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Lenoir-Rhyne professor featured as guest editor
Lenoir-Rhyne professor featured as guest editor

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, has been named guest editor of the August 2017 edition of Apex Magazine, a themed double-issue focusing on works by Native American creators.

Apex Magazine highlights literary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and features original, mind-bending short fiction from many professionals in the field. Sturgis, who holds a doctorate degree in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, was invited to be a guest editor of the magazine's edition which features "A Celebration of Indigenous American Fantasists."

In preparation for the magazine issue, Sturgis spent more than a year preparing for this project. "I solicited contributions from Native authors across the United States and Canada, read the resulting works and chose from among them, and guided the authors through the revision process," Sturgis said. "I also assisted in building the issue, including choosing the cover art and recording the related podcast."

Sturgis specializes in both science fiction/fantasy and Indigenous American studies, and is the author of four books, including The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal, and Tecumseh: A Biography. She's also authored over sixty published essays, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Hocus Pocus Comics, and is one of the team members behind the StarShipSofa Podcast, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win science fiction's top honor, the Hugo Award. Her official website is amyhsturgis.com.

This edition includes four short stories, two interviews, a nonfiction essay, and cover art by Native creators, including Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Mushkegowuk Cree, Karuk, and Ojibwe Nakaweē contributors.

"As a professor, I am very interested in Indigenous Futurism, or the writing of speculative fiction by Native authors. By guest editing this all-Indigenous issue of Apex Magazine, I was able to share new, original works by some of the voices I find to be most powerful today; in short, I was able, in my own small way, to contribute to the movement. I couldn't be more thrilled with the exceptional writers represented in this issue."

In preparation for this academic year, Sturgis plans to use her recent work in the classroom.

"Each time I teach my 'Native American Experience' and 'Native American Film and Fiction' courses, I update the texts I use to include the most recent and meaningful works in the field. I knew as I put this issue of Apex together that it would be following me into the classroom," Sturgis said. "I can't wait to share these incredible stories with my students! I know they will inspire thoughtful conversations."

The eBook version is available to purchase or to view online at apex-magazine.com/issue-99-august-2017.