Two Hour Transport Virtual Reading Dates for 2020

Two Hour Transport is a monthly reading event, with an hour of 5-minute open-mic readings, followed by two 25-minute readings from different invited Featured Readers each month. Participation is free, and until covid is conquered, on Zoom.

The show always starts at 7:00 pm Seattle time. If you would like to read at the open mic, please show up between 6:30 pm and 6:55 pm to get your name on the list!

Wednesday, September 23rd: Featuring Derek Fetters & Oscar McNary

Wednesday, October 28th: Featuring Joanne Rixon & Elizabeth Scarborough

Wednesday, November 24th: All Open Mic Readings. Prompts will be posted the month before for anyone interested in using them. Prompts are fun, not mandatory.

Wednesday, December 23rd: All Open Mic Readings. Prompts will be posted the month before for anyone interested in using them. Prompts are fun, not mandatory.

See announcements below for reading specifics. We generally post one week before the event!

Two Hour Transport: A Reading Inspired By Works In Progress, Friday, October 9th

In this time of social isolation we’re exploring the idea of a second Two Hour Transport gathering this month.  Join us, Friday, October 9th, 6:45-9:00 pm, on Zoom.

In the spirit of Two Hour Transport: Works In Progress, please bring a piece you are currently workshopping. Readers will present their work and get an opportunity for informal feedback following their reading. If you don’t have work to read, feel free to come as part of the audience.

Meeting Invite: https://zoom.us/j/95150571910?pwd=OVR3OGZ5ODQxanpvaW9XNlowbk4xdz09

Schedule:

  • 6:45 pm signup
  • 7:00 pm readings

TWO HOUR TRANSPORT VIRTUAL READING EVENT – Wednesday, September 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm

Two Hour Transport will host our SEVENTH EVER online reading event, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 23rd, at the usual Two Hour Transport time. Our featured readers will be Derek Fetters  and Oscar McNary.  Although we will not be together in person, we will be present with each other, warmly, by video or phone through Zoom. Join us!

Bring yourself, and any food or beverages that you’d like, and join us ONLINE for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading. All the usual components of the event will be in place: open mic sign-ups, open mic readings, and invited readers.

– Just click on the link below (following the schedule). Don’t forget you can join by phone in the absence of computer access; instructions below.

– This is a virtual gathering due to the constraints around the COVID-19 virus response, and in consideration of keeping everyone safe.

– If you don’t have computer access, feel free to join us by phone! Dialing information below.

SCHEDULE

– Open Mic Signups Start at 6:30 pm
– Five-Minute Open Mic Readings 7:00 – 7:50 pm
– Invited Readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm

INTERNET LINK AND DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS

– Meeting invite: https://zoom.us/j/97898725249?pwd=VzhIVmpaSWZnVjNGalFleFRua1NrQT09


– Connect by phone: +12532158782 Meeting ID: 978 9872 5249 #
– Meeting password: 018184

READER BIOS

Derek Fetters is an author, poet, gamer, and all-around blerd (a portmanteau of black and nerd, if you didn’t know).

He’s been a fiction editor for Glyph, a magazine of comics and prose. He was a developer for Weapons of the Gods, a kung fu fantasy role-playing game. And he was the co-author and director of audio-drama’s only Lovecraftian soap opera: The Unspeakable and the Inhuman.

He has plans to develop several adventure novels that span the history of the black diaspora. Currently he’s working on ideas for a review of Lovecraft Country (the book and the HBO series) as well as an essay on the contradictions of growing up as an African-American fan of H.P. Lovecraft .

 He lives in Seattle. The Seven Samurai and Blazing Saddles tie for first place as his favorite movies.

Oscar McNary writes clockwork creatures. You may hear the click-clack of machinery in the pages of his stories. You’ll wonder, “Am I being watched?” By the time you look up, it will be too late. Oscar’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Murder Park after Dark; Dark Moon Digest, the Twenty Minute Transport podcast; Two Hour Transport Anthology 2019; and the Lambda Literary Award Finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology V. Oscar’s poems are collected in three chapbooks. He founded and facilitated the all-trans writing group, Trans Writes! 2010-2011. Oscar co-created the short film, “Robin Hood is So Gay,” which screened at the Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco trans film festivals. He is a proud Dreamcrasher.

