
SHOT PAT?, PHILADELPHIA, LET’S TALK, THE C-SHIFT, REFLECTIONS
AGO, RED HERRING, FIGHTING WORDS, A DAY OF ATONEMENT and
STRAIGHT ON ‘TIL MORNING.

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Cory is also the author of three science fiction novels, TOTENTANZ, THE
TAKING OF CYNDRIEL’S HOPE and HUNTER’S MOON, all of which are
currently available through the online content marketplace http://www.lulu.com.
Cory Williams is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California.

TOTENTANZ - Front Cover 1THE TAKING OF CYNDRIEL'S HOPE - Front Cover 1HUNTER'S MOON - Front Cover

 

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DARKSPEED ARYDANI
ISBN 978-1-304-47446-9
HUNTER’S MOON
ISBN  978-0-9765739-0-6
THE TAKING OF CYNDRIEL’S HOPE
ISBN 978-0-6151-3793-3
 
TOTENTANZ 
ISBN 1-4116-7793-5
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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #6

TODAY’S BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT IS MAURICE BROADDUS!

Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus has written hundreds of short stories, essays, novellas, and articles. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, and Weird Tales Magazine. He is the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books). He has been a teaching artist for over five years, teaching creative writing to students of all ages.

Visit his site at www.MauriceBroaddus.com.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Knights of Breton Court (omnibus) Orgy of Souls, Devil’s Marionette, Bleed With Me, and I Can Transform You (novellas) Stories Available in Current Anthologies: -“Read Me Up” (What Fates Impose) -“A Soldier’s Story” (Vampires Don’t Sparkle) -“Being in Shadow” (Appalachian Undead) -“Voice of the Martyr” (Beyond the Sun) -“The Electric Spanking of the War Babies” (Glitter and Mayhem) -“Cerulean Memories” (The Book of the Dead) -“Ebony Paradox” (Punchnel’s http://www.punchnels.com/fiction/ebony-paradox/) And a Jamaican steamfunk story, “Steppin’ Razor”, appearing in the next issue of Asimov’s SF Magazine.

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BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH SPOTLIGHT #2

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS THE LEGENDARY STEVEN BARNES!

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and is married to writing peer and legendary speculative fiction author, Tananarive Due. The couple reside in California with their son. Barnes also has a daughter from a  previous marriage.

Besides being an author, Barnes is a certified hypnotherapist and an avid practitioner of the martial arts. He holds black belts in Kenpo Karate and Kodokan Judo. Barnes also practices Kali stick and knife fighting, Wu-style Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido among other styles. He also studies Yoga and is a life coach with Diamond Hour.

Dream Park Novel CoverHis first published fiction work was a Hugo Award nominated novelette titled, “The Locusts”, he co-authored with Larry Niven. Barnes has since gone on to write a popular series of novels with Niven, titled “The Dream Park Series.”

Several novels in the series followed and a legion of fans devoured them. The writing duo maintained a successful writing arrangement and went on to produce other series together as well.

 

 

Street Lethal Novel Cover

He has also penned solo works of note, including The Aubry Knight series, which featured one of my personal favorites, “Street Lethal.”

Steven’s work became a very powerful, influential and inspiring voice in Black Speculative Fiction and science fiction in general.

Several other series followed, both solo and co-authored.

 

Barnes has also written screenplays for The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, as well as writing novelizations for popular science fiction franchises such as: Star Trek and Star Wars.

Danger Word

He is still very active in writing and recently co-authored a screenplay with his wife Tananarive Due for a short film titled, “Danger Word” which stars actor Frankie Faison.

Over the course of his career, Barnes has written nearly thirty novels. A bibliography can be found at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Barnes

 

Steven Barnes is a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my heroes.

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