Where I’ll be at Chicon 8 (Virtually)

Sadly, I won’t be able to make it in person to Worldcon this year. I have an important family event the next weekend and decided to try to avoid big social gatherings beforehand. I’m sad that I won’t be able to see friends and meet new people in person, but I am hoping to make it to World Fantasy Con in November.

However, I will be doing some online programming, including a virtual table talk, and would love to see people virtually. Here’s my schedule:

Virtual Table Talk – Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm CDT

Where: Airmeet Table Talk

Who: A. T. Greenblatt

Blending, Blurring, Evaporating GenresSaturday, September 3 at 10:00am CDT

Where: Airmeet 4

Who: A. T. Greenblatt, Cassandra Rose Clarke (moderator), Julia Meitov Hersey, L. Marie Wood, Sherwood Smith

Description: Dragons in space? Magic robots? Speculative fiction has always refused to be confined between strict boundaries, and genre mashups and crossovers are now a common feature. How have our expectations for each genre changed over the years? How will they continue to change when “shelf space on a bookstore” is no longer a main concern?


One Hero to Save Them AllSaturday, September 3 at 2:30pm CDT

Where: Airmeet 3

Who: A. T. Greenblatt, Auston Habershaw, C.L. ClarkColin Alexander, John Appel (moderator), PJ Manney

Description: Many stories set in dystopias or featuring a revolution focus the narrative on a single, solitary hero. But is this realistic? Is it fair, either to the hero who must do all the work or to the secondary characters? Is it fair to readers, looking to effect changes in their own societies, to read about competent characters who can do it all? Come join the panelists as they explore and question examples of solitary heroes.

Hope to see you virtually this weekend!

4th Street Fantasy 2022

I totally forgot to write this post and the conference is starting tomorrow. And, if all the flying goes smoothly, I will be in Minneapolis tonight. Also, I’m going to be on some panels. Additionally, I’m very excited to see people again in person and might not have finished my cup of coffee this morning yet, hence stream of consciousness-like wording of this post.

Anyway, here’s my schedule for 4th Street Fantasy:

Designing Worlds for Everyone – 4:00 PM Friday

Stella Evans (M), Avani Gadani, A.T. Greenblatt, Benjamin C. Kinney, Michael Merriam.

From airport scanners with only two body type defaults to facial recognition systems that can’t recognize BIPOC, unconscious—or conscious—design decisions from our world that treat people unequally seep into our fantasy worlds. Authors create fantastic worlds full of stairs wheelchair users can’t access or magic systems designed to erase disabilities. But there also exist magic writing systems that dyslexic users excel at and blind earthbenders who don’t have to overcome their disabilities in order to thrive. What are broad principles or specific ways of approaching world-building to include as many people in the fantasy as possible? 

Ambiguous Narrative Stances11:30 AM Sunday

A.T. Greenblatt, Marissa Lingen, Jenn Lyons, Aja McCullough (M), Abra Staffin-Wiebe. 

What kind of ambiguity serves a story, in endings and in narrative support? Raising complicated questions with no easy answers is all well and good; avoiding dealing with what they mean entirely is an abnegation of responsibility. We can’t control reader interpretations, and there can be power in letting readers fill in for themselves what goes, but when is failing to take an explicit stance a disservice to the reader, and how explicit is it important to be? Where is the line between an ambiguous ending that fails the reader by failing to take a stance, or that serves the reader in forcing them to think through implications to their logical conclusion and intentionally decide on their own reading? 

As I said, very excited for this and if you’re there, please feel free to come say hello.

Comings and Goings – Late May & Early June 2022

I can’t remember when I posted here last and honestly, I’m a little too lazy right now to check, but I think it’s been a while. I’m slowly getting used to living in a new city. Or at least getting a little less lost, which is nice. I’m really enjoying the springtime greenery and looking forward to summer.

