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CoKoCon 2022 Schedule

Posted by on Aug 15, 2022 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on CoKoCon 2022 Schedule

I’m attending my first in-person convention in about three years this Labor Day weekend. CoKoCon is a small con in the Phoenix area. This year, it’s at a new location at the DoubleTree in Tempe. I’ll be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and early Monday morning. Feel free to talk, ask to have books signed (which I’ll gladly do unless I’m on the run to a panel!), and generally hang out. I’ll be in a black mask, channeling my old favorite Mortal Kombat ninjas.

Panels are always subject to change; I’ll post any updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, September 2

4:30pm Writing on the Spectrum

Fiesta Ballroom 2, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Neurodiverse writers talk about how their unique filter on the world impacts their writing and about neurodiverse representation in books.

Saturday, September 3

10am Beth & Mike’s Book Club: The City We Became

Coronado, 10am – 11am

Michael Senft, who runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and Nebula Award®-nominated author, Beth Cato, will be leading a discussion on The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. Read or listen to it ahead of the event or come in blind, but beware of spoilers!

6pm Writing Speculative Poetry

Fiesta Ballroom 2, 6pm – 7pm

Join our award-winning poets as they discuss the craft and market for speculative poetry, and maybe even share some of their own award-winning work!

Sunday, September 4

1pm Literary Charcuterie

Coronado, 1pm – 2pm

Let’s talk about the glories of food in literature and reality and inspire everyone to scamper for the nearest cheese shop (and there are several near the hotel!)

6pm Author Self-Care: Not Post-COVID Yet

Fiesta Ballroom 2, 6pm – 7pm

We’re back in person, but are we really back to normal? This popular panel returns in a world that still hasn’t gotten through the COVID times.

7:30pm Historical Fiction Meets Fantasy

Fiesta Ballroom 2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

What is the proper proportion of facts with fiction when writing historical fantasy? What resources the perils and joys of research.


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Come to the Online Book Club Meeting this Sunday!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2021 in Blog, public speaking, red dust collection, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Come to the Online Book Club Meeting this Sunday!

Red Dust cover

On Sunday September 19th, my collection Red Dust and Dancing Horses will be discussed in a virtual book club meeting on Facebook that is conducted by the wonderful Madame Askew. The event will happen at 4:30 MST. Buy the book ahead of time (if you don’t have it already) and join in on the discussion! I’ll be there to answer questions.


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My Virtual CoKoCon Schedule for September 4th through 6th

Posted by on Aug 30, 2021 in Blog, public speaking, writerly advice | Comments Off on My Virtual CoKoCon Schedule for September 4th through 6th

CoKoCon is September 3rd through 6th! The convention is online and totally free. To attend, you must register and use their Discord server. Find out all about that on their website. Please also check out the charity book auction, which will benefit a great local group, the Joshua Tree Feeding Program.

Here’s my final schedule. I say final, but of course, things may change and the internet may choose to be fickle at the worst possible time. Find the full schedule for the weekend here. All times are Pacific time.

Saturday, September 4
2:00pm – 3:00pm Steampunk in the Round
What is it that makes steampunk a lasting trend? We’ll discuss: The evolution of steampunk, how do you see it in a few years? The literary and media side of steampunk. The commercial side of steampunk. The splinter divisions of Steampunk. Q&A with audience.

3:15pm – 4:15pm The Wonderful World of Cheese
Join author Beth Cato and friends as she leads a lively discussion on the world of cheese, from its early history to modern day.

5:45pm – 6:45pm From the Paddock to Pern
Judith Tarr. Tamora Pierce. Robin McKinley. Mercedes Lackey. Our panelists discuss the impact of “horse girl” fantasy.

Sunday, September 5
10:15am – 11:15am Book Discussion: The Calculating Stars
Join avid reader and sometime blogger Michael Senft, and Nebula and Dragon award nominee Beth Cato (The Clockwork Dagger, Breath of Earth) as they discuss Mary Robinette Kowal’s award-winning “Lady Astronaut” alternate history.

2:00pm – 3:00pm Author Self-Care: COVID Edition
Surviving the past year has been an ordeal for everyone. Our authors talk about how COVID affected them, and what they did (and are still doing) to cope with pandemic, lockdown and deadlines.

