Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival
- 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 fictions most cherished black authorsTananarive Due, Octavia
Butler, and Steven Barnesour 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
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.
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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
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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