Sarah Pinsker

Past Dates

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Best of Uncanny event! - 6 PM
1632 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Price: free

Celebrating the Best of Uncanny anthology with Lynne M. Thomas, Fran Wilde,  C. S. E. Cooney, Shveta Thakrar, Sara Cleto, Ali Trotta, and K.M. Szpara. (My participation will be weather-dependent.) 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Erewhon Lit Salon - 7 PM
New York, NY
Price: free

I'm reading with Louis Evans and hanging out afterward. Details on location and RSVP above!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Penn Book Center
Reading w/ AC Wise - 6 PM
130 S 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: free

Reading w/ AC Wise!

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Rockville Hilton & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, 20852
Saturday 10:00 am: Not All Antagonists are Villains (Ends at: 10:55 am) Eisenhower
Panelists:Larry HodgesNatalie LuhrsDiana PeterfreundSarah Pinsker (M), Allen L. Wold
Not every villain has a mustache to twirl. The challenges can be nature, economics, or history etc. What makes these types of stories work? What about antagonists who are not evil but still opposing the main character? This includes a discussion of circumstances leading a character to bad acts.
Saturday 11:00 am: Reading: Martha Wells (Ends at: 11:25 am) Wilson
Author:Martha WellsSarah Pinsker
Saturday 12:00 pm: SF<>Fantasy (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Washington Theater
Panelists:Danielle Ackley-McPhailGordon LinznerSarah PinskerMichael SwanwickK.M. Szpara(M)
Fantasy and science fiction are not the same. Both require research, world-building, and plotting, but they are typically different. Which is better or worse for what purpose? A comparison of the writing process for the two genres and the case for or against combining the styles.
Saturday 2:00 pm: Failure of SF Prediction (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Truman
Panelists:John AshmeadTom Doyle (M), Natalie LuhrsSarah PinskerK.M. Szpara
SF is not really supposed to predict the future but presents possibilities. Still, comparisons are inevitable. What did past SF writers get right and wrong about today? How can writers do a better job (or shouldn’t they even bother trying?)
Saturday 6:00 pm: Politics of Fantasy Literature: Retrograde or Progressive? (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Eisenhower
Panelists:James Morrow (M), L. PenelopeSarah PinskerJean Marie WardSherri Cook Woosley 
Is fantasy inherently conservative – focused on returning the rightful king to power or mastering the lost magic of the ancients? Or are there ways to use fantasy for progressive ends? Is this a difference between epic and urban fantasy?
Sunday 11:00 am: More than Human? 100 Years of Theodore Sturgeon (Ends at: 11:55 am) Truman
Panelists:Kathryn Morrow (M), Suzanne PalmerSarah PinskerDarrell Schweitzer, Michael Walsh
Theodore Sturgeon was a writer’s writer. His novella 'Baby is Three' and the fixup novel 'More than Human' are considered classics but is he remembered at all today aside from his Star Trek work and inspiring Kurt Vonnegut’s Kilgore Trout? What were his contributions to science fiction?
Sunday 1:00 pm: The Near Future Problem (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Eisenhower
Panelists:Robert SawyerSarah PinskerHildy SilvermanDavid Walton (M), Fran Wilde
How do authors write about the near future without being outdated? Are things changing too rapidly to project in the short term? What can be done to avoid becoming outdated? Or do you just shift into alternate history?

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Southern Festival of Books - 1:30 PM
Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Price: free

I'll be in Nashville for the Southern Festival of Books! I'll be talking about Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea & A Song For A New Day at Nashville Public Library Commons Room from 1:30-2:20, then signing in the signing area at 2:30. 

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Geek Geek Revolution Game Show - 2:45
Javits Center
New York, NY

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Room 1A18
PANEL – “Geek Geek Revolution”
GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science
fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. In addition, the audience members
will be asked to &#39;write-in&#39; questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of book
swag. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring: Sarah Pinsker (A Song For a New
Day), Rachel Harrison (The Return), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), Erin A. Craig (House of Salt &amp; Sorrow),

Alina Boyden (Stealing Thunder), Marshall Ryan Maresca (Shield of the People). Moderated by Myke
POST-PANEL SIGNING: 4:00-5:00pm, Hall 1A Author Autographing Area, Table 1

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Music x Science Fiction x Social Justice - 7 PM
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Price: free

Music and science fiction are often used as escapist entertainment. But they are also powerful ways for us to create community and imagine the future. In this panel, five authors and publishers talk about how music fits into their speculative writing about oppression and liberation. Topics will include alternate worlds, recreating lost histories, and building a revolution you can dance to. 

