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Photos & Video from the NYC Launch Party for THE ART OF STARVING

On July 18th, we launched THE ART OF STARVING with an incredible event at Parlor NYC!

I read from the book, had a great conversation with Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams, and answered some excellent questions from the audience. Then I signed a whole lot of books, sold by The Lit Bar, a magnificent pop-up shop currently raising funds to address the horrible injustice that the Bronx currently doesn’t have a single bookstore!!!

See below for just a few of the magnificent images. And my magnificent husband livestreamed the event, and you can watch it here!!!

Reading from THE ART OF STARVING….

I bask in the radiance of my editor Kristen Pettit (center) and my friend Maria Dahvana Headley (left), also part of Kristen’s astonishing literary brood!
In conversation with my good friend Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Magazine.
Noëlle Santos, the mastermind behind The Lit Bar, handled book sales like a damn boss!
A lifelong dream comes true – my momma and my sister buying copies of my novel!!!
Just a few of my favoritest people on the planet.
Just a few more of my favoritest people on the planet.

My Schedule at OutWrite in D.C. this Weekend.

I’m excited to be traveling to Washington D.C. this weekend, for the OutWrite LGBTQ literary conference!

Held at the DC Center (2000 14th St NW, # 105, Washington D.C.), it’s a celebration of LGBT literature, authors, writers, and poets. On Saturday, August 5th, there will be a full day of readings, panels, book sales, and exhibitors. To finish the weekend, a number of writing workshops will be held on Sunday, August 6th.

On Saturday, at 2PM, I’ll be part of All the Feels: A Queer YA Reading, with M-E Girard, Jaye Robin Brown, Sam J. Miller, & Amanda Gernentz Hanson. Moderated by Rahul Kanakia.

And then at 5PM I will be on a panel called Dignified: On Writing Thoughtful Depictions of Disability & Mental Healthwith Sunny Moraine, Marlena Chertock, and Amanda Gernentz Hanson.

If you’re in the DC area, please come through to check it out – seems like it’ll be a fantastic couple of days.

Launch Events for THE ART OF STARVING

Two phenomenal launch events are coming up for THE ART OF STARVING – one in New York City, and one in my home town of Hudson, NY, where the novel is set. I’ll be reading from the book, and answering questions, and signing copies!! AND THERE WILL BE SNACKS. This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Copies of the books will be available for purchase, thanks to The Lit. Bar!!!

 Would love to see you at either one, if you can make it!

 

NEW YORK CITY LAUNCH EVENT

Parlor NYC – 286 Spring Street, NYC

Tuesday, July 18th, 7PM

[Click here for the Facebook event, and to RSVP]

 

HUDSON LAUNCH EVENT

Hudson Area Library – 51 North Fifth Street, Hudson NY 12534

Saturday, July 29th, 2PM

[Click here for the Facebook event]

 

Reading at KGB Fantastic Fiction

Me and my teacher/hero Holly Black at the January 2017 edition of KGB Fantastic Fiction [photo by Ellen Datlow]
In 2012, as a newly-hatched Clarion graduate, I saw my teacher Jeffrey Ford read at KGB Fantastic Fiction, and since then I’ve dreamed of one day being part of the series. Matt Kressel and Ellen Datlow have done such a phenomenal job of curating a monthly event where super huge stars and all-around goddamn geniuses and rising lights of the genre perform for a small, intimate, enthusiastic crowd.

And so it is a dream come true to announce that I will be reading at KGB on May 17th

…along with my friend and fellow Altered-Fluid-member/old-school-Nintendo-game-addict E.C. Meyers.

You know you want to come:

Wednesday, May 17th, at 7pm

KGB Bar (website): 

85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10003 (map)

Guerrilla Lit Reading, 5/25: Me, Ryan Britt, Lev Grossman

On May 25th, I’ll return to the fantastic Guerrilla Lit reading series, where I performed way back in March 2009, for a special science fiction night, alongside the brilliant Ryan Britt (you should go now and read everything he ever wrote at Tor.com) and NYT-best-selling-author Lev Grossman.

