The 10th Anniversary of the Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcomeErik Amundsen, C. S. E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, and Julia Rios, authors and poets of the fantastic on Monday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. This program honors the memory of local science fiction and fantasy fan and writer Jim Lafayette with appearances by authors of the genre. Norwich native Faye Ringel, Ph.D., retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will facilitate the program. The participants will read – and sing- their own works and answer questions about poetry in these genres.
Erik Amundsen is a Connecticut resident. His poetry and prose have appeared in Strange Horizons and other journals. Two of his poems have been nominated for the 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association Rhysling Award.
C. S. E. Cooney of Westerly, RI, was a previous Lafayette Memorial lecturer. An audiobook narrator, she has won the World Fantasy Award for Collected Fiction for Bone Swans: Stories (Mythic Delirium 2015). Her poetry collection How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes features Rhysling Award-winning “The Sea King’s Second Bride.” She also composes and records as Brimstone Rhine and she will sing several of her compositions at the June 26th program.
Carlos Hernandez of Queens, NY is the author of over 30 works of fiction, poetry, prose, and drama. An Associate Professor at the City University of New York, he teaches English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and is a member of the doctoral faculty at The CUNY Graduate Center.
Julia Rios of Boston, MA is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in many journals. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015 and is currently the poetry and reprints editor for Uncanny Magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the latest books by these authors/poets will be available for sale and signing. For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.