Cassandra Farrin is the May and June writer in residence at the Library! at Bown Crossing! Join her and interact with Vox Poplar, a large, sculptural, scroll of paper with a bas-relief image of Cottonwood trees carved into the face that feeds into a manual typewriter mounted to a pedestal.
About Cassandra Farrin:
Cassandra Farrin is a speculative fiction author with a keen interest in history and religion. She also serves as Managing Editor of Amberjack Publishing, a Boise-based indie trade publisher. She has an MA in Religious Studies from Lancaster University in England, which she earned with the support of a US-UK Fulbright scholarship. Among other honors, she was short-listed for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018, an international prize for novels written for children or young adults, and selected for the Futurescapes 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop.
About her approach to Vox Poplar:
Speculative fiction of all kinds–science fiction, fantasy, fabulism, and more–often begins with wild leaps of empathy, curiosity, and wonder. But how do you write sensitively outside your own experience? In this Vox Poplar project, I will look at the role of empathy from visualization of novel concept to sketched-out fragments, story arcs, and emerging character voices, with a special emphasis on how to explore the Other and the Unknown in a way that is both compassionate and honest. Library patrons are welcome to bring in projects to workshop alongside me and browse a curated list of some of the best new diverse speculative fiction, including fairy tale retellings, alternative histories, literary fabulism or magical realism, and dystopias.