Nisi Shawl







Filter House




Cover for Filter House, by Nisi Shawl

Cover for Writing the Other

Cover for Detroit Noir

Cover for Dark Matter

Cover for Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #19

Something More

Use the button below to help me buy eyeglasses (current pair is over 7 years old), shoes (ditto), a discounted gym membership, and other necessities.

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More about Everfair


On Sunday morning, September 23, June Rosilee Jackson Rickman Cotton breathed her last breath.  A shining star of a woman, June was a vital focus of any and every community she joined.  We will gather together at two memorial services in her honor: Sunday, October 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 Holly at the intersection of Holly and Rainier); and Thursday, November 1 at a time to be determined at Bible Baptist Church (1700 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo MI).

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to defray the costs of those services and associated expenses such as cremation and family travel.  Please visit, and thank you for helping us celebrate the life of a truly remarkable woman.


Nisi's debut novel Everfair, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award.
The trade paperback edition of Everfair came out September 26th.

For a sneak peek at Everfair, click here.


Nisi's essay, "A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction", is available here.


Classes and Workshops

For current online Writing the Other classes and workshops, please visit


Other Notes

Can you help me go take care of my seriously ill mom again?

Nisi has an article in Ambling Along the Aqueduct titled A Year of Comfort and Discomfort.

Nisi did a reading, participated in several panels, and taught a workshop at the Arisia science fiction convention in January, 2015. For more information, visit


Nisi Shawl’s blog is here.

Nisi's essay "I Hear a Different Frontier" is online at The Future Fire editor's blog.

Nisi has appeared as a guest blogger for The Angry Black Woman.

Nisi has appeared as a guest blogger for Monica Legatt at the Seattle Acupuncture Blog.


Filter House


Selected Appearances, 2010 through 2015




Recent Work


Nisi’s monthly column for the Seattle Review of Books, The Future Alternative Past, can be found here.

Nisi’s monthly column for, Expanded Course in the History of Black Science Fiction, can be found here.




Selected Reviews and Interviews

Nisi regularly writes about books for The Seattle Times, and also contributes frequently to Ms. Magazine, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, The Washington Post, Seattle Review of Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  Below are a few examples of her recent book reportage.




How to Tell a True Story


Cover for Writing the OtherWriting the Other®

Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward’s Writing the Other: A Practical Guide, the companion book to the Writing the Other workshop.

Writing the Other is available directly from Aqueduct Press.

Writing the Other® is a Registered Trademark of Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward.



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