Cal State LA to honor women sci-fi and fantasy writers at May 12-14 celebration

Eagle-Con 2016 will explore gender, identity and expression in sci-fi, fantasy


Los Angeles, CA  -- Cal State LA will honor sci-fi and fantasy creators Tananarive Due and Natalie Chaidez during Eagle-Con,  a celebration of science fiction, fantasy, speculative media, and comic books.


The theme of Eagle-Con 2016 is “Pushing Boundaries: Gender, Identity, Expression.” The event  will be held May 12-14, 2016 on the campus of Cal State LA.


Due is a producer and award-winning author of The Living Blood and Ghost Summer. Chaidez is the writer and producer of Heroes, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Hunters.


“Tananarive Due and Natalie Chaidez are exceptional writers and professionals. Throughout their careers they have developed powerful, complex, and dynamic women characters who inhabit fascinating worlds. Their work and accomplishments truly exemplify this year’s theme,” said Cal State LA Professor Patrick Sharp, Eagle-Con’s faculty director.


Due will be presented the inaugural Eagle-Con Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room. The award is inspired by the late Octavia E. Butler, who was a pioneering science fiction writer, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, and an alumna of Cal State LA. She died in 2006.


As part of the event’s culminating program, Chaidez will receive the Eagle-Con Prism Award on May 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room. The Prism Award recognizes artists who create futuristic worlds that are culturally and ethnically diverse.


Eagle-Con 2016 at Cal State LA will bring together science fiction, fantasy, comic books, literature, and film and television to explore issues of identity and representation from cultural and academic perspectives. The event is supported by the Art Directors Guild and the Costume Designers Guild.


More about Tananarive Due

A recipient of the American Book Award and NAACP Image Award, Due has authored 12 novels and a civil rights memoir. Her novella, “Ghost Summer,” published in the 2008 anthology The Ancestors, received the 2008 Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society. She is a leading voice in black speculative fiction. In 2013, Due co-produced a short film, Danger Word, which was nominated for Best Narrative Short at the BronzeLens and Pan African film festivals. She also co-wrote the short, which was based on her co-authored novel, Devil’s Wake. As a screenwriter, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America.


Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College, where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and journalism. In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. In 2004, Due received the “New Voice in Literature Award” at the Yari Yari Pamberi Conference. Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England.


More about Natalie Chaidez

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chaidez is the executive producer of 12 Monkeys and Hunters, a series for Gale Anne Hurd/SyFy. Best known for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Heroes, Chaidez is currently the only Latina working as a showrunner in U.S. television. Heroes has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Primetime Emmy. She has also written for the shows New York Undercover, Judging Amy, and Skin, all of which she has also produced. In 2008, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for writing The Fix.


Chaidez is known for her edgy female characters, hard-hitting action and genre-pushing story-telling. Her parents’ jail time and heroin addiction shaped a voice that is dark, infused with compassion and fascinated with exploring a world just beyond our own. After graduating from UCLA film school, she was a participant in the prestigious Disney Writers' Fellowship. In her spare time, she takes to the track as a member of California’s premiere roller derby league, L.A. Derby Dolls.

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May 05, 2016