Speaking of upcoming things, I will be at the virtual Nebula Convention next weekend (May 19th-May 22nd). I also have a virtual reading at NYRSF on June 7th. Here’s the information for both:

At the Nebulas, I’ll be on two panels:

The Future of Disability Representation – May 20th at 3pm PST – with Effie Seiberg, Andi C. Buchanan, Nicola Griffith, A. T. Greenblatt, and Nalini Haynes

Description: Writers with disabilities prop up excellent examples of representation, discuss how to overcome harmful tropes and stereotypes, and explore, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the future of portraying disability in SFF.

The Second Person and You – May 22nd at 10:30am – P H Lee, Suzan Palumbo, Lauren Ring, Eden Royce, and A. T. Greenblatt

Description: The second person is often regarded as difficult, complex, or experimental. But it doesn’t need to be! Explore how your work could benefit from this technique with authors who have intentionally and successfully written from this perspective.

My second event is an author reading at the NYRSF series. It will be streamed on the internet free for all on June 7th at 7pm!

Hope to see you virtually!

Where I’ll Be (Virtually) April 9th and 10th!

Hope this post finds you all healthy and safe. I’m going to keep this quick today because I’m not feeling well and am quite tired, but I wanted to let you know that I have some exciting things going on next weekend. And it will all be online!

  1. First up, I’ll be on a panel at Luxcon 2022. Troubling Tropes: Depicting Disability – Saturday at 9:00am ET
  2. Next, I have a reading at Flights of Foundry. Reading – 10:00am-11:00am EST in The Eyre. (Note: An hour is a long time to read, so I probably read for 20-30 minutes and host a kaffeeklatsch-like Q&A the rest of the time.)
  3. Lastly, I’ll be teaching a class for Clarion West Online called “Persisting as a Short Story Writer” from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Here’s the details. There’s still a few spots available!

Hope to see you (virtually) next weekend!

Worldcon 2021 Schedule

I’ve been under deadlines for the last few weeks and I’m only just getting to this post now. I’m literally sitting in the hotel lobby as I write this. Which is to say I’ll be at Discon III (aka WorldCon 2021) this weekend! In person! I’m excited to see people in real life again.

Here’s my schedule:

Thursday, Dec 16th, 11:30 AM  –  Kaffeeklatsch with A. T. Greenblatt – Suite 325 Side Room              
Thursday, Dec 16th, 1:00 PM  – Signing – A.T. Greenblatt – Autograph 3  

Friday, Dec 17th, 7:00 PM – Panel –  Writing Short Fiction – Blue Room

Saturday, Dec 18th, 10:00 AM – Panel –  Story Structures Besides the Hero’s Journey – Older
Saturday, Dec 18th, 4:00 PM  –  Panel –  Why Do We Love Novellas and Novelettes? – Cabinet Room  
Saturday, Dec 18th, 8:00 PM –    Hugo Award Ceremonies!        

The Hugo will be streamed on Saturday night and I’ll update this post with the link when I have it.

In the meantime, please feel free to come say hello to me if you are at the convention. Apologies in advance – I’m terrible with faces in the best of times, so if I don’t recognize you, it’s not personal.
               

Schedule for Capclave 2021

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I haven’t had much news to report – I’ve mostly been working on stories that will be published later this year or early 2022. If everything goes to plan, I’ll have 3 more stories coming out in 2021, the first of which is “Questions Asked in the Belly of the World” which will be published at Tor.com on September 29th!

In the meantime, I will be at Capclave on Oct. 1st – Oct 3rd. I’m so excited and it’ll be wonderful to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Here’s my schedule:

  • Non Traditional Protagonists – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 11am EST
    • Description: The typical protagonist is an unmarried young white male (or more recently female). But what about protagonists who don’t fit this mold. What about older characters, non-white characters, and characters with disabilities or handicaps? How does changing the protagonist change the story? And are there stories that require such a character to be told?
    • Panelists: Peter S. BeagleMary FanA. T. GreenblattJ. S. KelleyJennifer Povey (M)
  • Why Write Short Stories – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 12pm EST
  • Author Reading – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 3:30pm EST
    • Don’t know what I’ll read yet. Open to suggestions.

If you’re going to be at the conference, please feel free to come and say hello!

