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calling all writers of color


I was recently contacted about this amazing anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, seeking materials “by, for, and/or about persons of color.” Genres they’re interested in include (but are not limited to): science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, weird fiction, and speculative fiction.

Anyways, please check out their website/subscribe to their mailing list, and reblog/pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested!

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Librarian Wardrobe: Call for Papers!



Librarian Wardrobe is putting together a book on librarian style, stereotypes, and image, and we want you to contribute your research.

Perceptions of librarians is the current zeitgeist in the library community. Hipster librarians have become a common human interest piece in the news, sexy librarians are pervasive, and reactions are mixed. The topic of librarian stereotypes and the portrayal of librarians in the media cycles through the professional discourse, yet there is little scholarly examination of the material effect of these portrayals. Likewise, although we assume users do have certain perceptions of librarians, we don’t always know what really comprises those ideas and how they impact library use, interaction with librarians, and ability and willingness to engage with information literacy.

The mostly user-submitted blog, Librarian Wardrobe, has been documenting what librarians wear to work since 2010, and through this challenges stereotypes to show librarians as not always fitting into what the public might assume an information professional looks like. The blog’s popularity generated enthusiasm for a standing-room-only Librarian Wardrobe Conversation Starter on perceptions of librarians at ALA Annual 2012. Based on that great success, a webinar was later offered through ALA TechSource, for which over 300 people registered to participate. This is clearly a hot topic. Nicole Pagowsky, the creator of Librarian Wardrobe (and editor of this collection), has been invited to give presentations and serve on conference panels on topics related to the blog. She continues the conversation within Librarian Wardrobe as well through interviews and other mediated posts. Miriam Rigby (editor) served as moderator for the Librarian Wardrobe conversation starter and has a background in cultural anthropology. Though the blog is a good visual medium for exploring perceptions, stereotypes, and current style, we would like to go beyond images and interviews to more in-depth research to cover these topics.

Edit: see our full CFP here:, or for the PDF version, go to:

Submission procedure

Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words and a short author’s statement to libwardrobebook@gmail.comby February 1, 2013, with notification by April. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due August 1, 2013.

Note: this initial stage just requires a 500 word or less description, so just planning out your article now is fine.

Nicole Pagowsky, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Arizona,
Miriam Rigby, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Oregon,

I woud love to see people write about how race, gender expression,  class and cultural competency can collide with “professional attire.”  For instance, I heard people talk about how corn rows on men are an “obvious sign someone is a criminal’ and shouldn’t be worn to work.   I would like to hear from people whose gender expression doesn’t match the gender on their state ID. I suspect butchy women are likely to considered professional while fey femmey men wouldn’t be.

Looking forward to the papers

Call for Papers: Ithaca NY conference on females in SFF

Pippi to Ripley: The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction

May 4-5, 2013
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

Keynote speaker: Tamora Pierce

The first day, Friday, May 4 features panel discussions on using Children’s and YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, Graphic Novels/Comics and films in classroom, libraries and community events. There will also be Fantasy and Science Fiction creative workshops and academic panels for middle and high school students. We invite librarians, middle school and high school teachers, reading specialists and teacher educators to send 300-500 word presentation proposals on teaching or programming with Fantasy and Science Fiction texts to Elizabeth Bleicher ( by January 15, 2013.

The second day, Saturday, May 5 is an academic conference featuring presentations of papers submitted individually and assembled into panels by topic. We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of female representation within an imaginative context, including but not limited to:

  • Child-heroines in folktales from multiple cultures.
  • The evolution of characters such as Buffy (The Vampire Slayer), Cat Woman, and Red Sonja as they are presented in television, film, graphic novels/comics, or literature.
  • Female characters in video games such as Tomb Raider, Metroid, and Mass Effect.
  • Female characters featured in Shonen and Shojo manga as well as other images of female characters in anime films and television.
  • Robot, cyborg, and psychically-enhanced girls and women.
  • Female heroes and villains in comic books and graphic novels.
  • YA heroines in the works of Madeleine L’Engle, Tamora Pierce, and Suzanne Collins.
  • Depictions of goddesses, Amazons, and fierce female entities from western and non-western traditions.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by January 15, 2013, to Katharine Kittredge (

Pippi to Ripley is intended to foster intellectual engagement between the college community and local students, teachers, writers, readers and artists; and to provide an affordable venue for undergraduates, graduate students and professors to present their work. Towards these ends, the presenter’s registration fee is $35; all other participants are invited to attend for free. Direct questions to Katharine Kittredge,



So, like, if you speak any African language and can write poetry in it you might want to check this out:

If you need special letters to write the poem, google Kasahorow keyboard.

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