Two Hour Transport: A Reading Inspired By Works In Progress, Friday, September 11th

In this time of social isolation we’re exploring the idea of a second Two Hour Transport gathering this month.  Join us, Friday, September 11th, 6:45-9:00 pm, on Zoom.

In the spirit of Two Hour Transport: Works In Progress, please bring a piece you are currently workshopping. Readers will present their work and get an opportunity for informal feedback following their reading. If you don’t have work to read, feel free to come as part of the audience.

Meeting Invite: https://zoom.us/j/94696007320?pwd=eFRWWGk4TzV3cFRXSFhtQ0dIUlppUT09

Schedule:

  • 6:45 pm signup
  • 7:00 pm readings

TWO HOUR TRANSPORT VIRTUAL READING EVENT – Wednesday, August 26th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Two Hour Transport will host our SIXTH EVER online reading event, via Zoom, on Wednesday, August 26th, at the usual Two Hour Transport time. Our featured readers will be Nisi Shawl and the Hugo-nauts (Shane Patrick White, Rossella Conti, Amanda Myre, Perry Kent, Steph Kwiatkowski, and Douglas Rudoff).  Although we will not be together in person, we will be present with each other, warmly, by video or phone through Zoom. Join us!

Bring yourself, and any food or beverages that you’d like, and join us ONLINE for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading. All the usual components of the event will be in place: open mic sign-ups, open mic readings, and invited readers.

– Just click on the link below (following the schedule). Don’t forget you can join by phone in the absence of computer access; instructions below.

– This is a virtual gathering due to the constraints around the COVID-19 virus response, and in consideration of keeping everyone safe.

– If you don’t have computer access, feel free to join us by phone! Dialing information below.

SCHEDULE

– Open Mic Signups Start at 6:30 pm
– Five-Minute Open Mic Readings 7:00 – 7:50 pm
– Invited Readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm

INTERNET LINK AND DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS

– Meeting invite: https://zoom.us/j/93992623640?pwd=SkR1WHlENlU4bU8rS3VPdk1TcE1pUT09
– Connect by phone: +12532158782 Meeting ID: 939 9262 3640 #
– Meeting password: 951038

READER BIOS

Nisi Shawl, winner of one Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award and two Locus Awards, wrote the 2016 Nebula Award finalist Everfair (Tor) and the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning collection Filter House (Aqueduct).  Their stories also comprise the contents of PM Press’s 2019 Talk like a Man and Dark Moon’s 2018 Primer to Nisi Shawl, and they have edited and co-edited numerous anthologies such as New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. In 2005 they co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.  Shawl helped found the Carl Brandon Society, and serves on the board of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.  They live in Seattle and take frequent walks with their cat.

Hugo-nauts bios

Shane Patrick White has worked as an author and artist in the comic, video game, and film industries for the past 20+ years. He has written short stories for Amazon Rapids, the Amazon kids educational group, as well as three graphic novels which he also illustrated. Shane spends much of his time writing, painting, and creating videos for The Process, his popular art channel.

Rossella Conti is an Italian writer perpetually living abroad.  She has worked as a model agent, an advertising copywriter, and a rapper in a hip-hop group. She has lived in Japan, Indonesia, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Spain, from whence she made a bid for the European Parliament. After failing in the primaries’ first round, she moved to Bainbridge Island, where she is set to remain for an indeterminate period of time, due to a lack of legal documents and a pandemic.  Her husband, three children and Dalmatian dog are her favorite excuses for not writing.