Come hear about all this from our panelists:

Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of the novels The Future of Another Timeline and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributor to the New York Times opinion section and a columnist at New Scientist. They are the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct, and were the founder of io9. 

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road," winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014 and a Nebula finalist for 2013. Sarah's first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories was published by Small Beer Press in March 2019, and her first novel is A Song For A New Day.

Amal El-Mohtar is  Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines including Tor.comFireside FictionLightspeed, Uncanny, Strange Horizons,Apex, Stone Telling, and Mythic Deliriumand in her own collection, The Honey Month (2010). Her story “Seasons of Glass and Iron” won the Nebula, Locus and Hugo awards in 2017, while her stories “The Green Book” and “Madeleine” were finalists for the Nebula Award in 2011 and 2015 respectively, and “The Truth About Owls” won the Locus Award in 2015. She's also a columnist at the New York Times.

Elizabeth Keenan lives in New York City with her husband and small colony of well-behaved cats. She has a PhD in punk rock from Columbia University, which is as good/bad/cool as it sounds and resulted in lots of academic publications on punk and indie rock, third wave feminism, and gender and sexuality, including the most-downloaded article of all time at the journal Women and Music (which is both impressive and brought her zero dollars)She has been interviewed as an expert about grunge for CBS, about Riot Grrrl for NPR and Vice, and about third wave feminism for The Establishment. Her first novel is Rebel Girls, from Inkyard Press. 

Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad,Koontown Killing Kaper, and the 'spaceploitation' graphic novel Baaaad Muthaz. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing, home of Sabrina Vourvolias' Ink and the collection Trouble the Waters.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

KGB Fantastic Fiction w/ Sarah Beth Durst - 7 PM
85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Price: free

Monthly spec fiction reading series at KGB.

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Book Release Event! - 1:00 PM
Behind the Armory- Armory Marketplace- 37 N Main St Suite 102
Bel Air, MD 21014
Price: free

We are thrilled to celebrate with Sarah Pinsker as her new book, A Song for a New Day, launches September 10. Pre-order your copy here- and join us on the 15th for a book signing.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

11 E. 33rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Price: no cover

The Ivy Bookshop's Charles Village outpost, Bird in Hand, hosts the release party for A Song For A New Day!

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Dublin Worldcon!
Dublin Convention Center

Worldcon schedule: 

Horse sense

Panel 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 21:00 - 21:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

How can fantasy authors write believable horse characters? The panel will discuss many aspects of horse knowledge such as: how fast cavalry can charge or travel in a day, how much and how often horses eat, how they are trained, and what makes a good rider. They will also consider who writes horses well, what do horses add to a story, and is it always necessary to get it ‘right’ if the story is good?

The story of the concept album

Panel: 16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 - 12:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)

Concept albums and science fiction have been intertwined for half a century. Join our panellists for a trip down memory lane as they discuss mainstream classics of the genre like David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, their favourite obscure gems, and where modern performers like Janelle Monáe are taking the genre.

Autographs: Friday at 14:00

Format: Autographing

16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 - 14:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)


Kaffeeklatsch: Sarah Pinsker

Format: Kaffeeklatsch

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 16:00 - 16:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)


Reading: Sarah Pinsker

Format: Reading

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 - 13:20, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)

Imagining Disabled Futures

Format: Panel: 18 Aug 2019, Sunday 14:00 - 14:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD)

Speculative fiction has always shaped the conversation about our future. The dearth of solid, accurate depictions of disability, or even hints of disability in worldbuilding affects how we imagine. How do we build a speculative future for inclusion of disability? How can SFF stop harming disabled readers? How will disability change in a world with constantly evolving technology? There's a whole future out there, and disabled people will be there.


Friday, July 12th, 2019

Readercon - see below!
Boston Marriott Quincy
Quincy, MA 02169

Reading: Sarah Pinsker
Fri 8:30 PM, Salon C

A Dark and Stormy Mic
Martin Cahill, Rose Fox, Heath Miller (mod), Sarah Pinsker, Catherynne M. Valente
Sat 8:00 PM, Salon 4
Come one, come all, to see fabulous guests win no prizes at all and sing their hearts out in this comic game show hosted by Heath Miller. Thrill while he runs our teams through your favorite SFF games! The teams feature the Original and Ever-Present Catherynne M. Valente and Sparkling Newcomer Sarah Pinsker as well as Returning Champion Martin Cahill and Program Chair Extraordinaire Rose Fox! This year's show is a benefit for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Donations of any amount are welcome.

