Coming to NecronomiCon Providence

This year I’ll be serving as the Poet Laureate of NecronomiCon Providence. I’m very excited for this occasion because it’s been 24 years since my last visit to Rhode Island. My official schedule for the weekend will be:


2:00-3:15 PM Lovecraft in Southeast Asia – Capital Ballroom, Graduate Hotel, 2nd floor. Classic pulp-era writers looked to French Indochina and the islands of the South Pacific as mysterious and exotic settings, a source for strange artifacts and distant adventure. Leng, the Tcho-Tcho, and Shugoran were inserted into the region without consideration for local cultures and history. Unsurprisingly, fiction and gaming scenarios by Western authors often focus on the island-hopping of the Pacific War and events of the Second Indochina War. Our panelists look at the representation of SE Asian cultures in weird fiction, issues of appropriation, the adaptation and repurposing of Western lore, and the development of the weird in Southeast Asia. Panelists: Nadia Bulkin, Cassandra Khaw, Bryan Thao Worra (M)


5:00-6:15 PM Guests of Honor – Biltmore Ballroom, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor. Please join us as we introduce and celebrate the guests of honor for the NecronomiCon Providence 2022 followed by a discussion with the audience. Panelists: s. j. bagley (M), Santiago Caruso, Gemma Files, Kier-La Janisse, Cassandra Khaw, Oscar Rios, Jonathan Sims, Bryan Thao Worra, Ann VanderMeer


9:30-10:45AM Tracing the Lineage of Weird Poetry: A Deep Dive into the Roots, Evolution, and Boundaries of the Weird Poetry Canon – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, 2nd floor. Panelists discuss the dimensions and history of weird poetry. Can it be defined by theme, elements, or form, or is tracing influences and lineage a more productive strategy? What poetry genres or schools are weird-adjacent but clearly distinct, and how do we know? Panelists: Adam Bolivar, Gemma Files (M), Bryan Thao Worra, Trisha Wooldridge

11:00-12:15 PM AUTHOR READINGS – Narragansett Bayview Room, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor. Bryan Thao Worra, Trisha Wooldridge, Maxwell Gold, Michal Choinski

2:00-3:15 PM Decolonizing the Weird – Biltmore Ballroom, Graduate Hotel, 17th floor. Weird fiction emerged within a particular place in history and was informed by Western intellectual traditions. As the English-language cannon has spread, writers from around the globe have responded with literature that challenges the philosophical and historical assumptions of that cannon and drawing on their own cultures. Panelists discuss the international revolution in weird fiction, including critical examination and reinterpretation of existing works, expanding the traditional canon and intellectual history, and telling weird tales that are authentic to diverse cultural traditions. Panelists: Santiago Caruso, Cassandra Khaw (M), Nicole Givens Kurtz, David Quiroz, Bryan Thao Worra

3:30-4:45 PM Sonnets for Shoggoths, Narratives for Nightgaunts: Structure and Form in Weird Poetry – Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, 2nd floor. A discussion of forms of poetry drawing on examples from classic and contemporary examples. What effects does Free Verse have in comparison to more structured forms such as Haiku? How do different forms support the weird and strange? Panelists: Thomas Broadbent, Merlin Cunniff, Rosalynde Van Dias, Bryan Thao Worra, Starry Wizdom

I look forward to seeing everyone there who can make it! 🙂

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