July 11-14 I will be in the Boston area attending Readercon! This is my first ever convention that I’ve been invited to attend as a guest, so I am doing tons of programming and I am so excited! Here is my schedule:
Friday July 12
4:00 PM ME Writing About Music, Writing for Music. Kevin E.F. Clark (leader), Barry N. Malzberg, Caitlyn Paxson, Tom Purdom, John Shirley. A group of musicians of varying backgrounds will discuss issues of writing about music: accurate representations of instruments, styles, historical music and its social context, the lives of musicians in different eras, and the technical language associated with music. We’ll look at examples from music reviews, composers’ own letters, and fiction written by non-musicians, and learn how to accurately represent music in text. We may also cover finding and collaborating with composers on songs, musicals, and operas.
5:00 PM RI Readercon Classic Fiction Book Club: Tam Lin. Gwynne Garfinkle, Lila Garrott (leader), Caitlyn Paxson, Sonya Taaffe. Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, which reimagines the Scottish ballad as an account of young, bright Janet Carter’s tumultuous time at college in the 1970s, was lauded upon its publication in 1991 and has endured as a classic since. We’ll explore its resonance and relevance to present-day readers and writers in the context of real-world events that recall Janet’s experiences—lengthy wars, challenges to reproductive rights, and activism and tensions on college campuses—as well as the increasing popularity of folk tale retellings.
7:00 PM F A Red Cloak, A Glass Shoe. Theodora Goss (leader), Ken Houghton, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Veronica Schanoes, Ann Tonsor Zeddies. Clothing in fairy tales is often tremendously significant to the story. To swap clothing is to swap identities, class, or habitat; to fit into a certain shoe is to establish an identity that was only made possible through the right choice of dress. How do speculative stories, especially fairy tale retellings, approach this topic? What can today’s writers learn from the sartorial preoccupation of the past?
9:00 PM NH The Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours. C.S.E. Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Caitlyn Paxson. The Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours present a whirlwind of ghosts, space ballads, bone swans and more! Join them as they sing, read, and offer theatrical interpretations of their work.
Saturday July 13
10:00 AM RI From Page to Stage: Adapting and Performing Your Work for an Audience. C.S.E. Cooney, Caitlyn Paxson. Caitlyn Paxson and C.S.E. Cooney will provide vocal warm-ups and exercises, as well as tips on articulation and breath control. Each will give brief performances while discussing eye contact, decibel level, and body language. Participants are encouraged to bring 1–3 paragraphs of their own writing to share aloud.
3:00 PM NH Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.
8:00 PM F A Most Readerconnish Miscellany. Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Lila Garrott, Andrea Hairston, John Kessel, Daniel José Older, Caitlyn Paxson, Sonya Taaffe. C.S.E. Cooney and Mike Allen emcee an extravagant evening of music, theater, and readings to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Operation Hammond. Bring cash or credit cards to make donations toward these very worthy organizations, all while being entertained by exquisite performers including Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan, Daniel José Older, John Kessel, Sonya Taaffe, C.S.E. Cooney and Caitlyn Paxson, and a capella group Sassafrass. Don’t miss this unforgettable event.