Kaffeeklatsches: John P. Murphy, Sarah Pinsker
Sun 11:00 AM, Concierge Lounge

Autographs: Rosemary Kirstein, Sarah Pinsker
Sun 1:00 PM, Autograph Table

Found Family in SF
Anatoly Belilovsky, Rosemary Kirstein, Bart Leib, Sarah Pinsker (mod), Catherynne M. Valente
Sun 2:00 PM, Salon B
Ideas of family are sensitive to societal conditions, so science fiction—a genre that frequently concerns itself with adjusted societal conditions—is a fruitful space for exploring the concept of found family. Panelists will discuss tropes and examples of familylike groups in SF (especially in confined situations such as starships, colonies, schools, and walled compounds) and the ways that these stories relate to the reality of found families for people isolated by present-day societal conditions.

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
Price: free

More details to come!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

How Our Present Impacts Today’s Science Fiction - 12:00 PM
New York, NY
Jun 02, 2019, 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM, Choice Stage

Looking back at science fiction over the years, we can see history’s influence on our most influential authors from Asimov to Tolkien.  Hear from some of scienc...

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Meg Elison, Sarah Pinsker, and more TBA - 6:30 PM
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Price: free

Other presenters to be announced

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Rebecca Roanhorse and Sarah Pinsker reading - **3 PM** time change
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Price: free

Hugo & Nebula winner Rebecca Roanhorse and Sarah Pinsker read and chat and answer questions.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Charm City Spec - 7 PM
11 E. 33rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Price: free!

Group reading & Q & A with Justina Ireland and Arkady Martine. Check Charm City Spec's website for more details!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

ChiSeries - 8:00 PM
152 Augusta Ave. (2nd floor)
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5
Price: no cover

Toronto reading series

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Flyleaf Books presents Sarah Pinsker at the Cave - 5:00 PM
452 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Price: $5 suggested donation

Sarah plays music, reads from the new collection, and answers questions at this event presented by Flyleaf Books but held at the Cave.

Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Greensboro Reading - 6 PM
304 S. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Price: free!

Greensboro reading for the release of Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea at an adorable book/wine/coffee cafe!

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Asheville Reading! - 6 PM
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC
Price: free

Reading for the release of the collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

6080 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21209
United States
Price: free

Reading and celebration on the release date for the Small Beer Press collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea!


Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Functionally Literate: A Literary Function - 7 PM
812 E. Rollins St
Orlando, FL 32803
United States
Price: free

Functionally Literate, the reading series run by Burrow Press in Orlando, presents

Akbar Shahzad, winner of the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction


Sarah Pinsker, winner of the Nebula & Sturgeon Awards

Functionally Literate pairs the best writers in Central Florida with visiting writers from all over the world, bringing contemporary literature to the city of Orlando. Our past Functions have featured a slew of talented visitors, including the Director of the National Book Foundation, Lisa Lucas; National Book Award-finalist Lauren Groff; the award-winning Portuguese novelist Jacinto Lucas Pires; and the great Southern writer Padgett Powell. 

Free but RSVP!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Panel: Genre Fiction and Politics - 8:30 AM
Orlando Marriott Lakeside
Orlando, FL
Price: see ICFA website

Moderator: John Rieder

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Mark Bould, University of the West of England

Sarah Pinsker, author

Nisi Shawl, author

Joan Slonczewski, author

Fran Wilde, author

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Reading at ICFA - 4:15
Orlando Marriott Lakeside
Orlando, FL
United States

Reading in Vista B 

Host: Mimi Mondal

Sarah Pinsker

Julie C. Day

A. T. Greenblatt

Jean Lorrah

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

SFWA tent at Baltimore Book Festival
near Rash Field
Baltimore, MD 21201

My panels for this year include 

1 PM Saturday September 29 Short Fiction

12 PM Sunday September 30th Dangerous Voices Variety Hour with Charlie Jane Anders and Theodora Goss

2 PM Sunday signing

5 PM Sunday literary speculative fiction panel

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Worldcon San Jose
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD 21201

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Joe Squared
Fundraiser for Freestate - 7 PM
33 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Fundraiser for FreeState Justice w/ Misty Letts, Nicky Stacy, and Sarah Pinsker.

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

International Conference for the Fantastic Arts - 2:00 PM
Orlando Marriott Lakeside
Orlando, FL
Price: see ICFA website

Reading w/ James Morrow and Caitlin Kiernan. Signing afterward.

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Edith May's Paradise
Songwriter Round Robin at Joe Squared
7711 Apple Avenue
Jessup, MD 20794

Round Robin w/ Georgie Jessup and Red Sammy. More info TBA!

