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a community literary event

Economic Utopias and Dystopias

August 18, 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl. S.

Pioneer Square – Seattle, WA

Economic Utopias and Dystopias is a literary event and community conversation about our current economic system and how literary visions of future economies could transform our society.

As the United States of America becomes more stratified along class lines, many intellectuals and activists call for change.

But is it enough to increase social programs and charitable giving? Or, does the society need a complete transformation of the economic system in which we operate? That’s the question that writers and community members will tackle.

A Collective Imagining

The writers and community members will engage in a collective imagining of a future economy they would be proud to leave behind to future generations. The collective vision of the group will be documented and shared online.


Schedule TBA


Saturday August 18

Countdown to the event:



Writers will discuss the economic systems in their own stories or the stories of their favorite authors. Writers currently slated to appear are Beverly Aarons, Shweta Adhyam, Elizabeth Guizetti, and Nisi Shawl.

Beverly Aarons

Beverly Aarons

Beverly Aarons is a writer, community organizer, and adventurer. She writes nonfiction, plays, novels, short stories, and most recently narrative video games. Her novel “New Hope City” (pen name: SunHi Mistwalker) explores the impact of social and economic collapse. And her video game prototype “Rent Hike” lets players experience life as a Seattle renter facing excessive rent increases and gentrification. When she’s not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, games, and hanging out with friends.

Shweta Adhyam

Shweta Adhyam

Shweta grew up in Madras, lives in Seattle and writes speculative fiction. She learns kung fu, has graduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy, and has worked as actuary and data analyst. She is frenemies with ADHD, knows far more about Indian/Hindu mythology than is good for her, and attended Clarion West in 2017.

Elizabeth Guizzetti

Elizabeth Guizzetti

Elizabeth Guizzetti is an illustrator and author best known for her demon-poodle based comedy, Out for Souls & Cookies. She is also the creator of Faminelands and Lure and collaborated with authors on several projects including A is for Apex and The Prince of Artemis V.
To explore a different aspect of her creativity, she writes science fiction and fantasy. Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. Her short work has appeared in anthologies such as Wee Folk and The Wise and Beyond the Hedge. Between long projects, she works on a ten-part novella series, The Chronicles of the Martlet, following the life of an elfin assassin turned necromancer just for funsies.
Guizzetti lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs. When not writing or illustrating, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl wrote the AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair, a Nebula Award finalist set in an imaginary Utopia in the Congo; and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House. invited her to expand her acclaimed “Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction” essay into a monthly column, and she is obliging. Other recent work includes “Slippernet,” appearing online as part of Salon magazine’s Trump Story Project and in print in Volume 2 of Rosarium’s Sunspot Jungle anthology, and “The Colors of Money” in Sunvault. She believes genius is a community resource.


Also Featuring



DAIPANbutoh Collective is a Seattle-area collective of performers and educators who explore and support each other’s work as independent artists, provide educational opportunities, produce evocative performances, and host an annual butoh festival. DAIPANbutoh artists each have a unique style, while being united in the commitment to poetic transformation through deep listening and flowing with what emerges, trusting the truth in the body. Members Sheri Brown, Joan Laage, Kaoru Okumura and Helen Thorsen present today a short version of the full length work they will present in the October 2018 Chile International Butoh Festival. “Corporate” takes a compelling and darkly comic look at the pressure cooker of modern life. What price do we pay for the money we earn? What happens when we break out of the cubicle and free ourselves from the obsession to succeed at all costs?

Champion Sounds

Champion Sounds


The sonic inspiration produced by Champion Sounds of Seattle Washington invokes inspiration and a feeling of community. Playing Vinyl records creates an atmosphere of nostalgia which perpetuates Artistry and a soulful feeling of fellowship amongst like minded spirits. The harmony of working with others is truly the goal of my production.

Boting Zhang

Discussion Moderator

I engage in little experiments in collective belonging, and write in search of healing truths at The Bramble Project. I’m often drawn to the conflicts of human spirit that manifest civically: simplicity-complexity; freedom-connection; growth-enoughness. My essays focus on the civic and social dynamics surrounding urban development and change.
I’m also the Real Estate Strategist at Seattle’s Office of Planning and Development—a newly created position that seeks generative paths to equitable development.
One of our society’s conflicts is in confusing money (a tool for exchange) with value (a non-linear concept). I’m excited to explore together ways to transcend this confusion!

David Guilbault

David Guilbault

Typewriter Exhibit

David Guilbault is a former award-winning network television news producer for ABC News. Mr. Guilbault was also a founding senior producer of cable news at Cable News Network in 1980 and internet news at in 1996. David is currently an essayist and a performing songwriter. (Photo by Donna Day.)

Sera Rabbett


Sera Rabbett is a singer songwriter from the UK. Performing heartfelt songs on life, love, politics and
spirituality, Sera delivers a passionate and powerful performance. Having performed all over the UK as a
touring artist, Sera is comfortable on stage performing her own songs or popular covers. Her percussive
guitar style and powerful voice can keep an audience captivated and interested in her unique style.

Jay Mason

Visual Artist

From solo, group and collaborative showings to private and community benefit commissions, Jay finds himself constantly creating. Jay's use of color is inventive and intense, and his paint strokes are bold; almost native in their expression of emotion. His eye is precise, and he focuses on his subjects in an almost calculated manner. As a result, he captures a sentiment in them that translates who, what or where they are in a single canvas. Jay is an American Artist who devotes his time to perfecting his craft as a painter by spending as much time as possible in his downtown studio in Pioneer Square. He frequently collaborates with the greater Seattle Arts community and the vibrant Seattle Art scene.




Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl.
S. Pioneer Square
Seattle, WA

Date and Time

Sat, August 18, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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