You should come!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 AT 7:30PM

DIXON PLACE: 161A Chrystie St., b/w Rivington & Delancey.

Nearby Subway Stops: F to 2nd Avenue; J, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring; M to Essex; B/D to Grand

Free Admission

The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series has hosted regular readings of emerging and established authors in New York City since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope).

Curated by Lee Matthew Goldberg, Marco Rafalá, Nicole Audrey Spector, and Camellia Phillips

From the event website:

Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. The Magicians books are published in 25 countries and have been praised by, among others, George R.R. Martin, Audrey Niffenegger, John Green, Joe Hill & Erin Morgenstern. An hour-long drama series based on them is currently airing on Syfy. Grossman is also Time magazine’s book critic & lead technology writer, and he has written essays & criticism for Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Lingua Franca, the Week, the Village Voice and the Believer, among others. His journalism has earned him a Deadline award, and the New York Times has called him ‘‘one of this country’s smartest and most reliable critics.’’ He has made frequent appearances on NPR and at festivals, conferences & universities all over the world. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife & three children.

Sam J. Miller is a writer & a community organizer. His fiction is in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld & The Minnesota Review, among others. He is a nominee for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop. His debut novel The Art of Starving is forthcoming from HarperCollins. He lives in New York City.

Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read. He has written for The New York Times, Electric Literature, The Awl, VICE Motherboard, Clarkesworld Magazine, and is a consulting editor for Story Magazine. He was the staff writer for the Hugo-Award winning web magazine Tor.com, where he remains a contributor. He lives in New York City.

I’m Reading With Samuel R. Delany… ::dies::

In a bit of news so surreal and exciting I can’t quite convince myself it’s real, I’ll be sharing a bill with one of my all-time science fiction heroes, Samuel R. Delany!!
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (ground floor)
Brooklyn NY
Doors at 6:30PM, show starts at 7PM – but this one is gonna be packed, so, plan on getting there early.

Clear your calendars! Book passage to New York City! The chance to see Samuel Delany read is worth it. Don’t come because of me. I’m not even icing on the cake. I’m the cupcake wrapper – more annoying than anything else. I will, however, do my best to be an awesome cupcake wrapper. To that end I’ll be reading a special slimmed-down tweaked and maybe-even-slightly-edgier edit of my Nebula-nominated novelette “We Are the Cloud.”

I could write a million-word blog post about how much I love Delany’s work, and how much it meant to me as a young queer SF junky to find such bold brilliant queer speculative fiction. I could write massive essays about how much hope and inspiration I drew from Times Square Red, Times Square Blue – one of my all-time favorite books – in my attempts to reconcile life as an activist and life as a writer. But I won’t. All I’ll say is:
YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST, NYRSF PRESENTS:
SAMUEL R DELANY & SAM J MILLER
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (ground floor)
Brooklyn NY
Doors at 6:30PM

I’ll be Part of the Lost & Found Show’s “Video Games” Edition!

This Wednesday I’ll be reading at the Lost & Found Show’s Video Games Edition, at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street in New York City.

I have a well-documented obsession with old-school Nintendo games, so  I was excited to be asked to participate. And I love how the line-up of writers includes folks from lots of different artistic backgrounds.

The Facebook event is here; see below for all the details!

The Lost & Found Show’s “Video Games” Edition – Wednesday March 12th!

Featuring:

Peter Olson (Marvel, UCB, Spike TV)
Sam J. Miller (The Rumpus, Minnesota Review)
Matt London (Tor.com, Fantasy Magazine)
Anna Roisman (MTV, Huffington Post, College Humor)

Musical Guest:

The Royal Bees

Special Trivia Sponsored by:

Games For Change

Hosted by Daniel Guzman

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
(Doors 7:00PM) 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
(between Sullivan St. and Thompson St)
New York, NY 10012

Nearest Trains:
W 4th St (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
8 St – NYU (N, R)
Bleecker St (6)
Broadway-Lafayette (B, D, F, M)

21+
FREE

Each month, we bring together authors, bloggers, comedians, and performers to share fiction and nonfiction stories involving a theme object that could be found in a lost and found box. We’ve featured burlesque stars, magicians, Moth Grand Slam winners, actors, someone’s mom, and a ukulele player.