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Songwriter Round Robin at Joe Squared - 8 PM
33 W North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201

A songwriter round robin 

50’♀ (50 Foot Woman)
honey boat
Sarah Pinsker
Georgie Jessup 

Doors at 8
Music at 8:30

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

NYRSF presents Sarah Pinsker in concert and Cat Valente's game show, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Mic" - 7 PM
388 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Price: Donation?

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents
Sarah Pinsker in concert, and Cat Valente's game show, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Mic"

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the Nebula winning novelette, "Our Lady of the Open Road" and the Theodore Sturgeon Award winning novelette, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind." Her stories have appeared in Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Uncanny, among others, and in anthologies including Long Hidden and The New Voices of Fantasy. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels. A fourth is forthcoming. She lives with her wife and dog in Baltimore, Maryland. Find her online at and on Twitter @sarahpinsker. 

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works

of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Prix Imaginales, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, Romantic Times’ Critics Choice and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Enoch Pratt Public Library-Pennsylvania Ave. Branch
"The Business of Publishing" Panel - 1 PM
1531 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD
Price: Free

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Mermaid Inn
With Meghan Cary! - 8:30 PM
7673 Winston Rd.
Chestnut Hill, PA 19118
Price: Suggested donation

Haven't played with my friend Meghan Cary in a long time! All ages.

Friday, May 19th, 2017

SFWA Nebula Conference - 8 PM
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Mass autographing session - open to the public.


Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Songwriters' Round Robin - 7:30 PM
7711 Apple Avenue
Jessup, MD 20794
Price: $15 suggested donation


Round Robin with Karen Goldberg, John Seay, and Georgie Jessup. 

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

OutWrite Presents The Future is Queer - 6 PM
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003


An evening of queer speculative fiction. Readings from Sarah Pinsker, Craig L. Gidney, Day Al-Mohamed and Sunny Moraine. Moderated by Marianne Kirby.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Asimov's 40th Anniversary Party/Reading - 7 PM
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Facebook event:


"Since Asimov’s launched in the spring of 1977, it has published groundbreaking fiction by writers like Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Joe Haldeman, Connie Willis, Roger Zelazny, Kim Stanley Robinson, and many, many others. Asimov’s also published very early works by Karen Joy Fowler, Jonathan Letham, Kelly Link, Ken Liu, and dozens of other nascent writers who are now well-known authors. Today, we continue the tradition of unearthing exciting new voices and publishing their work alongside some of SF and fantasy’s most famous authors.

Please join us for an evening celebrating our 40th Anniversary with lively readings from James Patrick Kelly, Sarah Pinsker, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Jablokov & Cadwell Turnbull. With complimentary drinks and snacks."

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

KGB Fantastic Fiction - 7 PM
85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
New York, NY 10003

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Chessiecon! Guest of Honor!
Radisson North Baltimore Hotel
Timonium, MD

Guest of Honor at Chessiecon! Panels, concerts, etc. all weekend long. 

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Capclave panels
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

My program TBA, but I'm only there Saturday.

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Baltimore Book Festival - 1 PM
near MD Science Center, 601 S. Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Price: free

As part of the SFWA tent at Baltimore Book Festival:


Short Stories: The heart of SFF:

Short works have always been important to science fiction and fantasy. Hear why and how short fiction showcases the best of our genres. Learn where the hot stories are being published, and get answers to all your questions from our panel of acclaimed short fiction writers. Authors: Lara Elena Donnelly, AT Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Sunny Moraine, Sarah Pinsker, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez


I'll also be at the SFWA booth signing from 2 - 3 PM. 

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour @ Baltimore Book Festival - 12 Noon
near Maryland Science Center, 601 S. Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Price: free

A fast-paced quiz show in the vein of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! brought to you by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Win free books and learn things you never knew about your favorite authors. 
Sarah Pinsker & Tom Doyle host guests Kiini Ibura Salaam and Andy Duncan.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Baltimore Book Festival - 12 Noon
near Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Price: free

SFWA tent programming:
Read Beyond the Borders panel: "Translations, foreign markets, and immigrant authors. It's time to change your perceptions of science fiction and fantasy around the world. Authors:  Anatoly Belilovsky, Bill Campbell, Anna Kashina, Sarah Pinsker"

For the rest of the weekend's SFF programming, go here:

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Galaxy Awards
Galaxy Awards

Monday, September 5th, 2016

One Way Street Library
Sci Fi Girls panel

Panel on "Sci Fi Girls" with Hao Jingfang and Tang Fei, hosted by Ji Shaoting of the FAA. 

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

MTA Festival
MTA Festival - Science Fiction & Music panel

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

More details when program comes out.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

SFWA Nebula Conference
Palmer House Hotel/17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603

SFWA Nebula Conference includes a mass signing on May 13th, open to the public, a full weekend of conference panels, and the Saturday night award ceremony, hosted this year by John Hodgman. 

