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Jun
19
2015
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#diversepoems and #diversestories recs Jun 15-19 + Happy Juneteenth!!

These are this week’s diverse SFF story and poem recommendations, on Twitter as usual. You can follow me at @bogiperson to get these stories and poems every day and not just once a week. 😀 This time there’s also a bonus section to celebrate Juneteenth!

This week’s roundup:

Jun 15: (Poem) The devil riding your back by Gabby Reed in Liminality, Autumn 2014.

Jun 16: (Short story) (Non-free) Re: (For CEO’s Approval) Text for 10th anniversary exhibition for Operation Springclean by JY Yang in Bahamut, Jun 2015.

Jun 17: (Flash story) The Queen’s Aviary by Yoon Ha Lee in Daily Science Fiction, Jan 2015.

Jun 18: (No update)

Jun 20: (Poem) The Nightflies by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Jan 2015.

I also have a bonus section!

Today is the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the US. I will celebrate Juneteenth by gathering some of my more recent African American author recommendations! Links point to the original recommendation threads.

Free stuff:

* (Short story) Walkdog by Sofia Samatar in Kaleidoscope, 2014; reprinted online by Weightless Books.

* (Poem) Song by JT Stewart in Stone Telling, Jan 2014.

* (Poem) Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Feb 2015.

* (Poem) The Nightflies by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Jan 2015.

* (Short story) Super Bass by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, May 2013. (I missed this when it came out!)

* (Novelette) The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, Apr 2014

Also some non-free recommendations that are a bit longer:

* (Novelette) Légendaire. by Kai Ashante Wilson in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013. Soon to be reprinted in Stories for Chip!

* (Novella) A Necessary Being by Octavia Butler in Unexpected Stories, pub. Open Road Media, 2014.

 

(…I don’t think Kai Ashante Wilson can be hyped enough, in case you were wondering… 😀 )

And the usual endnote:

You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

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Jun
12
2015
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#diversestories / #diversepoems recommendations June 12

Welcome to this week’s instalment of my SFF recommendations by diverse authors! You can follow me on Twitter at @bogiperson to get these stories and poems every day. 😀

The past weeks were very hectic because we are moving, there were multiple medical procedures in the family, etc. So there were a bunch of recommendations that I somehow didn’t end up including in a roundup:

May 26: (Short story) Walkdog by Sofia Samatar in Kaleidoscope, 2014; reprinted online by Weightless Books.

Jun 3: (Short story) Application for the Delegation of First Contact: Questionnaire, Part B by Kathrin Köhler in Book Smugglers, May 2015.

Jun 4: (Poem) Apologies for breaking the glass slipper by Isabel Yap in Uncanny Magazine, Jun 2015.

And here are this week’s recommendations:

Jun 9: (Novella) (Non-free) What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear by Bao Shu, translated by Ken Liu, F&SF, Apr/May 2015.

Jun 10: (Flash story) Rubbing is Racing by Charles Payseur in Lightspeed – Queers Destroy SF special issue, Jun 2015.

Jun 11: (Poem) Celestial celebrities by Meena Kandasamy in her poetry collection Ms Militancy, reprinted in Stone Telling, Jun 2011.

Jun 12: (Novelette) Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Jun 2015.

This week’s supporters:

* Henry Lien sent a hardcopy of Asimov’s June 2015 which includes his story

Thank you very much!!

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You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

After we’ve moved, I’ll probably do a food drive where you can gift me things to eat through Amazon – so just mentioning it in order for you to prepare 😀 I need to put more food on my wishlist!

Written by prezzey in: sf |
Jun
01
2015
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Story notes: Forestspirit, Forestspirit

These are my bonus notes for Forestspirit, Forestspirit – my poetic hard SF story out in Clarkesworld today. Spoilers follow; this blog post is best read after the story.

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Content warnings: warfare, racism – all rather off-screen and without graphic descriptions. My notes below also talk a bit about transphobia.

