Revising the Imagination: An Author Panel on Queer Fantasy Fiction
Panelists: K. Ancrum, Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian, Andrew Eliopulos, Brian Olsen, & Rebecca Kim Wells
Moderated by: Dr. Julie Beaulieu
Join us for a special discussion with five fiction authors who are infusing the fantasy genre with LGBTQIA+ characters. Faced with powerful creatures, magical possibilities, and time travel woes, these new queer heroes emerge triumphant as role models for readers of all ages.
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About the authors:
K. Ancrum is the author of the award winning thriller The Wicker King, a lesbian romance The Weight of the Stars, and the upcoming Peter Pan thriller Darling. K. is a Chicago native passionate about diversity and representation in young adult fiction. She currently writes most of her work in the lush gardens of the Chicago Art Institute.
Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian is an Armenian American queer woman by birth and a military historian by training. She is proud to have called both the American and Japanese northeasts her home. She has produced nonfiction, fiction, and photography content for more than a dozen publications, including two newspapers and five anthologies, as well as for Eisner Award-nominated author Magdalene Visaggio's Kim & Kim. What's her secret, you ask? Garlic and Turkish coffee (but really, mostly Turkish coffee). Come say hi to her on Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon at riversidewings.
Andrew Eliopulos (he/him) is the author of The Fascinators, a Junior Library Guild selection that Kirkus Reviews called "a magical exploration of queer and religious themes." Under his birth name, he is the author of a book for middle-grade readers, The Spider Ring, which was a CBC Children's Choices Reading List Pick and a Grand Canyon Reader award nominee. Originally from Georgia, Andrew graduated from the University of Chicago and now lives with his husband in Brooklyn.
Brian Olsen is a writer and performer in New York City. He primarily writes fantasy and science fiction with a sense of humor and an emphasis on diverse representation. His works include The Future Next Door, a contemporary urban science fiction comedic thriller series in four parts; Multiverse Mashup, an ongoing genre-bending adventure series; and Yesterday’s Magic, a young adult fantasy trilogy. Brian is also an actor, having studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory before receiving his MFA from the Actors Studio. Currently he writes and performs sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade-founded team After School Snack. He’s @brianolsenbooks on all social media, and more information on his writing can be found at brianolsenbooks.com.
Rebecca Kim Wells grew up in California before moving east in search of crisp autumns and snowy winters. Her debut novel Shatter the Sky was a New England Book Award Finalist, an Indies Introduce selection, and a Kids’ Indie Next Pick. She is also the author of Storm the Earth and Briar Girls (2021), published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Simmons College. When not writing, reading, or talking about writing or reading, she sells books at a fiercely independent bookstore in Massachusetts. She can also be found drinking tea, singing along to musicals, or playing soccer. (Usually not all at once.) If she were a hobbit, she would undoubtedly be a Took.
Presented by the Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program; the Literature Program; the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Pitt Queer Professionals; and the University Store on Fifth - University of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m.