UCR Creative Writing Professor Recipient of Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award

Nalo Hopkinson. Photo Credit: David Findlay, 2016.

Nalo Hopkinson, professor of creative writing, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award. She received the honor on March 8 as part of Eagle-Con, a three-day convention at Cal State LA bringing together science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and superheroes, and exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, and representation in science fiction and fantasy.

The award, in honor of acclaimed science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler, is given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction to a recipient with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by Butler.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award,” Hopkinson said. “When I was a younger woman looking for representations of people like myself between the pages of my beloved science fiction, Octavia was one of my guiding lights.”

Hopkinson teaches writing at UCR with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. She has published numerous short stories and six novels, often drawing on Caribbean history, language, and traditions of oral and written storytelling. Her first novel, “Brown Girl in the Ring,” won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest and served as inspiration for the feature film “Brown Girl Begins.”

Hopkinson’s other accolades include the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Andre Norton Award. She is also a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Hopkinson is currently working on her seventh novel, “Duppy Jacket,” an alternate history fantasy novel set in the Caribbean.

Jessica Weber

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