FIYAHCON & Clarion West present: Building Black Inclusive Worlds

Wednesday, September 23
1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT

Building Black Inclusive Worlds

A panel in partnership with FIYAHCON
Fantasy and science fiction often include worlds inspired by real-life cultures. Even though these genres should be imagining new ways forward, too many times drawing upon the cultural experiences of others has created harm and frustration amongst the groups most in need of SFF’s transformative power. Identities are mined to create an easily codified other, and the diversity within these groups is potently erased. For Black people especially, the idea of a monolithic identity is a concept constantly railed against. How can these fantastic worlds do a better job of including the full spectrum of Blackness?

This event is free and will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel.


FIYAHCON is a virtual convention hosted by FIYAH Literary Magazine. The inaugural event takes place October 17-18, 2020, and will host a variety of entertaining and educational content surrounding the business, craft, and community of speculative literature. Where the magazine is focused specifically on the elevation of Black voices in short speculative fiction, FIYAHCON seeks to center the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The reasoning is that Black voices are not the least represented in the field, and we don’t want to exclude groups who are already systemically excluded from other spaces. Our mission is to elevate those creatives who have not been given the space in genre they deserve–a place to flourish.