Schedule for Readercon 2021

Happy summer, everyone! (Or happy winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere.) This is simply a quick post to say that I will be at virtual Readercon on August 13-15th and will part of programming for the first time! Here’s my schedule:

The Emotions of Dystopia – Sunday, August 15th at 10 am EST

  • With Scott Edelman, Aliza Greenblatt, Bracken MacLeod, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Holly Lyn Walrath
  • Panel Description: Dull and even miserable affect and emotion have been hallmarks of the dystopia genre since 1984 and Brave New World, with joy depicted as fleeting and pleasure considered hollow or fake. But in the real world, emotional responses to hardship vary from person to person and from culture to culture. Panelists will probe and challenge the cultural and aesthetic basis for the supposed authenticity of unmitigated bleakness in dystopia and consider other emotional tones that dystopian stories might explore.

Author Reading – Sunday, August 15th at 2:30 pm EST

Hope to see you there if you’re planning on attending the convention, either at the panels or on the Discord server!

Convention Schedule for June 2021

“June is ages away,” I told myself. “You don’t need to think too hard about events in June yet.” Then I looked at a calendar.

With June being three days away, I thought I should mention that I’m going to be at three different events in the next few weeks in the form of panels, readings, and Q&A sessions. Here’s the list:

  1. Nebula Conference Online – June 4th-6th

I will be on a panel on June 4th, 8:00 am-9:00 am PDT on “Crafting the First Line” with Leah CypessC. L. Polk (they/them)Kristin Osani (moderator) and P. Djèlí Clark.

I will also be hanging out virtually at the con most the weekend. Please feel free to say hello if you see me!

2. 4th Street Fantasy – June 18th-20th

There will be a prerecorded panel with Elizabeth Bear, Robyn Bennis, Reuben Poling (Moderator), Jasmine Silvera,
John Wiswell, and myself where we talk about “Personalizing the Apocalypse: Meaningful Stakes on Grand Scales”. Then on June 19th at 4:00 pm CDT, we’ll be doing a live Q&A with the audience.

3. Locus Awards Weekend – June 23rd-26th (By the way, I’m a finalist for the Locus Awards!)

Leading up the the Locus Award Ceremony on June 26th, there will be several evenings of readings by the finalists. I’ll be giving a reading on Thursday June 24th at 5:00 pm PDT with one other author. (Not sure who yet, but the mystery is thrilling.)

One word of caution, please note the time zones if you’re planning on coming to these events. They are all virtual, though I believe all of them require a registration fee ($20- $125). Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Live Readings in March

The nice thing about the pandemic is that I can have two readings in one week half a continent away from each other. The downside is I would love to be in both Toronto and Orlando right now. But either way, I’m excited for both of these events next week.

The first event is on March 17th, at 7pm for the Ephemera Reading series in Toronto. The theme is joy, which I think I can find a story for. I’ll be reading with Curtis Chen and Rebecca Hirsch Garcia. I’m thrilled to be a part of this reading series!

The second event is for the convention ICFA which is usually in Orlando every year, except this year it will be online. I’ll be reading with Richard Butner and Gregory Norman Bossert on March 20th, at 9 pm EST. I’ve always enjoyed reading at ICFA, so I’m looking forward to this event too.

Hope to *see* you there.

Story Hour Reading February, 10th!

Is this my first post of 2021? I think it is. Happy New Year, everyone! We made it through 2020, so that’s something.

In all honesty, I’m not sure what this next year looks like for writing and appearances. I have three stories coming out in the next three months and I’m planning on attending both ICFA and the Nebula Conference virtually. But I’ll have seperate posts for all of those stories and events in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I’m excited to say that I’ll be doing another online reading for Story Hour on Wednesday, February 10th, at 10pm EST/7pm PST. I’ll be reading with Barbara Krasnoff! Barbara is a fantastic writer and I’m thrilled to be sharing a reading with her. So, if you’d like to hear some stories, the reading is free and open to anyone who’d like to attend.

Anyway, stay safe, healthy, and find joy where you can.