I have grown from extreme stage fright to actually looking forward to doing readings of my work, panel discussions, and (live) interviews. It turns out I’m fairly entertaining when I do them, probably because I put in so much effort into each of them just to quell my nervousness. I have always enjoyed discussing ideas with people and telling stories, so learning to be physically present for them has made the process a lot more fun. If you want me to participate in an event, I am happy to be contacted at child.without.god @ gmail.com.
In the meantime, here are some of the events and appearances I have done in the recent past.
18 March 2018: NYFA IAP Event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ)
I spoke in front of an audience of the first Newark cohort of the Immigrant Artists’ Mentoring Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, along with musician Andrew Egbuchiem and multimedia artist and poet Zelene Piñeda.
29 September 2017: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
In association with the New York Foundation for the Arts, Iranian author Poupeh Missaghi and I talked about publishing, politics, censorship, immigration, and read from excerpts of our works.
27 June 2017: The Surreal Symphony of Zak Zyz (Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers)
A really long live roundtable with writers Rob Cameron, Marcus Tsong and podcaster Zak Zyz, in which we discuss monsters and politics in speculative fiction. Originally aired live, and later put on YouTube.
22 June 2017: Book Riot
Deya Bhattacharya of Book Riot interviews Senior Editor Alexandra Pierce and me about Luminescent Threads.
8 June 2017: Winx & Ink
A YouTube “bookish interview” by Winx Goll, in which she talks to Alexandra Pierce and me about Luminescent Thread.
19 May 2017: Rutgers–Camden MFA Graduation Reading (Philadelphia, PA)
I read a new flash story set in the same universe as my story “And the Final Frontier is Heaven.”
27–30 October: World Fantasy Convention 2016 (Columbus, OH)
I read a short story excerpt from Other People at a solo reading, and participated in three panel discussions at the World Fantasy Convention 2016.
21 September 2016: Chasing Windmills Reading Series (Philadelphia, PA)
I read a new flash story at this bimonthly reading series, my first public reading in the United States.