* Tell me your favorite non-Eurocentric stories.
* Report from the Willamette Writers Conference
* Short story acceptance for anthology of spiritual literature
What Are Your Favorite Non-Eurocentric Stories?
Question of the month: What are your favorite non-Eurocentric stories? This mean stories that are not primarily from a Western Civilization frame of reference. They might be traditional narratives or recent science fiction, acclaimed best sellers or fan fiction. They might even by authors of Eurocentric descent if the story itself is located in a very different worldview (thinking Le Guin here, for example). Comment and I will put together a summary for the next newsletter.
Willamette Writers Conference, 2020
I was privileged to be part of a panel on worldbuilding at this year’s Willamette Writers Conference along with Sarina Dorie, Emily Suvada, and Hannah Mann, all of whom had great insights to offer on worldbuilding and creating setting. As an attendee, I was humbled (this word is overused, but here I mean it) to attend the panel on Privilege, Politics, and Cultural Experience with Claudia F. Saleeby Savage, Kimberly Johnson, Shayla Lawson, and Jenny Forrester. I will not tell a lie: this panel brought me to tears, particularly in the midst of my own struggles with how to be an adequate parent as a white person raising two Black kids. The speakers did some useful, if painful, calling out of our own Portland, Oregon as a very racist space, even by white American standards. Well, we white folx have our work to do.
The conference was all online and went off impressively smoothly. My regards to Greg Gerding, Kate Ristau, and everyone who worked so hard to bring this event to life. It was also great to see Curtis Chen again, who I hear tell was attending two conferences at once!
Story Forthcoming in Anthology of Spiritual Literature
I am pleased as punch to announce that my short story “The Descent of the Wind” has been accepted for publication by This Present Former Glory: An Anthology of Honest Spiritual Literature, published by A Game for Good Christians. This quirky organization of Christians has a serious (humorous, and snarky) interest in delving deep into spiritual, Biblical questions; I might describe their tone as irreverently reverent. It feels like a good home for this particular oddball story, and I’m really looking forward to reading the full anthology. I especially want to thank my pastor, Jeanne Randall-Bodman, for her help with navigating the story’s Biblical material, and also my dear friend, Z., who gave it a very encouraging read from a Muslim perspective.