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

David M Brown Planetarium
Predicting the Future: How Well Does Speculative Fiction Anticipate Future Technology? (panel discussion) - 1:30 PM
1426 N. Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
This panel is being presented by the Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to support and improve the planetarium and promote science education for the general public. March 18-20 is designated as our “science fiction” weekend, featuring special movies, a trivia contest, and your panel discussion.
The panel is also being sponsored in part by Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction, an interview and review video series about science fiction, fantasy and horror.
There is free parking at the planetarium. It is about a 15 minute walk from the Ballston Metro station, and we can arrange to pick you up from the station.
The panelists (at this time) are, in alphabetical order:
Tom Doyle
Edward M. Lerner
Sarah Pinsker
Jason Rodriguez
The moderator for the panel will be Tom Schaad, a producer and interview host of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Owen Brown Community Center
MWA presents Writing & Submitting Short Fiction with Sarah Pinsker - 7 PM
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Maryland Writers Association (Howard County Chapter) presents "Everything You Wanted to Know About Writing & Submitting Short Fiction But Were Afraid to Ask"

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Women & Queers Destroy SFF Reading - 7 PM
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Price: free

The editors and authors of WOMEN DESTROY SF and QUEERS DESTROY SF and FANTASY will be hosting a reading and Q&A at Bluestockings Bookstore. Come and see how we're destroying SFF, one story at a time. 

Seanan McGuire
Liz Gorinsky
Christie Yant

Richard Bowes
Merav Hoffman
Lisa Nohealani Morton
Ellen Kushner
Sarah Pinsker
Kelly Szpara

AND special artist guest Odera Igbokwe.

Copies of the QUEERS DESTROY and WOMEN DESTROY anthologies will be available for sale at the event.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Tall Trees presents Spice, Sarah Pinsker & Georgie Jessup - 7 PM
1710 Dulaney Valley Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
Price: $15/children under 14 free

Tall Trees Concerts is proud to present Spice - Sarah Pinkser - Georgie Jessup... a night of creative folk, alternative and pop music

Spice (Deborah Kleinman) is the ultimate entertainer for engaging her audience in interactive music. Kids, teens, and adults respond to her sweet meaningful songs and happy energy -

Spice will be accompanied by one of Baltimore's favorite singer/songwriters and guitarist extraodinaire- John Seay -

Sarah Pinsker - lead singer from the Stalking Horses, is just readying her fourth album,  with some haunting tracks that evoke a progressive alt country feel.

Georgie Jessup has developed a successful career by challenging musical styles, personal identifications, and storybook history lessons. She has released six CD's: and has an extraordinary ability to encourage audiences to look deeply into their prejudices and other transgressions.

Proceeds from concessions sold at the show will benefit Earl’s Place, a housing and social justice organization dedicated to assisting men who are homeless who want to change their lives

doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00
children 14 and under are free with an accompanying adult


Sunday, September 27th, 2015

SFWA tent - 1 PM
Rash Field, Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21230
Price: free

Reading with Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado,and Bud Sparhawk

then at 2 PM a discussion of short fiction with Bill Campbell, Ann Chatham, Scott Edelman, Carmen Maria Machado, Cat Rambo, Bud Sparhawk, and Fran Wilde

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA

The Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Thursday 21:00 - 21:45, Bays 111B (CC)

Ursula Le Guin is one of the giants of the field, whose works include pivotal SF and fantasy works. The panel discusses the works and influence of Ursula Le Guin. 

Charlie Jane Anders (m), Sarah Pinsker, Gary K. Wolfe, M. J. Locke

Friday 11:00 - 11:45, Bays 111A (CC): Certainly Not For the Money: Why We Write Short Fiction

Why do we put ourselves through the angst of writing short fiction? It certainly isn't the money. Why else would we do it?

Mark J. Ferrari (M), Mur Lafferty, Sarah Pinsker, Stefan Rudnicki, Rick Wilber


Friday 16:30 - 17:00, 301 (CC):  Reading - Sarah Pinsker

Come to my reading! I'll fortify you with snacks, then we can go to happy hour. 


Saturday 13:00 - 15:00, 300B (CC): SFWA Business Meeting

If you're a SFWA member, come to the meeting and find out what's new in the organization right now, from model contracts to mentoring.

