Fantasy, Horror, and Speculative Fiction: Revelations of Genre Fiction

Sat, May 20, 2023
Greensboro Cultural Center Hyers Theatre (1st Floor)

So-called genre fiction is no longer under the thumb of literary high culture. These authors make clear that the game has changed and "genre" writers are where the literary action is.

About the authors

CHANA PORTER is a novelist, playwright, teacher, MacDowell fellow, and cofounder of The Octavia Project, a STEM and writing program for girls, trans, and nonbinary youth that uses speculative fiction to envision greater possibilities for our world. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Her first novel, The Seep, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her second novel, The Thick and The Lean, comes out spring 2023 from Saga Press/Simon and Schuster. READ MORE ABOUT CHANA

VERONICA HENRY is the author of Bacchanal, The Quarter Storm, The Foreign Exchange (Feb 2023) in the Mambo Reina series. Her work has debuted at #1 on multiple Amazon bestseller charts, was chosen as an editors’ pick for Best African American Fantasy, and shortlisted for the Manly Wade Wellman Award. She is a Viable Paradise alum and a member of SFWA and MWA. READ MORE ABOUT VERONICA

ERIKA T. WURTH’s literary-horror novel White Horse is with Flatiron/Macmillan, and is an indie next pick. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Kenyon Review. She is a Kenyon and Sewanee fellow, and a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman (books) and Dana Spector, CAA (film). She is an urban Native of Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee descent and was raised outside of Denver, where she lives with her partner, her two stepchildren, and her extremely fluffy dogs. READ MORE ABOUT ERIKA

About the Host
J.L. Herndon (he/him) is an author of speculative fiction and poetry. All his characters are Black unless otherwise noted. A psychologist by training, he is fascinated by people, families, and their relationships. His work appears in Star*Line Magazine, Inkwell Black, Visual Verse, and Serotonin. Originally from Texas, he now resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife and dog. You can find him lurking on Twitter @jl_herndon.