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Scientific detail in this story was inspired by two recent arXiv preprints:

Nguyen A, Yosinski J, Clune J (2014): Deep Neural Networks are Easily Fooled: High Confidence Predictions for Unrecognizable Images. arXiv:1412.1897v2 [cs.CV]

Szegedy C, Zaremba W, Sutskever I, Bruna J, Erhan D, Goodfellow I, Fergus R (2014): Intriguing properties of neural networks. arXiv:1312.6199v4 [cs.CV]

Readers should note that I have taken great liberties with the source material. 😀

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This is my most recent finished non-flash story. These days I’m writing a lot for my day job and I struggle to find any time and energy to write fiction or poetry on the side. It’s difficult.

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The story was beta read by Rose Lemberg and Merc A. Rustad. Thank you!!

I think my style improved a lot recently in response to not only reading recent work but also thinking about it, contemplating it, and discussing with fellow writers what we are trying to do. I think it owes the most to Rose Lemberg (even though we write very different things), but a list of influences would be very long.

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The story is set in the Balaton Uplands, where my dad lives, but this is not stated in the text explicitly.

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In present-day Hungary, gender-neutral names are actually illegal. “Gabi” is a diminutive that can be used for various male- and female-gendered names, most commonly Gabriella (female) and Gábor (male), but also Gábriel (male), etc.

An aside: Bogi can also stand for Boglár, Boglárka (female) and Bogdán (male), but is more frequently used as a female diminutive. There was a boy in my former neighborhood who was called Bogi, but this is rather uncommon, I think.

I had Hungarian cis people tell me my first name was too gendered. Um, to have something less gendered would actually be illegal, so you might wish to lobby for more trans-friendly legislation?

“Bogi” is completely gender-opaque to Americans, and to my surprise also to Germans and Austrians. So I’m fine with it for the time being :)

To go back to Gabi, I could claim a thematic link to the angel Gavriel, re: the protagonist’s actions etc., but there are so few gender-neutral names for Hungarian characters I could come up with that this actually wasn’t intentional.

As mentioned in the story, Gabi soap products really did exist and were a staple of my childhood. This is one of the very few clues as to the story’s location.

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Yes, this is a post-Singularity story… I guess. I have a deep skepticism of post-Singularity stories. So the backdrop is grimly tongue in cheek, while the themes of the aftermath of war, racism, etc. are deathly serious.

While writing, I was also thinking of stories of partisans (the Eastern European version of guerrillas) hiding in forests well after wars had ended. When I was a kid, I often thought about what it would be like to be one. Probably not very glamorous.

The protagonist doesn’t end up leaving the forest, by the end. There is no rapturous absolution. It’s all rather low-key and melancholy. And the young people again leave the country, like right now and many times before; history repeats itself.

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There is a complicated subthread about magic, what gets called magic, what do readers see as magic, etc. I wanted to circumambulate this issue a bit more subtly than just invoking Clarke’s third law.

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I tried to keep ethnicities ambiguous so that more people could see themselves in the story – marginalized groups in Hungary have a lot of shared history. But I also tried to make it clear who is not an ethnic majority Hungarian. The protagonist isn’t, and the other characters are mixed-ethnicity, with Péter passing and his uncle not so much (this is only made clear at the end).

(In before someone tries to whitesplain Hungary to me: yes, there are blond Jews, there are blond Roma etc. Hungary has had a lot of intermarriage, and many many people live in the country who pass as the ethnic majority.)

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Darwin’s caterpillar being much embarrassed is in the Instinct chapter of The Origin of Species – I just thought this phrasing was endearing and thus it made its way into the story.

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May
26
2015
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#diversestories / #diversepoems recommendations May 18-22

This is the usual roundup of my semi-daily recommendations of speculative poetry and fiction by diverse authors! Follow me on Twitter to see them every day – I’m @bogiperson.

A lot of cool stuff this past week, and 3 new authors in the series out of 5. I continue to be amazed how many great writers there are out there.

I also think a 20% percentage of non-free stuff is working out well (this is a recent change) – there is still plenty of free stuff you can read, but this way I manage to spotlight lesser-known/harder to find work that also gets reprinted sometimes 😀 (Who will be the next publisher to reprint one of my recs? I think the first one was Apex!)