For a list of upcoming theme objects, or to submit a story for consideration, visit:
lostfoundshow.com
Twitter: @lostfoundshow
Facebook.com/lostfoundshow

New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series STARRING ME

On Tuesday, January 7th, I’ll be sharing a bill with the marvelous Jennifer Marie Brissett at the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series. Participating in this venerable, 23-year-old series is a huge honor for me, and I know it’ll make for a hell of a night.

Jenn and I appeared on the radio program Hour of the Wolf last year, promoting our respective readings, and we had a blast. Jenn posted a link to the full audio on her blog, if you wanna get a sample of how much fun you’ll have if you come to the NYRSF event on January 7th.

Huge thanks to host Jim Freund, for having us on.

I’m quivering with excitement. Hope you can make it.

Reading will take place at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00
Admission Free
$7 donation suggested

Here’s Jenn reading, on WBAI with me last year. Note the 7 words you can’t say, on the radio station wall behind her.

EPIC WIN: Last Night’s LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading!!

Last night, I had the honor of curating and co-MC’ing an incredible lineup of LGBT science fiction & fantasy writers. Carmen Maria Machado (who wrote this excellent writeup on the event), Val Howlett, myself, Richard Bowes, Ellen Kushner,  and Delia Sherman read a fascinating and diverse range of work; I had been worried about having such an ambitious list of readers, but everyone presented tight, terse, strong work and we kept it moving and the whole shebang of six readers was done in just about an hour!!

[CLICK PICTURE TO SEE US FULL-SIZE]

But the real star of the evening was the crowd. SO MANY PEOPLE CAME!!! So humbling to see so many people I know and love – including people who came from California and the UK for this – as well as so many awesome new friends who are fans of queerness or SFFness or both.

Do you know that episode of I Love Lucy where Ricky is tired of hearing Lucy complain about how much work it is to be a homemaker, and says he can do better, and he tries to cook dinner, and he’s making rice, and he puts in four pounds of rice, so of course it overflows and fills the whole kitchen? That’s kind of how last night was. The community organizer in me has been so anxious about there being any empty seats in the house that I did maybe a little bit TOO MUCH turnout work… and the crowd was incredible. Every seat packed; so many people standing up that no one else could even come in the door…people were standing on the January sidewalk with their noses pressed to the glass because they couldn’t get in!

Here’s a glimpse. This was taken at 6:55PM, FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE EVENT WAS EVEN SCHEDULED TO START; by 7:30 forgetaboutit.

This event was a great reminder of what a privilege it is to be part of two incredibly warm, tight-knit, supportive communities – the queer community, and the speculative fiction community. And when they overlap, like they did last night, it’s a beautiful thing. I had originally hoped to shout out all the incredible people who I know, but there were so many folks there who I adore and it all became such a blur that I am paralyzed by the fear of snubbing someone. I’ll just say that the audience had writers I adore, editors of magazines and of books that I love, and millions of my devoted readers like me.

Also, it was a terrific advertisement for the Clarion Writer’s Workshop. None of this would have happened without Clarion. That’s where I met Carmen, my classmate, and Delia, my teacher – the nucleus of the reading. That’s where my SFF writing chops got sharpened to the point where I could write a pretty solid story like the one I read last night. And that’s where I realized how easy and meaningful it is to be a part of this incredible community.

So. If you’re thinking about applying to Clarion 2013, which has an INCREDIBLE roster of writer-instructors, you should consider this a strong nudge from me. And if the time and the money just aren’t there (as they weren’t, for me, for years), you should join me in making a donation to the Clarion Foundation. Because, karma. And because wonderful things like this don’t turn a profit – the tuition students pay doesn’t begin to cover the actual cash value of the food and lodging and UCSD facilities access, let ALONE the priceless counsel and guidance of your teachers and classmates.

DO IT.