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Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival

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  • Tracey deMorsella (formerly Tracey Minor)
    Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival Date: June 11-13, 2004 New Participants Just Announced! We are thrilled to announce that Sheree R.
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      Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival
      Date: June 11-13, 2004

      New Participants Just Announced!

      We are thrilled to announce that Sheree R. Thomas, editor and creator of the
      Dark Matter series, and local fiction writer and Clarion West board member,
      Nisi Shawl, join the line up of artists participating in the festival.

      Washington is at the center of a revolution. As the home to three of the
      science fiction’s most cherished black authors—Tananarive Due, Octavia
      Butler, and Steven Barnes—our state has staked a claim as the unofficial
      capital of the faraway nearby. As black writers, these artists are pushing
      the boundaries of the speculative genre, and yet they have often been
      overlooked by both science fiction and mainstream scholarship.

      Black to the Future is a 3-day multidisciplinary festival featuring some of
      the nation's most accomplished science fiction novelists and essayists
      including Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, and Walter Mosley.
      For three days, we will celebrate the remarkable accomplishments black
      artists have made to speculative fiction through engaging and exciting
      programs including:

      • A mini Black Science Fiction Film Festival
      • Performing arts events
      • Panels, readings, and book signings
      • A Black Science Fiction Book Fair

      Black to the Future will provide a welcome networking opportunity for
      writers who are currently published, but it would electrify young writers
      and fans, black and white, who have never considered the degree to which
      writers of color have been a part of this field,” said science
      fiction/fantasy writer Tananarive Due. This festival, the first of its kind,
      will explore the black aesthetic in not only literature, but also in film,
      music, and other forms of creative expression.

      To get festival updates delivered directly to your Inbox, e-mail us at
      info@... and ask to be added to the Black Sci-Fi mailing list.

      If you are a representative of a Seattle area business and would like to be
      a sponsor of this event, write to sponsors@... to receive a list of
      sponsorship opportunities.

      Presenting Sponsors: The National Endowment for the Arts, Allen Foundation
      for the Arts and the Cultural Development Authority of King County

      To obtain a sponsor rules and regulations sheet call 206-374-9051 and ask
      for Patricia De Vol or email patriciadevol@....

      This event is made possible by The Central District Forum For Arts & Ideas;
      a Seattle based non-profit. To learn more about The Central District Forum
      and Black To The Future please go to www.cdforum/bttf.org

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