Also check out the March-April roundup I made last week.

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The week’s recommendations:

May 18: (Novella) (Non-free) Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge, in Dangerous Space, Aqueduct Press 2007.

May 19: (Flash story) The Egg by S.B. Divya in Nature Futures, Feb 2015.

May 20: (Short story) By Degrees and Dilatory Time by S. L. Huang, May 2015.

May 21: (Poem) Let me show you you by Dominik Parisien in Stone Telling, Feb 2013.

May 22: (Short story) The Man Who Walked Home by James Tiptree, Jr. in Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home, 1972. Reprinted on the Baen Ebooks website.

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Supporters of the series this week:

* A.C. Buchanan, who sent an ebook reviewer copy of Liquid City. Thank you!!

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You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar. I also very much appreciate reviewer copies, especially print review copies of short story anthologies, or diverse SFF novels. You can look at my reviewer copies policy before sending things!

(…and yes, you can always buy me food from my Amazon wishlist, it is very helpful and I eat it with relish 😀 I should probably put more food on the list, it seems to be a popular option!)

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May
20
2015
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#diversestories / #diversepoems recs Mar-Apr 2015

These are all the recommendations I posted in my Twitter series focusing on diverse authors of SFF, during March and April.

Poems:

* An Inventory of Ghosts by Natalia Theodoridou in Strange Horizons, Apr 2015 (can also be categorized as a story)

* Coyolxauhqui by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas in Stone Telling, Nov 2014

* Last Letters by Sonya Taaffe in Through the Gate, Oct 2014

* Levity by Lisa M. Bradley in Through the Gate, Mar 2015

* Lunectomy by Jack H. Marr in Stone Telling, Mar 2012

* My Dead Hands Lover, I’m Leaving You by Dominik Parisien in Through the Gate, Sep 2012

* Navigations by Mat Joiner in Through the Gate, Apr 2013

* Salamander Song by Rose Lemberg and Emily Jiang in Strange Horizons, Nov 2014

* The Multiple Lives of Juan and Pedro by Isabel Yap in Apex, Apr 2015

* Triumph XV: Vetala by Shweta Narayan in Tor.com, April 2015

Stories:

* Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya on Tor.com, Feb 2015

* After the Rain by Polenth Blake, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015

* (Non-free) Bilingual by Henry Lien in F&SF, Mar/Apr 2015

* Documentary by Vajra Chandrasekera in Lightspeed, Mar 2015

* Not Her Garden by Yukimi Ogawa, in Lackington’s, Summer 2014

* Pockets by Amal El-Mohtar in Uncanny, Feb 2015

* (Non-free) Re: Christmas, Bainbridge Island by Dennis Y. Ginoza in Bloodchildren, ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

* Super Bass by Kai Ashante Wilson on Tor.com, May 2013

* The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mar 2014

* The Shape of my Name by Nino Cipri on Tor.com, Mar 2015

* Tiger Baby by JY Yang, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015. Originally published in From the Belly of the Cat, Math Paper Press, 2013

* What the Highway Prefers by Cassandra Khaw, in Lackington’s, Winter 2015

* Where Monsters Dance by A. Merc Rustad in Inscription Magazine, Mar 2015

* You’ll Always Have the Burden with You by Ken Liu in In Situ, July 2012; reprinted in Perihelion, Dec 2013

Flash stories:

* Men sell not such in any town by Nalo Hopkinson in Nature Futures, Sep 2005

* Red String by Cassandra Khaw in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mar 2015

Novelettes:

* (Non-free) Free Bird by Caren Gussoff, in Bloodchildren ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

* (Non-free) Invisible City by A.C. Buchanan, self-published in 2015

* (Non-free) Légendaire. by Kai Ashante Wilson in Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

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You might also like the previous roundup (Jan-Feb). Also, my reviewer copies policy is here.

