In 2020, the year that was actually twelve years, I published…. basically nothing. I wrote plenty, mostly novels and panicked screeds on Twitter, but not much in the way of award nominateyness. I created FIYAHCON with Brent Lambert, which was probably responsible in equal parts for Twitter screeds and my lack of writing output. And I had some stuff reprinted, like Moses at Lightspeed, which was very cool. But in lieu of the stuff I didn’t write, here are the things I put out this year that you can read fairly quickly and perhaps consider for their respective things should you be the nominating type.
young Death is in love – a poem published April 20th, 2020 at Strange Horizons and also read by me for a first. Eligible wherever they nominate speculative poetry.
I was also the first Guest Editor for SFWA’s non-fiction member publication The Bulletin #215. This curation sought specifically to give form to and provide actionable remedies to affect the change we’ve only ever talked about in hypotheticals. Depending on when you’re reading this, you can check out for free on SFWA’s blog Tochi Onyebuchi examining methods of implementing non-carceral systems in fiction. Karintha Parker using COVID as a catalyst to reimagine aspects of publishing in ways that make it more organically inclusive, deep dives on decolonization from Shiv Ramdas’s examination of postcolonial horror and Henry Lien’s look at non-Western storytelling structures. Arkady Martine talks sustainable architecture in worldbuilding, while Evan Winter gives us bridges to build between the ecosystems surrounding traditional and self-published speculative fiction.
I am still, of course, Art Director and Project Manager over at FIYAH Literary Magazine, whose eligibility post you can find here. As, ever, it has been an honor and a privilege to amplify the talents and skills of Black illustrators from my position, and I look forward to doing it some more in 2021.
And finally, my behemoth, FIYAHCON may be eligible in the Best Related Works categories of various genre award series. FIYAHCON was the brainchild of myself and my partner in all things genre Brent Lambert. This was our 2.5 day event back in October, centering the experiences, contributions, and perspectives of BIPOC in speculative literature, and included the first ever Ignyte Award series. It went off like a dream and the reception has been incredible, and we’ll be bringing it back September 16th-19th, 2021. You can check out the website and the post-con retrospective here on the blog.
C’est tout! Thank you so much for your enduring support, and maybe even your tolerance. Rest well, have a cookie, and read Black lit in 2021 and beyond.