April 5, 2023

Since 1986, Tales of the Unanticipated, a Twin Cities magazine-anthology of speculative fiction has been bringing innovative stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror to Minnesota. SF Minnesota will hold a benefit reading celebrating the release of the newest issue Tales of the Unanticipated #30 and 24 years of publication on March 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Loft Literary Center at 1011 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis.Among the readers for the evening is Twin Cities writer Bryan Thao Worra is a Lao American poet, short story writer, playwright, and essayist. His work appears internationally in numerous anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, including Bamboo Among the Oaks, Tales of the Unanticipated, Illumen, Astropoetica, Outsides Within, Dark Wisdom, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, and Mad Poets of Terra.

Worra is the author of the speculative poetry books On the Other Side of the Eye and BARROW.

Tales of the Unanticipated has published considerable work by Minnesota and Wisconsin writers and artists, as well as work from Australia, Spain, the UK, Canada, and all over the Continental US. The wide- ranging publication has included innovative, offbeat science fiction, fantasy, horror, hybrids of the above, and unclassifiable fiction, poetry, and artwork under the umbrella of speculative fiction, as well as interviews with authors in the field.

Other scheduled readers include Twin Cities writer Eleanor Arnason, the author of five novels, including Daughter of the Bear King (1987), A Woman of the Iron People (1990), winner of the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Awards, and Ring of Swords (1993), winner of the Minnesota Book Award; as well as fiction, poetry, and essays in such markets as Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orbit (Damon Knight, ed.), and 15 issues of TOTU, including #30. She has a chapbook forthcoming from PM Press, and a short novel, Tombs of the Fathers, forthcoming from Aqueduct Press.

Wisconsin writer Kelly McCullough will be reading. His first novel, WebMage (2006), was followed by the sequels Cybermancy (2007), Codespell (2008), and MythOs (2009). The WebMage books are a fantasy-cyberpunk hybrid set in a universe where an ever-increasing number of life threads has forced the Greek Fates to upload the great loom of Fate into a computerized system. Kelly’s 20-plus short works include fiction in TOTU #s 21 and 22 and poetry in #26.

Mankato writer John Calvin Rezmerski is the editor of The Frederick Manfred Reader, author of several books and chapbooks of poetry, including 22 from TOTU, a collection of his poetry from Tales of the Unanticipated, and poems and essays in a wide variety of markets, including the Wall Street Journal. His latest publication is the chapbook Keeping Caedmon’s Faith, released by Red Dragon Press, which will publish a book of his poetry in 2010. He is a member of the performance-art group Lady Poetesses from Hell, for whom he sometimes channels the work of Grace Lord Stoke and Emily K. Dick.

Works that originally appeared in TOTU have received the Rhysling Award for speculative poetry, and have been reprinted in Year’s Best SF, Year’s Best Fantasy (both David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, co-eds), and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Awards Anthology.

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