Nisi Shawl







Filter House




Cover for Filter House, by Nisi Shawl

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Cover for Detroit Noir

Cover for Dark Matter

Cover for Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #19

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More about Everfair


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

For a sneak peek at Everfair, click here.


Speeches and Lectures

“With Our Hearts” at Readerfest in Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA, September 9, 2017

“Genius Communitas” at University of Alabama Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, October 17, 2017

Readings, Panels, and Interviews

“Race, Gender, and Representation in Steampunk,” panel, Readerfest in Magnuson Park, Seattle, WA, September 9, 2017

Reading, Dogfish, New Orleans, LA, September 21, 2017

Reading, Fall Convergence 2017, University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA, September 30, 2017

Reading, Two-Hour Transport at Café Racer, Seattle, WA, October 24, 2017

Classes and Workshops

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

“Healing Histories,” Delridge Branch, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA, 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017

“Healing Histories,” Greenlake Branch, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA, 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017

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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