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People interested in supporting the series are very welcome to get me gifts via Amazon. I am not able to accept monetary donations due to my student visa restrictions, so I don’t have a Patreon and can’t run a fundraiser.

Supporters in March and April: multiple Anonymous Benefactors, Bella Press, Mitchell Hart, Heather Rose Jones, Henry Lien, Marcell Géza Takács, Charles A. Tan, A.C. Wise. Thank you very much!!

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May
19
2015
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#diversepoems and #diversestories May 11-15

These were last week’s recommendations in my diverse SFF story and poem recs series on Twitter! To see the latest every day (…well, most days…), follow me at @bogiperson 😀

May 11: (Poem) Visitation of the Oracle at McKain Street by Sheree Renée Thomas in Mythic Delirium, Feb 2015

May 12: (Poem) Not with Flowers by Deepthi Gopal in Strange Horizons, May 2015

May 13: (Short story) Valentine’s Day by Xia Jia (translated by Ken Liu) in Terraform, Feb 2015

May 14: (Epic poem) Long Shadow by Rose Lemberg in Strange Horizons, Mar 2015

May 15: Skipped (recovering from end of semester…)

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There will be several posts now that I have a bit more time (G-d willing), including the Mar-Apr roundup with ALLL the stories and poems!

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You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar.

Written by prezzey in: sf |
May
05
2015
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#diversestories special: new authors in the series!

This is the latest round-up in my Twitter series of SFF short story and poem recommendations by authors who belong to marginalized groups. (That sentence is a bit preposition-heavy…)

Sorry I haven’t been updating much – I have been having health problems and end-of-semester things. I’m still having all these! My last deadline is next Thursday.

These are recommendations from the past week or so. I was trying to highlight authors I haven’t previously featured in the series!

* (Short story / Poem?) An Inventory of Ghosts by Natalia Theodoridou in Strange Horizons, Apr 2015

* (Short story) (Non-free) Re: Christmas, Bainbridge Island by Dennis Y. Ginoza in Bloodchildren, ed. Nisi Shawl, 2013

* (Short story) Acrobatic Duality by Tamara Vardomskaya on Tor.com, Feb 2015

* (Novelette) (Non-free) Invisible City by A.C. Buchanan, self-published in 2015

Recent supporters:

* an Anonymous Benefactor got me a Hugo voting membership (after I said on Twitter that I only had a nominating membership from last year)

* an Anonymous Benefactor got me Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz from my wishlist (thank you – I read it while I was an utter flop and it really helped!)

* Mitchell Hart of Through the Gate got me a heap of books from my wishlist and also COOKIES

* Bella Press sent me two print reviewer copies, The Mystic Marriage and Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (I just beta read something of hers that was a cool read, so I’m really looking forward to these!)

Thank you everyone!! I am really grateful! Especially since I’ve been struggling so much the past few weeks. It really helps to feel that so many people are thinking of me. If you sent me well-wishes, inquiries about my health or my work, or anything, THANK YOU.

And the usual endnote:

You can support the series by getting me stuff from my Amazon wishlist – I cannot accept monetary payment off-campus, so I don’t have a Patreon or anything similar.

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Apr
29
2015
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Poem notes: The Iterative Nature of the Magical Discovery Process

My fantasy (science fiction?) poem The Iterative Nature of the Magical Discovery Process has been online at Through the Gate for a while now, but I haven’t gotten around to finishing and posting my poem notes. I’m behind on various blog posts as I’m really busy at work!

Spoilers below…

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This is probably the longest poem I’ve written so far. Even after I’d had the concept, it took me several days to finish it and clean it up.

Rose Lemberg was my beta reader. Thank you!!

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Some of the phrases I came up with in a half-asleep state in bed. This is how I write a considerable chunk of my poetry and fiction.

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I missed the previous submissions period of Through the Gate, and I was very sad about it. I was about to miss this one as well, so I practically begged Mitchell for an extension – as I already had the concept of the poem, but I just didn’t have enough time to finish writing it.

I don’t think I ever did this before! Don’t self-reject from sending an extension query? …I guess the worst thing that can happen is being told no.