Amanda Myre won an essay contest at the zoo at age eleven, and has been hooked on writing ever since. Originally from Texas, she moved to the DC area to obtain a college education in international politics. This provided some first-class world-building inspiration, but was sadly lacking in material relating to dragons, fairies, aliens, or time travel. She now lives in Seattle with her human family, two elderly cats, and more books than she will ever find time to read.

Perry Kent is an author born, raised, and living in the greater Seattle umbrella. He became a scifi reader at a young age when he tried to escape his grandparent’s hot, dusty ranch by sticking his head in a book. He became a writer several hours later, when he attempted to write some (long lost) fanfiction involving the dragons of Pern. Formally educated in Computer Science, his creative writing education comes from books, Clarion West seminars, and classes at Hugo House. You can find him at http://www.perrykent.com, where he has some free work for you to enjoy.

Steph Kwiatkowski is an Illinois native who writes about lonely sea monsters, cake-batter pores, and sentient vending machines. Now based in Seattle, she has worked as a nonprofit administrator, a preschool teacher, and served up hundreds of lattes. Steph is a proud member of the plague year cohort, Clarion West 20-21, and you can keep an eye out for her forthcoming publications at stephkwiatkowski.com.

Douglas Rudoff lives in Seattle with his wife Margaret and his teenage son Liam. He is an intermittent short story writer, and on occasion manages to get something published, such as “Who Weeps for Chtulhu?” appearing in the Two Hour Transport Anthology.  You may have unwittingly used his work in software engineering if you ever analyzed Soviet intelligence, requested a taxi online in Paris, had your cell phone account suspended, had your power restored after Hurricane Katrina, or just wasted time on the internet.

Two Hour Transport: A Reading Inspired By Works In Progress, Friday, August 21st

In this time of social isolation we’re exploring the idea of a second Two Hour Transport gathering this month.  Join us, Friday, August 21st, 6:45-9:00 pm, on Zoom.

In the spirit of Two Hour Transport: Works In Progress, please bring a piece you are currently workshopping. Readers will present their work and get an opportunity for informal feedback following their reading. If you don’t have work to read, feel free to come as part of the audience.

Meeting Invite: https://zoom.us/j/97435201383?pwd=d2xmemFOa0RYeHplM3dTNDdUMDhLQT09

Schedule:

  • 6:45 pm signup
  • 7:00 pm readings

TWO HOUR TRANSPORT VIRTUAL READING EVENT – Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:00-9:00 pm

Two Hour Transport will host our FIFTH EVER online reading event, via Zoom, on Wednesday, July 22nd, at the usual Two Hour Transport time. Our featured readers will be Elise Stephens, Theresa J. Barker, and Nicole Bade. Although we will not be together in person, we will be present with each other, warmly, by video or phone through Zoom. Join us!

Bring yourself, and any food or beverages that you’d like, and join us ONLINE for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading. All the usual components of the event will be in place: open mic sign-ups, open mic readings, and invited readers.

– Just click on the link below (following the schedule). Don’t forget you can join by phone in the absence of computer access; instructions below.

– This is a virtual gathering due to the constraints around the COVID-19 virus response, and in consideration of keeping everyone safe.

– If you don’t have computer access, feel free to join us by phone! Dialing information below.

SCHEDULE

– Open Mic Signups Start at 6:30 pm
– Five-Minute Open Mic Readings 7:00 – 7:50 pm
– Invited Readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm

INTERNET LINK AND DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS

– Meeting invite: https://zoom.us/j/93406681562?pwd=K0EyWW9JVHhaa0c0Ym1ZVUtpaXc0QT09
– Connect by phone: +12532158782 Meeting ID: 934 0668 1562#
– Meeting password: 863050

READER BIOS

Elise Stephens was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales and Disney musicals. Early involvement in the theater left her with a taste for dramatic, high-stakes adventure while frequent international travel gave her awe and respect for foreign cultures. Her work explores themes of beauty within imperfection and finding purpose after a great loss. She holds a Creative Writing degree from the University of Washington where she was awarded the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction. She attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp in 2014 and is a 2019 Writers of the Future winner. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Writers of the Future Vol 35, Escape Pod, Stupefying Stories, and Analog. She is currently writing her fourth novel. Visit her at www.EliseStephens.com

Theresa J. Barker is a writer. She lives in Seattle, and she has family from Tucson, Colorado, and Iowa, not to mention ancestors who came to America from England and Scotland, Ireland and France, Germany and Luxembourg. She strives to channel all her ancestors’ creative imaginations into her writing to create flash fiction, short stories, novels, and Haiku. Theresa is a member of Codex, the Goddard Lighthouse Conference, and the Dreamcrashers.

