Nisi Shawl is creating AfroFuturist Fiction
141

patrons

$884
per month
I’m Nisi Shawl, an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and books and essays on inclusivity and representation.

I'm the author of the Nebula Award-nominated novel Everfair, an Utopian alternate history set in the Congo during the reign of Leopold II. I've also written dozens of short stories, some gathered in my James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning collection Filter House. I’m the co-author of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, the definitive text on inclusive representation. I teach writing courses online based on this text.

I'm an editor as well, and my most recent anthologies -- Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler--were both Locus Award finalists. I edit reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone and write reviews for them and for Ms. Magazine, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Seattle Review of Books.

What Do You Get If You Support Me?


Music and fiction. And possibly tea.

Depending on your level of support, every month you will get a song, a short story, a poem, a chapter of a novel, or a special tea blend, all created by me. I have a large trove of unreleased songs that I'll record and upload for all patrons. I also have a trove of unpublished poems. At higher support levels you'll get to see short stories I have coming out in anthologies months before publication. And at the next level up you'll get to read my unpublished, but completed, YA fantasy novel La Verde chapter by chapter. At the highest level: Tea.

See the Rewards listing on the sidebar for details.

Why Patreon?


I live in Seattle with my mom, June, and my cat, Minnie, in side-by-side apartments. We love it here, but recently had our total rent increased an astounding $750 a month! The price hikes take effect in June 2018, and are contingent on signing a year’s lease. Going month-to-month would mean an increase of over $1500 per month in rent!

Moving is so disruptive to a writer, because in addition to the time it takes, it means reference books, technological tools, habits, and contacts get misplaced and lost. Moving is also extremely confusing to an 82-year-old who has lived most of her life in a small Midwestern city (Mom). In order to keep living here and writing speculative fiction centering the presence and contributions of African-descended people, I started this Patreon in the hope of getting ongoing financial support.

My plan is to leave the Patreon up for at least 18 months so Mom and I can figure out what to do next.
Tiers
Songs for Supper
$1 or more per month 32 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive a recording of me singing either one of my own compositions or a folk song relevant to the fiction I write. 
Secret Instructions for How to Live
$2 or more per month 29 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive one of my as-yet-unpublished poems + the song.
First Glance
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
Each month, you’ll get a sold but as-yet-unpublished short story about lovelorn AIs, magical activists, and other stuff + all rewards below this level.
...And Soul Maggots
$10 or more per month 24 patrons
Each month, you'll get one chapter of my unpublished YA fantasy novel La Verde, “a tender, touching tale of mother-daughter relationships, racial identity, and soul maggots.” All patrons on this level will have access to previous chapters as well as the current one + all rewards below this level.
Tea O’Clock
$25 or more per month 9 of 10 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive five sachets of an exclusive Nisi Shawl tea blend--enough to brew seven or more cups of deliciousness.  Past blends include Pretty in Pink, Just Before the Dawn, and Living Your Life Like It’s Golden.


You'll also get all rewards below this level.

Goals
$884 of $1,100 per month
This will cover the rent increase and allow us to save up for moving somewhere else if the landlord of our current home keeps up their shenanigans. We’ll be able to put aside money to pay deposits, the fees of professional moving services, and other costs involved in moving to a new place.
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I’m Nisi Shawl, an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and books and essays on inclusivity and representation.

I'm the author of the Nebula Award-nominated novel Everfair, an Utopian alternate history set in the Congo during the reign of Leopold II. I've also written dozens of short stories, some gathered in my James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning collection Filter House. I’m the co-author of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, the definitive text on inclusive representation. I teach writing courses online based on this text.

I'm an editor as well, and my most recent anthologies -- Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler--were both Locus Award finalists. I edit reviews for the literary quarterly Cascadia Subduction Zone and write reviews for them and for Ms. Magazine, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Seattle Review of Books.

What Do You Get If You Support Me?


Music and fiction. And possibly tea.

Depending on your level of support, every month you will get a song, a short story, a poem, a chapter of a novel, or a special tea blend, all created by me. I have a large trove of unreleased songs that I'll record and upload for all patrons. I also have a trove of unpublished poems. At higher support levels you'll get to see short stories I have coming out in anthologies months before publication. And at the next level up you'll get to read my unpublished, but completed, YA fantasy novel La Verde chapter by chapter. At the highest level: Tea.

See the Rewards listing on the sidebar for details.

Why Patreon?


I live in Seattle with my mom, June, and my cat, Minnie, in side-by-side apartments. We love it here, but recently had our total rent increased an astounding $750 a month! The price hikes take effect in June 2018, and are contingent on signing a year’s lease. Going month-to-month would mean an increase of over $1500 per month in rent!

Moving is so disruptive to a writer, because in addition to the time it takes, it means reference books, technological tools, habits, and contacts get misplaced and lost. Moving is also extremely confusing to an 82-year-old who has lived most of her life in a small Midwestern city (Mom). In order to keep living here and writing speculative fiction centering the presence and contributions of African-descended people, I started this Patreon in the hope of getting ongoing financial support.

My plan is to leave the Patreon up for at least 18 months so Mom and I can figure out what to do next.

Recent posts by Nisi Shawl

Tiers
Songs for Supper
$1 or more per month 32 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive a recording of me singing either one of my own compositions or a folk song relevant to the fiction I write. 
Secret Instructions for How to Live
$2 or more per month 29 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive one of my as-yet-unpublished poems + the song.
First Glance
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
Each month, you’ll get a sold but as-yet-unpublished short story about lovelorn AIs, magical activists, and other stuff + all rewards below this level.
...And Soul Maggots
$10 or more per month 24 patrons
Each month, you'll get one chapter of my unpublished YA fantasy novel La Verde, “a tender, touching tale of mother-daughter relationships, racial identity, and soul maggots.” All patrons on this level will have access to previous chapters as well as the current one + all rewards below this level.
Tea O’Clock
$25 or more per month 9 of 10 patrons
Each month, you’ll receive five sachets of an exclusive Nisi Shawl tea blend--enough to brew seven or more cups of deliciousness.  Past blends include Pretty in Pink, Just Before the Dawn, and Living Your Life Like It’s Golden.


You'll also get all rewards below this level.