April 24th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday,  April 24th.

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 7:50 pm
  • Invited readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Bios

Mitchell Shanklin lives in Seattle and enjoys writing stories with either magic or made-up science or both. He also writes code for companies (and sometimes for himself). In his free time he plays video, board and mind games, reads, runs, and has rambling philosophical arguments. (No, not all at the same time. Yet).

He is a proud member of Team Arsenic, the bisexual community, the “very, very casual” branch of the Green Bay Packer fan community and the Dreamcrashers. His fiction has been published in Unidentified Funny Objects.

 
Shiv Ramdas is an Indian speculative fiction writer. He has written short stories, radio scripts and plays, advertisements,numerous resignation letters and in between all of these, a science fiction novel, Domechild (Penguin-Random House, 2013). His short fiction has appeared in Fireside and Giganotosaurus. He is a graduate of the 2016 Clarion West Writers Workshop.

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April 10th Reading – Works In Progress

Join us for our new event, “Two Hour Transport – Works in Progress.” We are experimenting with adding a second night of readings per month with a more informal feel and slightly different format. At this open-mic reading we provide optional individual feedback along with a post-reading discussion.

More Info

We’d love to hear what you’re working on now, works that are partially completed, or newly finished. What direction are you going in now? That said, we won’t limit our new event to just-new work, feel free to bring anything you’d like to share with our audience.

Our post-reading facilitated discussion session will focus on craft. Character, voice, tone, plot, beginnings and endings, use of language, and other craft elements will be discussed as illustrated through the works read. For those who are interested in individual feedback, we will also provide a method for receiving comments on your work. A note about length: plan on about 5-10 minutes of reading time, depending on number of participants. That would be about 2-5 pages of standard double-space 12-point font text. Feel free to bring a few printouts of your work to facilitate individual feedback, if desired.

TIMING:
– 6:30 pm gathering
– 7:00 pm Open Mic
– 8:30 pm Post-reading discussion (facilitated)

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March 27th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday,  March 27th.

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 7:50 pm
  • Invited readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Bios

Eva L. Elasigue combines an honor-awarded imagination with scientific & empirical backgrounds to create the fantasy space opera trilogy Bones of Starlight, which continues in recent novel release, Book 2: Abyss Surrounding. Eva L. Elasigue has spoken on topics, won awards, and introduced innovative events to cultural communities worldwide. She has also produced short story, stage work, and poetry. Backgrounds in plant science, commercial journalism, small farming, natural building, and community arts. A mixed-media artist and renaissance woman, she loves music and the wilderness, and lives with her dog Spirit on San Juan Island, WA. Filipina-Irish-American, Queer, Cascadian.

Patrick Hurley attended the Taos Toolbox Writers Workshop in 2017. In 2018 he was one of the finalists for the Baen Fantasy Award. Patrick has had fiction published in Galaxy’s Edge, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, Flame Tree Publishing, Mad Scientist Journal, Abyss & Apex, Stupefying Stories, and The Drabblecast. He is a member of SFWA, STEW, Codex, and the Dreamcrashers.

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March 13th Reading – Works In Progress

Join us for our new event, “Two Hour Transport – Works in Progress.” We are experimenting with adding a second night of readings per month with a more informal feel and slightly different format. At this open-mic reading we provide optional individual feedback along with a post-reading discussion.

More Info

We’d love to hear what you’re working on now, works that are partially completed, or newly finished. What direction are you going in now? That said, we won’t limit our new event to just-new work, feel free to bring anything you’d like to share with our audience.

Our post-reading facilitated discussion session will focus on craft. Character, voice, tone, plot, beginnings and endings, use of language, and other craft elements will be discussed as illustrated through the works read. For those who are interested in individual feedback, we will also provide a method for receiving comments on your work. A note about length: plan on about 5-10 minutes of reading time, depending on number of participants. That would be about 2-5 pages of standard double-space 12-point font text. Feel free to bring a few printouts of your work to facilitate individual feedback, if desired.

TIMING:
– 6:30 pm gathering
– 7:00 pm Open Mic
– 8:30 pm Post-reading discussion (facilitated)

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February 27th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday,  February 27th.

 

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 7:50 pm
  • Invited readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Bios
Tegan Moore is a speculative fiction writer, professional dog trainer and Clarion West graduate. Some of her proudest accomplishments include serving a very nice risotto made with mushrooms she found in the woods and not killing anyone with it, teaching her dog to recycle, and being called “very weird” by Eileen Gunn. In addition to previous publications, her work is forthcoming in Asimov’s, Tor.com and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

And, tonight we will hear short excerpts from co-curators Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker:

Nicole Bade  crawled out of a page, one day, to find themselves in a bustling city. They have been trying to make sense of their situation ever since. When they’re not trying to read and write their way home, they make sporadic attempts at publishing and lead writing workshops for visual artists. Nicole has an MFAW from Goddard College.

