Diversicon 25

July 21-23, 2017

Best Western Plus—Bandana Square
1010 Bandana Blvd W
St Paul, MN 55108
(651) 647-1637

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a post-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.

On Wednesday, December 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a special Speculations memorial edition celebrating the life and work of JOHN CALVIN REZERSKI (1942-2016), Also known as Rez. Mr. Rezmerski was born in Pennsylvania, and again in Ohio, then again in Kansas, and three times more in Minnesota. He was a member of Lady Poetesses from Hell by virtue of the fact that he channeled Grace Lord Stoke (via email), from whom he learned a great deal. He published over 20 books, chapbooks, and anthologies, including The Frederick Manfred Reader, a screenplay, and three plays. He performed his work for schools, libraries, bookstores, science fiction conventions, clubs, professional organizations, senior centers, museums, festivals, fairs, coffee houses, bars, and on television, and on radio, including National Public Radio’s Wha’d Ya Know?, and collaborated with painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, dancers, theatrical troupes, and scientists. Over 35 years, he taught creative writing, journalism, linguistics, science fiction, and storytelling at Gustavus Adolphus College. His poetry includes 22 from TOTU and Breaking the Rules: Starting with Ghazals. He had been planning to do a Speculations Reading this fall, consisting of a single long poem—the complete text of his recently published chapbook, “Cataloging the Flow: Elegy” published by Red Dragonfly Press. For the December 7 memorial, people are invited to bring a favorite poem or poems by Rez to read, and/or an anecdote about him to share.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF Minnesota.

Guests of Honor:
Elanor Arnason (who was also a guest at Diversicon #1)
Melissa Scott (who was also a guest at Diversicon #11

Posthumous Guests of Honor:
Robert Bloch 1917-1994
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

Upcoming Diversicon and SF Minnesota events:
Fall: A benefit for Tales of the Unanticipated. Date, location, and readers TBA.

Recent events include:

Saturday, October 15: TOTU & Diversicon at Twin Cities Book Festival, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Historic Progress Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Saturday, Novemver 5: The Classic Horror Films Party, Part 25: an annual party celebrating the classic tradition in horror cinema. This year: Classic Horror Comedies, early ’s60s to mid ’s70s. In the same hotel as MarsCon’ss Masquerade Ball. The Classic Horror Party is free.

See what happens at Diversicon (schedule from 2016)

Past Guests

SF Minnesota

Tales of the Unanticipated

Supporting Organizations
Diversicon wishes to thank Second Foundation and Arcana for their Supporting Organization status.

Your group’s Supporting Organization Grant of $25 or more helps support such SF Minnesota projects as the monthly Speculations Readings Series at DreamHaven Books and, now, Tales of the Anticipated. In return for your grant, your organization will receive a thank you here, in Progress Report 2, and in Diversicon 25ths Program Book in July.


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