Saturday 16:00 - 16:45: Hall B (CC) Autographing - Lou Antonelli, Walter H. Hunt, Nick Kanas, Sarah Pinsker, John Scalzi, Eric James Stone, Rick Wilber

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Burlington Marriott
Burlington, MA 01803 - details to follow

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Reading - 4 PM
Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Price: free w/ con membership

Reading w/ Sarah Avery and KT Bryski. Followed by autograph session.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour - 9 PM
Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Price: free w/ con admission

My friend Mike Underwood and I host as Baltimore Science Fiction Society's own readings series comes to Balticon once more! The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from such diverse inspirations as the popular 510 reading series, NPR's quiz show: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and Orson Welles's original War of the Worlds broadcast. The hour long, free event features readings, irreverent author interviews, trivia, prizes, and more. Did we mention free books?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Edith May's Paradise
7:30 PM
7711 Apple Avenue
Jessup, MD 20794

I'm gonna try out all the stuff from the new album on ya.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Writers and Words November Reading - 7:30 PM
1500 Union Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Price: no cover

New reading series!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour - 12 noon
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Price: free

The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from NPR's “Wait, Wait Don’T Tell Me” quiz show and Orson Welles' original War of the Worlds broadcast. It features readings, trivia, great prizes, irreverent author interviews, and more fun than you thought you could have at a reading."

Participants: Marissa Meyer and Charles Gannon. Co-hosted by Sarah Pinsker and Michael Underwood.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Club K
The Stalking Horses And Friends - 8 PM
2101 Maryland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21218

With the Honest Mistakes, ilyAIMY, and Canker Blossom. Something for everyone!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Readercon - All Weekend
Burlington Marriott
Burlington, MA 01803

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Solo set. - 9 PM
Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Memorial Day Weekend:  panels, readings, music, etc. Schedule TBA.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Long Hidden Anthology Release Party - 9 PM
236 East 3rd St.
New York, NY 10001

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Daily Science Fiction anthology release party - 7 PM
3310 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD
Price: no cover is one of the premiere magazines for professional science fiction and fantasy short stories. Famous for their Monday - Friday publishing schedule, DSF is collecting 260 stories from their second year in the anthology, "Rocket Dragons Ignite: DSF Year Two."

Many writers included in the anthology will be present to read and sign copies of the book, including:

Sarah Pinsker, James Beamon, M. Adrian Sellers, Ann Chatham, Rahul Kanakia, Jamie Todd Rubin, Rajan Khanna, Erik B. Scott, Mariel Herbert, Henry Lu, Erica L. Satifka, Alexandra Petri, Sophie Wereley, Bridget A. Natale, and Tom Doyle.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Baltimore Science Fiction Society
Dangerous Voices Variety Hour - 5 PM
3310 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD
Price: no cover

The Dangerous Voices Variety Hour takes its cues from such diverse inspirations as the popular 510 Reading Series, NPR’s quiz show "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," and Orson Welles’s original "War of the Worlds" broadcast. The 2-hour free event features readings, irreverent author interviews, trivia, prizes, and more. There is no charge to enter and everyone is welcome.

Sarah Pinsker and Michael Underwood host special guests Myke Cole and Rahul Kanakia.

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

7 PM
201 F Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Price: free!
Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt with Sarah Pinsker - Live in the Coffeehouse 


Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Stalking Horses are back! - 10 PM
1132 S. Hanover
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 547-7415
Price: $5

The Stalking Horses with the Dick Van Dykes and another band TBA. 

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Dangerous Voices Variety Hour - 5-7 PM
3310 E. Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21224
410) 563-2737
Price: free


Two hours of author readings, irreverent interviews, trivia, and more! I'm hosting.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Darkover Con - see below
Crowne Plaza Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Price: see website


12:00 – 1:00PM: Short Stories vs. Novels: Does Size Matter? -How does "word count" affect the writer's craft? Writers discuss different strategies and goals when writing short vs. long fiction. Pinsker(M), Ackley-McPhail, Crist, Harmon, Sonnier.


2:00 – 3:00PM: Q&A for Authors - Is there something you've really wanted to ask one of the attending authors but haven't had a chance to ask yet? Well, here's your chance to ask! Heise(M), Edghill, Sakers, Rochelle, Carter, Scott, Wisoker, Aire, MacMillan, Dray, Morland, Satifka, Pierce, Kurtz, Friedman, Crawford, Jones, Pinsker.

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Darkover Con - concert and reading - see below
Crowne Plaza Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Price: see website


2:00 – 3:00PM: Solo Concert  - Dulaney Room


3:00 – 4:00PM: GLBTQ Content: Plot or Window Dressing? - What makes a GLBTQ story? Must the concept of GLBTQ be "central" to the storyline; or can characters "just happen to be" GLBTQ? How do you write an entertaining story and avoid proselytizing? Cipra(M), Rochelle, Pinsker, Scott, Jones.


