March 25, 2002
All events in this symposium, including the concert, are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Participation in any of the workshops requires pre-registration by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3. Sign-up sheets are available in Room T205 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Green St. "(Short) Fiction Writing" workshop participants should leave a story they wish to be critiqued.
Biographical Information of Panelists:
Sheree Renée Thomas is the editor of New York Times Book of the Year "Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora" (Warner, 2000), winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award and the 2001 Gold Pen Award. She is the founding publisher of Wanganegresse Press and the founding editor of the literary journal, Anansi. Thomas teaches creative writing at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Manhattan and is currently editing a second volume of "Dark Matter," scheduled for publication in January 2003; completing her fiction chapbook, "How Sukie Come Free and Other Tales" (March 2002); and writing her first novel.
Elizabeth Roberts' short films have been broadcast in Europe, North America and Asia and shown at the Sundance, Seattle and Los Angeles film festivals. Her music video "Underdog," produced by Zeitgeist for Hightone Records, helped launch Kelley Ryan's group, "astroPuppees." Roberts was a Sundance Screenwriters Laboratory finalist for her dramatic comedies "Idiot Box" and "Vent." Her story, 'Bitter Aspects,' was selected by Wanganegresse Press editor Sheree Renée Thomas for publication in 2003. Roberts' first novella, "Hooked In," is the basis of a sci-fi novel series that her production company, "gratitude pictures," will develop for television.
Pan Morigan has recently produced a radio special for Public Radio International called "Castles of Gold: Songs and Stories of Irish Immigration," narrated by Frank McCourt and Roma Downey. On the CD, Pan performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist, researched, arranged and produced all the music and created four songs for the project. "Castles of Gold" aired on public radio stations across the United States and New Zealand on St. Patrick's Day of this year. "Castles of Gold" was released on Green Linnet Records March 2002. Pan has composed and done vocal coaching for Chrysalis Theatre, New Century Theatre, as well as college and university productions.
Ama Patterson studied fiction writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and at the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in Seattle. She co-facilitated Azna's Pen, an open writer's workshop in Babylon, N.Y; served as a juror for the 2001 James Tiptree, Jr., Award; and is on the board of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in Huntington, N.Y. Her critically acclaimed short fiction is included in "Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora" and in the Drumvoices Revue anthology "Voices from the Cities," edited by Eugene B. Redmond. She is writing her first short story collection.
Andrea Hairston is associate professor of theatre and Afro-American studies at Smith College where she directs and teaches playwriting, and African, African-American and Caribbean theatre literature. A playwright, director, actor and musician, she is the artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre and has produced original theatre with music, dance, and masks for almost 25 years.
This project has been generously supported
by the Smith College Lecture Fund, the Office of Institutional
Diversity, Women's Studies, Theatre Department, Chrysalis Theatre,
the Fund for Women Artists and Enchanted Circle Theatre.