Nalo Hopkinson’s note to anthology editors re: diversifying the pot

The venerable Nalo Hopkinson has voiced in on creating an anthology of a diverse stable of voices.

Because after centuries of exclusion and telling us we’re not good enough, an unlocked door is doing jack shit to let us know that anything’s changed. Most of us will continue to step around it and keep walking, thank you very much.

So make up your mind that you’re going to have to do a bit of work, some outreach. It’s fun work, and the results are rewarding.

Do read it all.

EDIT: And when you’re done, do hop on over to N.K.Jemisin’s “To anthology editors, a corollary”. Good food for thought.


I will be on a panel on diversity in SF/F presented by the Friends of the Merril

The Friends of the Merril present a roundtable discussion on “Diversity in SF/F”, a wide-ranging roundtable about diversity in the Canadian and North American literary and speculative fiction field, inclusiveness, their various forms, and what works and what doesn’t.

The discussion will be moderated by Léonicka Valcius and panelists will include Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, E.L. Chen, Malon Edwards, and Tonya Liburd.

The event will be held in the basement auditorium of the Lillian H. Smith Library at 239 College Street, on Saturday, Sept. 27th starting at 7 PM.

The event is free and all are welcome!