Eastern New Mexico University to Host 46th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship

46th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship

Eastern New Mexico University to Host 46th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship

Portales, NM – April 3, 2023- Eastern New Mexico University proudly presents the 46th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship April 13-15, 2023, featuring guest of honor, author, and two-time Hugo Award winner Arkady Martine.

Martine is a true superstar in the world of science fiction and fantasy. Martine's debut novel, the first in the Teixcalaan duology, "A Memory Called Empire," won the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Its sequel, "A Desolation Called Peace," won the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the 2022 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Martine's latest published work, "Rose/House," was just released on March 30, and "Prescribed Burn" is slated to be released later this year. Martine is also the author of a multitude of short stories and various other science fiction, fantasy, & horror.

"This year marks the 46th of the Williamson Lectureship, and we are thrilled to bring Arkady Martine as our guest of honor," said David Sweeten, chair of the Williamson Lectureship. "Martine has a range of varied interests in addition to her Hugo Award-winning work, including a Ph.D. in Byzantine history and her current work as a climate change mitigation specialist for the city of Santa Fe. We look forward to our community coming together to hear her speak in person at the lectureship next week."

This year's lectureship is packed with panel discussions, readings, film presentations, and games, which are free and open to the public. The annual Jack Williamson luncheon on Friday, April 14, where you will hear Arkady Martine speak, is only $12 and requires advanced reservations.

Since 1977, Eastern New Mexico University has hosted a lectureship in honor of Dr. Jack Williamson, the "dean" of Science Fiction. Since then, writers, editors, artists, and other speakers have gathered at ENMU every spring to share ideas, insights, and work with students, readers, viewers, creators, collectors, and fans.

"ENMU is fortunate to have such a connection with the work and legacy of Jack Williamson, a true master of his art," said James Johnston, president of ENMU. "The continuation of his lectureship honors a core tenant of a university, to encourage creativity, imagination, and scholarly discussions."

For more information on the Jack Williamson lectureship, visit enmu.edu/JWL.