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I really like this issue’s table of contents. Not only because I share it with awesome people, but also because if you press reload, magic happens!

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I was trying hard to make the two voices sound distinctive, but also similar – after all, the two speakers are a happy couple and thus probably have a similar mindset.

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I don’t think I had anything finished that featured lesbian characters before.

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I was in a discussion with several other PhD students recently (in different doctoral programs) and some of them in another program claimed they never felt like they discovered anything new. That was really shocking for me to hear. I have always felt like discovery was all around me, my world is full of so many interesting things and processes to be investigated. My problem is how to narrow them down and not try to do everything all at once, because I’m the kind of person who even makes variables out of their own everyday life and does statistics on them. I measure things for fun! I correlate them! I systematically vary things!

…so this poem might get a bit of that spirit of discovery across.

The Bolyai quote in the poem is also about that exhilaration. Bolyai-Lobachevsky geometry was an amazing thing for me to chance upon, sometime in grade school, and I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to actually discover it.

(This was not a part of our schoolwork, which is actually kind of sad. I love math, but my actual math classes I mostly disliked. With math I really feel the need to progress at my own pace and not be hammered with Absolutely Mandatory homework.)

At your own pace, you can also try to guess which spellwords represent which mathematical functions and how, it requires nothing beyond high school level algebra and there are cues all throughout the text. Solutions are provided after the spoiler cut.

Written by prezzey in: sf |
Apr
21
2015
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Come watch me talk!

If you are in Iowa City, you are very welcome to drop by and watch my brief research presentation this Friday! It’s open to the public. The building is across from Kinnick Stadium and next to the water tower.

I’ll only speak for about ten minutes. There will be triangles involved. I’ve already listened to trial runs of the other presentations and they will be fascinating!

This is the official flyer:

PROSEM

Friday, April 24, 2015

WJSHC- Room 308

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Abstract:

In this data blitz session, four doctoral students from Communication Sciences and Disorders will present new research on speech and language disorders. Join us for these exciting “sound bites” of science.

Presenters: 

Naomi Hertsberg, Self-perceived Competence and Social Acceptance of Children who Stutter

Larissa Jordan, Verbal Fluency:Norms for the Lakota Population in Semantic and Phonemic Fluency Tasks

Bogi Takács, Investigating the Learning Strategies of College Students with Language Disabilities

Hope Gerlach and Anu Subramanian, Bibliotherapy in Stuttering Treatment: Graduate Clinician and Client Perspectives

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events.  If you a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation  to participate in this program, please contact Vicki Jennings at 319-335-8726 in the Department of communication Sciences and Disorders.

Written by prezzey in: sci |
Apr
20
2015
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Discussion about autism and intersectionality!

I’m guest moderating a discussion about autism and intersectionality on #autchat tomorrow! I’ll paste a few things from the information sheet:

What: A weekly twitter chat for autistic people and people with related neurodivergences, for autism-related topics, including those with overlap with other neurodivergences (e.g. sensory, motor, executive functioning issues). Self-diagnosed/community-recognized people are welcome. The hashtag is also open for ongoing chat.

When: Tuesdays 11am PDT / 1pm CDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm GMT, lasts approximately 1 hour

For more info, contact: @theoriesofminds (email), @AskCisco, or @Ask_anAspergirl

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And now a few words of my own:

We’ll discuss intersectionality  – I have five specific subtopics for discussion, but all are very general. Before we begin, I’ll also explain what intersectionality is.

This is all on a bit of a short notice because I’ve been, and continue to be, very busy at work. I want to invite a bunch of people specifically and I’ll be sending out DMs (I’ll also probably forget to invite some people, because again, short notice and I need some sleep and rest) but it’s totally OK if you can’t make it.

I’ll probably also do another round of this focusing specifically on trans and nonbinary issues plus autism, next week or the week after. So you can put that in your calendar now 😀

I have a bunch of other announcements, but I try to spread them out and post something every day. If you are in Iowa City, you can come see me present on Friday – more tomorrow IY”H!

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