Theresa J. Barker has always longed to live in other worlds, which she accomplishes through her writing. Theresa completed her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2015. In her “other life,” Theresa has a Ph.D. in Engineering, and she enjoys solving mathematical puzzles for fun. Theresa writes literary and science fiction.

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February 13th Reading – Works In Progress

Join us for our new event, “Two Hour Transport – Works in Progress.” We are experimenting with adding a second night of readings per month with a more informal feel and slightly different format. At this open-mic reading we provide optional individual feedback along with a post-reading discussion.

More Info

We’d love to hear what you’re working on now, works that are partially completed, or newly finished. What direction are you going in now? That said, we won’t limit our new event to just-new work, feel free to bring anything you’d like to share with our audience.

Our post-reading facilitated discussion session will focus on craft. Character, voice, tone, plot, beginnings and endings, use of language, and other craft elements will be discussed as illustrated through the works read. For those who are interested in individual feedback, we will also provide a method for receiving comments on your work. A note about length: plan on about 5-10 minutes of reading time, depending on number of participants. That would be about 2-5 pages of standard double-space 12-point font text. Feel free to bring a few printouts of your work to facilitate individual feedback, if desired.

TIMING:
– 6:30 pm gathering
– 7:00 pm Open Mic
– 8:30 pm Post-reading discussion (facilitated)

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January 30th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, January 30th.

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 7:50 pm
  • Invited readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Bios

Oscar McNary’s work has appeared in Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology V, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest. He has written three poetry chapbooks, and he has a story forthcoming in Two Hour Transport’s very own anthology.

Keyan Bowes is a peripatetic writer of science fiction and fantasy based in San Francisco.  She has lived in nine cities in seven countries, and visited many others (and still hopes to add more to the list). They sometimes form the settings for her stories. She’s published around thirty short stories and poems, sometime more than once. Her work can be found online in various webzines (including a Polish one), a podcast, and an award-winning short film; and on paper in a dozen print anthologies. She attended the Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers, and is a member of SFWA.  Keyan’s website is atwww.keyanbowes.org

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New event! January 9th Reading – Works In Progress

We are proud and excited to announce our new event, “Two Hour Transport – Works in Progress”! This event is an extension of our long-time open mic and featured reader event Two Hour Transport. We have been welcomed by our venue, Café Racer, and encouraged to add a second night of readings per month. In January we will be experimenting with a new event that features all open-mic reading with a post-reading discussion.

More Info

We’d love to hear what you’re working on now, works that are partially completed, or newly finished. What direction are you going in now? That said, we won’t limit our new event to just-new work, feel free to bring anything you’d like to share with our audience.

There will also be a post-reading facilitated discussion session. We’re planning on the focus of the discussion to be on “lessons learned.” So, thinking about the works that are read, what are some of the themes, what stood out for you, what inspired you in their reading, what might you have learned about technique or content or approach or method from other authors’ works. For those who are interested in individual feedback, we will also experiment with a method for providing audience response to specific pieces. A note about length: plan on about 5-10 minutes of reading time, depending on number of participants. That would be about 2-5 pages of standard double-space 12-point font text.

TIMING:
– 6:30 pm gathering
– 7:00 pm Open Mic
– 8:30 pm Post-reading discussion (facilitated)

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December 26th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, December 26th.

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 9:00 pm

During the holidays we hold an all open-mic edition of Two Hour Transport.  Here are a few holiday prompts to get you started:

  • “It was just for one night, but it was Christmas, after all . . .
  • “He didn’t reply, and immediately she thought : they’ve got Santa and now they’re coming for me…”
  • “When she opened the door, she wished . . .”
  • “The whole family had been cursed since that Christmas back in . . . ”

You don’t need to use any of the prompts for your story, they’re just there to get your mind turning!

 

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November 28th Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, November 28th.

  • Signups start at 6:30 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:00 – 9:00 pm

During the holidays we hold an all open-mic edition of Two Hour Transport.  Here are a few holiday prompts to get you started:

  • “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” (Oscar Wilde) Write about a family that does unforgivable things . . . or that never forgives . . . or that exacts a specific cost for forgiveness . . . in space?
  • “But she couldn’t keep her eyes of the turkey knife…”
  • “Alas, there were no cranberries in space…”
  • “When you’re only thankful for the stars in the sky…”

You don’t need to use any of the prompts for your story, they’re just there to get your mind turning!