4:00 – 5:00PM: Autograph Session - All Guests


5:00 PM – Broad Universe Reading (Held inside Programming 2: Chesapeake 3-5): Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Margaret Carter, Meriah Crawford, Elektra Hammond, Kelly A. Harmon, Erika Satifka, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Leona Wisoker, Sarah Pinsker (M)


Friday, November 29th, 2013

Darkover con - 3 PM
Crowne Plaza Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Price: see website

FRIDAY panels:

3:00 – 4:00PM: My Favorite Author/Artist - Writers and artists discuss who they like (mentors, models, inspirations, just plain "favorites"). Don Sakers (M), Pinsker, Wisoker, Pierce, Sonnier.


5:00 – 6:00PM: Comics & Graphic Novels vs. "Literary" F&SF - Compare and contrast F&SF comics and graphic novels with short stories and novels. Do they approach F&SF differently? Are there different strategies or goals? Whiteley(M), Pinsker, Liebe, Satifka, Rob McMonigal.


Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Philcon - reading - 11 AM
2349 W. Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Price: $50 for weekend

Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)

    [Panelists: April Grey (mod), Sarah Pinsker, Roberta Rogow, Danielle
    Ackley-McPhail, KT Pinto, Gail Z. Martin]

    Members of Broad Universe (a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting, and
    celebrating woman writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy,
    horror and other speculative genres) take turns reading five-minute
    excerpts from their work

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Philcon - concert - 2 PM
2349 W. Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Price: $50 for weekend

Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza VII (Seven)  - splitting the hour with Marc Grossman who is presumably not the Marc Grossman I went to school with.

Friday, October 25th, 2013

A Stalking Horses show! - 10 PM
1132 S. Hanover
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 547-7415

Hey! Look! First  show for the Stalking Horses since the beginning of summer! Come wish Jer a happy birthday, and hang with us at one of our all time favorite venues. 

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Author-hat stuff at the Book Festival - see below
Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
Price: free!

(All at the SFWA tent, in the east park near Charles -it's kind of hidden away)

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang 2 PM

Join the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Book Club (which meets the fourth Saturday of every month) to discuss the classic SF novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm, winner of the 1977 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Chat with authors and fans to find out about this classic novel. Snacks will be provided. (I'll be there chatting about one of my favorite books)

Genre and Literary Fiction Comparison Panel 3:30 PM

This panel looks at often debated comparisons between genre and literary fiction. What are the stereotypes, facts, myths, realities? Our panelists come from across the literary spectrum, including genre writers, literary authors, poets, and more. Come hear them discuss the comparisons. (I'm on the panel)

The State of Short Fiction 5:30 PM

Join us to talk about the state of short fiction in fantasy and science fiction. Our panelists will discuss how it has changed over the years, what are the latest developments, and what stories they recommend. This is also a great panel for newcomers to the genre. If you’ve haven’t read science fiction or fantasy, short fiction is a good place to start. Come hear what’s good, what’s hot, and what’s out there. (I'm moderating this one)

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Sarah acoustic - between 4:30 and 6:30
Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
Price: free!

I'm doing an acoustic set at the Baltimore Book Festival. Don't look for me on the main stage. I'll be playing in the SFWA tent. If it's in the same place as last year, it's a white tent on the east side of the monument, just behind the marble wall that divides Charles St. from the east side of the park.

I've also got a couple of author-hat gigs there that weekend, and one that mixes the two:


Music and literature have always enjoyed a symbiosis, a connection has grown stronger as authors and musicians join forces with modern technologies to enhance their arts. The music and publishing industries are both undergoing great sea changes leading to exciting developments in multi-media fiction. Come talk with our panelists, who are both authors and musicians, and join us afterward for a concert where some of them will perform their music.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Speaking engagement: “What Being a Touring Musician Taught Me About Writing & Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Literary Fiction” - 6:30 PM
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Price: see below

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. 

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Broad Universe rapidfire reading - 12 noon
Burlington Marriott
Burlington, MA 01803

Rapidfire readings from awesome broads. My only official programming at Readercon, though I also plan on crashing the panel (or at least sitting very close to the front) on disability in fiction, since I suggested it. 

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Our House Cafe
Singer Songwriter Showcase - 7:30
1121 Hull Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Price: No cover

Got asked last minute to do a solo set at a new cafe. Sounds like a nice place so I said yes. Parking is available in the Under Armour lot next door to Our House on Hull Street.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Ottobar Stalking Horses show! - 9 PM
2549 N Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21218
Price: $6

Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM. Ottobar AND not a late night! With our old buddies the Honest Mistakes and our new buddies Red November.

