Nino Cipri Receives 2014 Working Class Grant from SLF

Nino Cipri of Chicago has received the 2014 Working Class Grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $750 award can be applied by the writer for any purpose that benefits their work.

A 2014 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, Nino’s speculative fiction has been, or will shortly be, published by, Fireside Fiction, Betwtixt, Daily Science Fiction, the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and the Eunoia Review. Nino also reads submissions for Crossed Genres Magazine, and has authored book reviews for Strange Horizons and the Future Fire.

Currently a part-time mechanic at Divvy, Chicago’s public bicycle transit company, Nino grew up in a working class family that struggled with poverty.

About Nino’s story submitted for award consideration, “The Shape of My Name,” jurors said, “This is a very original story, with an unusual take on time travel as well as gender and transgender issues . . . . pitch perfect. Very polished and potent.”

Jurors for the 2014 Working Class Grant include Linda Wight, Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, Rebecca Gibson, Andrea Hull, Jim Frenkel, Michael Lowrey, James Nicoll, Irene Nexica, Jake Casella, Fateh Singh, and Malon Edwards, Managing Director and Grants Administrator for the Foundation.

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