Fantastic Intersections: The Speculative in Prose, Poetry & Film

Event Date:

October 30, 2021

Event Time (Pacific):

11:00 am


What is speculative poetry? Is there more to sci-fi and fantasy filmmaking than blockbuster comic book movies? How do modern interpretations of traditional speculative genres speak to new audiences? 

Across mediums, elements of horror, science fiction, and fantasy unfurl in thought-provoking and innovative ways. Through a combination of readings and conversation, three Clarion West instructors explore the ways in which poetry, prose, and film use the known features of speculative genres to tell unique stories and build new worlds. 


Eden Royce is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. She’s a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, and her short fiction can be found in various print and online publications including: FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Nightmare Magazine, and PseudoPod. Her debut middle grade Southern Gothic novel Root Magic is available now from Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins. Find her online at

A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and the acting CEO of Seattle- and Vancouver-based fantasy film production company Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. Her short films have screened in worldwide festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), HollyShorts, and ARTS x SDGS (the festival connecting artists with the UN and NGOs to create social change globally). Her work has been further honored with the Best Film award at Seattle Black Film Festival and with distribution on DirecTV, Amazon Prime, PBS, and Alaska Airlines In Flight. Before filmmaking, she owned and ran a marketing agency with a nine-person staff. Since selling her agency, her career goal has been to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. Nicole is currently a writer/director for the award-winning fantasy webseries, STROWLERS; a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and for Destiny City Film Festival; and a lecturer for the University of Virginia, Clarion West, SIFF, and Women in Film.

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill and Quire, and Strange Horizons, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Elgin Award and Best of the Net. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. Terese has also volunteered with several poetry reading series and facilitated creative writing workshops. She is the author of the chapbooks Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


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