Nicole Bade is a non-binary writer living in Seattle.  They are hard at work on their second novel and revisions of their first novella.  Nicole holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.  From time to time they teach writing workshops, most recently at Foolscap and Trans Pride.  They are a member of Codex and the Dreamchrashers.  Their flash fiction story “Strange Music” is forthcoming in the Winter 2021 issue of Fireside Quarterly.

TWO HOUR TRANSPORT VIRTUAL READING EVENT – Wednesday, June 24th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Two Hour Transport will host our FOURTH EVER online reading event, via Zoom, on Wednesday, June 24th, at the usual Two Hour Transport time. Our featured readers will be Patrick Hurley and Mitchell Shanklin. Although we will not be together in person, we will be present with each other, warmly, by video or phone through Zoom. Join us!

Bring yourself, and any food or beverages that you’d like, and join us ONLINE for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading. All the usual components of the event will be in place: open mic sign-ups, open mic readings, and invited readers.

– Just click on the link below (following the schedule). Don’t forget you can join by phone in the absence of computer access; instructions below.

– This is a virtual gathering due to the constraints around the COVID-19 virus response, and in consideration of keeping everyone safe.

– If you don’t have computer access, feel free to join us by phone! Dialing information below.

SCHEDULE:
– Open Mic Signups Start at 6:30 pm
– Five-Minute Open Mic Readings 7:00 – 7:50 pm
– Invited Readers 8:00 – 9:00 pm

INTERNET LINK AND DIAL-IN INSTRUCTIONS

– Meeting invite: https://zoom.us/j/92915143404?pwd=UENNNjREN2kzL2NVNjg4RlBlYlJvdz09
– Connect by phone: +12532158782 Meeting ID: 929 1514 3404#
– Meeting password: 678450

 

READER BIOS

Patrick Hurley lives and writes in Seattle. He’s had fiction published in dozens of markets, including Galaxy’s Edge, Paizo’s Pathfinder roleplaying game, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, Abyss & Apex, New Myths, and The Drabblecast. Patrick attended the 2017 Taos Toolbox Writer’s Workshop taught by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams. In 2018, he was a finalist for the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Patrick is a member of SFWA, Codex, and the Dreamcrashers. Find out more about his stories at www.patrickhurleywrites.com.

 

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, hikes, and has rambling philosophical arguments. (No, not all at the same time. Yet).

He is a proud member of Team Arsenic, the Dreamcrashers, the bisexual community, Loose Canons, and Write of Passage. His fiction has been published in Unidentified Funny Objects, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction and the Two Hour Transport Anthology.

His website is so ancient that the hosting provider is going to shut it down in November, but for now you can find him online at mitchellshanklin.com.

Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter

Systemic racism and racial inequality are embedded in our society. Black people are under threat simply because they are black. Two Hour Transport supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggle against racism and systematic oppression. We shall work towards dismantling white supremacy in Seattle and beyond.

Two Hour Transport’s vision is to foster and build an open and inclusive space for writers and their work. We are striving to reverse the institutionalized culture of racism in the speculative fiction community. We acknowledge that the publishing industry has not historically been a welcoming space for Black writers or their stories. Like the city of Seattle, our publishing community has been segregated and gentrified. In the coming months we will be developing efforts to support and encourage Black writers and diverse voices. Please stay tuned for more updates as we move forward in this vital effort.

* This statement has a permanent home on our “about” page.