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Dispatches from Anarres: Tales in Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin

Sat, November 13 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Named for the anarchist utopia in Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Dispossessed, Dispatches from Anarres embodies the anarchic spirit of Le Guin’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, while paying tribute to her enduring vision. Featuring contributors Jason Arias, Rene Denfeld, Juhea Kim, and Jesse Kwak with moderator Arwen Spicer.

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ABOUT Dispatches from Anarres

In stories that range from fantasy to sci fi to realism, some of Portland’s most vital voices have come together to celebrate Le Guin’s lasting legacy and influence on that most subversive of human faculties: the imagination. Fonda Lee’s “Old Souls” explores the role of violence and redemption across time and space; Rachael K. Jones’s “The Night Bazaar for Women Turning into Reptiles” touches on gender oppression and a woman’s right to choose; Molly Gloss’s “Wenonah’s Gift” imagines coming-of-age in a post-collapse culture determined to avoid past wrongs; and Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Neuron” reveals that fairy tales may, in fact, be the best way to understand the paradoxes of science. Other contributors include Curtis Chen, Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher, Juhea Kim, Tina Connolly, David D. Levine, Leni Zumas, Rene Denfeld, and Michelle Ruiz Keil, with a foreword by David Naimon, co-author (with Le Guin) of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing.

“Dispatches from Anarres is what happens when a bunch of brilliant writers come together to pay tribute to a singular literary giant. This polyphony of voices from real and imagined worlds is thrilling, affecting, and, like Le Guin herself, appropriately confrontational when necessary—it’s an anthology that is timely, audacious, and teeming with style.”
—Kimberley King Parsons, author of Blacklight

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Jason Arias

Jason Arias currently lives on the Oregon coast. His debut short story collection, Momentary Illumination of Objects In Motion, was published in 2018 by Black Bomb Books. Jason’s stories and essays have appeared in The Nashville ReviewOregon Humanities Magazine, Harpur Palate, Lidia Yuknavitch’s TED Book: The Misfit’s Manifesto, as well as multiple magazines and anthologies. He is featured in the anthology Dispatches from Anarres: Tales of Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and death row investigator living in Portland, Oregon. She is the bestselling author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize and received the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger in France. Her most recent book is The Butterfly Girl. She has written for many publications, including The New York TimesWashington Post, and the Oregonian. In 2017 the New York Times named her a Hero of the Year for her justice work. She is featured in the anthology Dispatches from Anarres: Tales of Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Juhea Kim

Juhea Kim is a writer, artist, and advocate based in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has been published in Granta, Slice, Zyzzyva, Guernica, Catapult, The Independent, and elsewhere. She is the founder and editor of Peaceful Dumpling, an online magazine at the intersection of sustainable lifestyle and ecological literature. She earned her BA in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. Her debut novel, Beasts of a Little Land will be published by Ecco in December 2021 and around the world in 2022. She is featured in the anthology Dispatches from Anarres: Tales of Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Jessie Kwak

Jessie Kwak has always lived in imaginary lands, from Arrakis and Ankh-Morpork to Earthsea, Tatooine, and now Portland, Oregon. As a writer, she sends readers on their own journeys to immersive worlds filled with fascinating characters, gunfights, explosions, and dinner parties. When she’s not raving about her latest favorite sci-fi series to her friends, she can be found sewing, mountain biking, or out exploring new worlds both at home and abroad. She is the author of supernatural thriller From Earth and Bone, the Bulari Saga series of gangster sci-fi novels, and productivity guide From Chaos to Creativity. She is featured in the anthology Dispatches from Anarres: Tales of Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is from Sonoma Mountain in California, and holds a PhD in English literature and a BS in biology. This interdisciplinary background informs her interest in science fiction, as a reader, scholar, and writer. Her doctoral work focused on evolution and ecology in utopian science fiction, touching on the works of H. G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Octavia Butler, among others. In more recent scholarship, she has focused on climate change, the Anthropocene, and indigeneity in science fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Spoon Knife 4: A Neurodivergent Guide to Space TimeChallenging Destiny, and the Fabled Collective anthology Women of the Woods.

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