4:30pm – 5:30pm Writing Speculative Poetry
Join our panelists as they discuss writing speculative poetry, as well as share their own works.

Monday, September 6
2:00pm – 3:00pm From Tabletop to Text and Vice Versa
Whether Dungeons & Dragons or Final Fantasy, our panelists discuss how gaming influenced their writing, and how their writing influences their gaming.


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FREE Virtual Cog Match Game this Saturday! Theme: CHEESE

Posted by on Jul 6, 2021 in Blog, public speaking, whimsy | Comments Off on FREE Virtual Cog Match Game this Saturday! Theme: CHEESE

cog match game

If you follow me on social media, you may be aware that I have a deep and abiding affection for cheese. My reputation is leading to fun and interesting opportunities!

A bunch of steampunkers, myself included, are taking part in a cheese-themed version of the classic game show Match Game this coming Saturday July 10th at 8pm Pacific. It’s free and online. When you sign up, you can indicate if you want to be audience or maybe participate. No pressure either way. You better brie-lieve this will be a game packed with hilarity and cheese wisdom you’ll want to share with everyone you meet in the coming days!

Sign up over here!

tillamook beth

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Poetry reading and interview on YouTube: “A Purring Cat is a Time Machine”

Posted by on Mar 29, 2021 in anthology:poem, Blog, online publication, public speaking, writerly advice | Comments Off on Poetry reading and interview on YouTube: “A Purring Cat is a Time Machine”

Todd Sullivan is accumulating a wonderful number of author showcases and interviews on YouTube, and included me in his series on How to Read Poetry. I read my poem “A Purring Cat is a Time Machine,” originally published in Daikaijuzine, and then answer some interview questions on poetry. Enjoy!

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My Capclave Online Schedule for October 17-18

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on My Capclave Online Schedule for October 17-18

I’m happy to announce that I’m taking part in Capclave’s online convention over the weekend of October 17th and 18th. This con only costs $10 for a membership! For two packed days of convention! Do note that the convention is Eastern time–that’s important for me to be mindful of, as it means I need to be ready for my first panel at 5:45am. *gulp*

In addition to several panels AND a reading and a kaffeeklatsch shared with friends, I’ll also be watching the WSFA Small Press Award Ceremony on Saturday because my story “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” is in the running! (You can read it or listen to the podcast over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.)

The full schedule is available here. Below are my events, which are, of course, subject to change, especially in the topsy-turvy year of 2020. Follow my Twitter and Facebook for the latest news.


9:00 am Eastern / 6:00 am Pacific Speculative Poetry

Participants: Beth Cato, Ada Hoffmann, B. Sharise Moore, Samusara, Catherynne Valente

There is a lot of poetry with speculative and horror themes, but it doesn’t always receive a lot of love at conventions. Our panelists discuss their themes and may even share some brief recitations of their favorites.

1:30 pm Eastern / 10:30 am Pacific Author Reading – Cato, Colter, & Greenblatt

Join Cato, Colter, & Greenblatt for an hour-long reading of their fiction.

4:30 pm Eastern / 1:30 pm Pacific Kaffeeklatsch – Cato, Colter & Greenblatt

Join Beth Cato, L.D. Colter and A.T. Greenblatt for a small-group discussion on anything of interest. Limited spaces, advanced sign-up required.

6:00 pm Eastern / 3:00 pm Pacific WSFA Small Press Award Ceremony


1:30 pm Eastern / 10:30 am Pacific When To Outline and When To Pants It

Participants: Beth Cato, Scott Edelman, Mary Fan, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale (M)

“Fleshing out a detailed outline” versus “Diving right into an idea and seeing where the story goes” is one of the perennial debates of the writing craft. What are the advantages of each approach? What are the weaknesses and limitations? Our panelists will discuss when to prefer one approach over the other, and when it’s a good idea to switch to the opposite style even when it’s not your preferred method.

3:00 pm / Noon Pacific Best Fiction of 2020

Participants: Beth Cato, Andy Duncan, Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise (M)

Best Novels & Short fiction of 2020. What is the best new fiction you read (or heard about) in 2020. Suggestions for what should be nominated for various awards.


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