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Fantastic Reimaginings: Readings and Discussion

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Meet three women writers whose talents go far beyond the page and into singing/songwriting, carpentry and the study of dead languages. In this talk for Speculative Boston, C.S.E. Cooney, Nina MacLaughlin and Sonya Taaffe discuss what it means to reimagine fantasy fiction. Image: William Etty (1787–1849), The Sirens and Ulysses (c 1837), oil on canvas, 297 x 442.5 cm, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England. Wikimedia Commons.

**C.S.E. Cooney** is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning _Bone Swans: Stories_. She is also an audiobook narrator and the singer/songwriter Brimstone Rhine. Her work includes Tor.com novella Desdemona and the Deep, three albums: Alecto! Alecto!, The Headless Bride, and Corbeau Blanc, Corbeau Noir, and a poetry collection: How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, which features her Rhysling Award-winning “The Sea King’s Second Bride.” Her short fiction can be found in Ellen Datlow’s Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Sword and Sonnet anthology, Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and elsewhere.
**Sonya Taaffe** reads dead languages and tells living stories. Her short fiction and poetry have been collected most recently in the Lambda-nominated _Forget the Sleepless Shores_ (Lethe Press) and previously in _Singing Innocence and Experience, Postcards from the Province of Hyphens, A Mayse-Bikhl,_ and _Ghost Signs_. She lives with her husband and two cats in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she writes about film for Patreon and remains proud of naming a Kuiper belt object.
Nina MacLaughlin is the author of _Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung_, a re-telling of Ovid's Metamorphoses told from the perspective of the female figures transformed, published by FSG/FSG Originals in November, 2019. Her first book was the acclaimed memoir _Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter._ Formerly an editor at the _Boston Phoenix_, MacLaughlin then worked for nine years as a carpenter, and is now a books columnist for _The Boston Globe_. Her work has appeared on or in _The Paris Review Daily,_ _The Believer, American Short Fiction,_ the _Los Angeles Review of Books,_ _The Wall Street Journal, Meatpaper,_ and elsewhere. She carves spoons and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.