Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl’s story collection Filter House co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009.  She has been Guest of Honor for feminist science fiction convention WisCon in 2011 and the Science Fiction Research Association in 2013, and a guest speaker at several colleges and universities, including Duke, Princeton, and Stanford.  She is coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, based on workshops on inclusion and diversity she’s taught for two decades, in person and online.  She’s also co-editor of Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. She edited WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity.  Her Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is due out from Tor in September 2016.

Bibliography

Booklength publications Shawl has authored include the collections Filter House and Something More and More (Aqueduct Press), and the Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair, forthcoming in September 2016 from Tor Books.  With Cynthia Ward she co-authored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, also from Aqueduct.  Shawl has edited Bloodchildren, a limited edition anthology of fiction by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, and WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity.  She co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices and Octavia E. Butler (Aqueduct Press), and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (Rosarium Publishing).  A more complete bibliography is available on her website.

Awards and Memberships

Nisi Shawl co-won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2009 for her story collection Filter House.  Filter House was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009, along with one of its stories, "Good Boy."  She is a graduate of Clarion West and serves on that organization's board of directors.  Shawl helped found the Carl Brandon Society and also serves on its Steering Committee.

Related Experience

Nisi Shawl has been a guest speaker at Stanford, Duke, and Princeton universities, at the University of Hawai'i Manoa, at Smith and Spelman colleges, and at Shoreline Community College.  She has taught workshops for Centrum, Clarion West, Seattle Public Libraries, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, University of Hawai'i Manoa, and various conventions and conferences such as the Cascade Writers Conference and Arisia.  She frequently speaks on and moderates panels at public events, having done so for over 16 years.  She has a wide variety of material available for her public speaking engagements, including stories and songs.  Shawl leads the writing portion of the annual Water World interdisciplinary art and science week for 5th and 6th graders under the auspices of Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Biology Center.

Accessibility Needs

I sometimes have difficulty with climbing lots (more than 20) of stairs.

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