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Honfest - 1 PM
36th St., Hampden, Umbrella Radio Stage
Baltimore, MD
Price: free

The Stalking Horses return to Honfest! Umbrella Radio Stage, 1 PM.

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Balticon - 9 PM
Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Price: free with convention membership

Salon C/D. Solo set.

I'll also be appearing on various author panels throughout the weekend including:

Friday 5-7 SFWA gala (or as soon as I can get there)
?A 10 PM reading just appeared on the schedule, but I don't know if that is actually a thing.?
Saturday 2:30 PM Dos & Donts of Horses in Writing -
Saturday 4 PM - Broad Universe Reading -
Sunday 9 am - Writing, Selling, and Publishing Humorous Fiction -
Sunday 12 PM - Professionalism & the Young Writer
Sunday 1 PM - From Slush to Sale (moderator)

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

The Stalking Horses are back! - 8 PM
7711 Apple Avenue
Jessup, MD 20794
Price: suggested donation

Georgie Jessup opens.  Doors at seven. This is a house concert. BYOB and feel free to bring a snack or dish. Show time is 8pm. 

Edith May's Paradise is an awesome basement stage, surrounded by Baltimore memorabilia and 50s and 60s toys. You can check out the Annette Funicello makeup kit and an original Gino's football and all kinds of other stuff. 

It's right off of 295 and 175. "Plugging the address (7711 Apple Ave. Jessup, MD 20794) into your GPS will get you here, but for a moment, you'll think it didn't. Edith May's Paradise is at the end of Apple Avenue... just PAST the end, actually. When the road ends, follow the dirt road up to the next house. Park alongside the dirt road (there's plenty of space, and as long as we're mindful of one another, no-one gets parked in even with a couple of dozen cars) and come on in the front door!" 

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Author Gala with music - 7 PM - 9 PM
10801 Hickory Ridge Rd
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 964-8671
Price: no cover

I'm doing double duty as an author and musician again. I have a 30 minute solo set in the middle of the program. 

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

1 hour solo set at Darkover - 12:00 PM noon
Crowne Plaza Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
Price: $50 (entire weekend convention)

So this is a  solo set at the Darkover Convention, noon on Saturday in Dulaney Valley Ballroom 1.

Here's the rest of my programming for the weekend:

Friday, November 23rd (Greenspring Ballroom) 3:00 PM - Placing Your Story in the Here and Now.Traditionally, fantasy took place in another world, usually with a medieval set-up. Increasingly fantasy takes place in contemporary, or near contemporary times. Is such fantasy more or less believable, and harder or easier to write? 
Meriah Crawford, Tim Liebe, Scott MacMillan, Sarah Pinsker, Don Sakers. Carl Cipra, Moderator

Saturday, November 24th (Greenspring Ballroom) 3:00 PM - Non-medieval European fantasy. All fantasy doesn't have to based on the European middle ages. Our authors talk about other sources, and other writers who have done so. 

Katherine Kurtz, Rahul Kanakia, Tamora Pierce, Sarah Pinsker. Diana Bastine, Moderator

Saturday, November 25th (Chesapeake Room) 7:00 PM - Alien Romance. What will happen to love and marriage, when there are intelligent non-humans around? Will politicians try to pass Defense of Human Marriage Laws? What form will romance take? 
Margaret Carter, Rahul Kanakia, Heather Rose Jones, Sarah Pinsker. Carl Cipra, Moderator

Sunday, November 25th (Greenspring Ballroom) 12:00 NOON - LGBT: Have the Lines Blurred? Is it still a separate genre or has it become more mainstream? Are characters' gender choices still important? 
Rahul Kanakia, Nalo Hopkinson, Sarah Pinsker, Warren Rochelle, Melissa Scott. Carl Cipra, Moderator

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Solo set @ Baltimore Book Festival, SFWA tent - 5 PM
Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
Price: free!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America booth is hosting a "science fiction music" concert at 5 PM in their booth at the Baltimore Book Festival.  The hour is split between me and Catherine Asaro. The SFWA tent is in the East Park. Rain or shine, since it's a tent.

Click here for complete schedule.


I'll also be speaking on two panels at the SFWA booth: 9/29 at noon and 9/30 at 3 PM.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Lauraville Fair w/ the Stalking Horses! - 2 PM
Harford Rd. & Walther Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21214
Price: free

The Stalking Horses! Lauraville Fair! 2 PM sharp. Check website for rain details. 

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Honest Mistakes/Among Wolves birthday extravaganza - doors 8 PM
12 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 244-8855

The Honest Mistakes, Among Wolves, Trust Falls, and more. I'm doing an acoustic set early in the night.

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Worldcon Dublin

Details TBA