Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined

Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined

Monday, August 07, 2023 - 7:00PM ET
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Celebrate the release of Fit for the Gods with editor Jenn Northington, in conversation with contributors Juliana Spink Mills, Marika Bailey, and Valerie Valdes!

Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined

An anthology of gender-bent, queered, race-bent, and inclusive retellings from the enchanting and eternally popular world of Greek myth, featuring stories by:

Marika Bailey • Alyssa Cole • Zoraida Córdova • Maya Deane • Sarah Gailey • Zeyn Joukhadar • Mia P. Manansala • Juliana Spink Mills • Susan Purr • Taylor Rae • Jude Reali • Suleikha Snyder • Valerie Valdes • S. Zainab Williams • Wen Wen Yang

Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Aphrodite, and the other denizens of Mount Olympus feel almost as present and larger than life today as they did when they were worshipped as gods. Humanity has been telling and retelling stories about the characters from Greek and Roman myth for centuries—heck, the Romans liked the Hellenic originals so much, they remade them faster than Marvel remakes Spider-Man movies. And from Virgil's Aeneid to Xena: Warrior Princess to Percy Jackson to The Song of Achilles, the obsession has never waned.

Yet Fit for the Gods shows how these stories still have a power of metamorphosis that would impress Ovid. Brave, bold, and groundbreaking, the stories in Fit for the Gods will be like ambrosia for those craving fresh interpretations of their favorite myths, and give long-time fans a chance to finally see themselves in these beloved legends.

Jenn Northington is the co-editor of the Locus Award-nominated anthology Sword Stone Table, a former bookseller, and a current reviewer, podcaster, and editor with Riot New Media Group.

Anglo-Brazilian author Juliana Spink Mills was born in London and grew up in São Paulo. Now they live in the United States, where they write speculative fiction and have a soft spot for making their characters suffer. Juliana’s stories have appeared in several anthologies, including the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Not All Monsters. Besides writing, Juliana works as a Portuguese-English translator and as a library assistant. You can find them online at jspinkmills.com.

Marika Bailey is an Afro-Caribbean author, designer, and illustrator. Her fiction has previously appeared in FIYAH, Fantasy Magazine, Apparition Lit, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons. Given a book of unabridged Greek myths at a very impressionable age, she’s been writing ever since. A graduate of Yale University with a degree in fine arts, Marika lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and the softest cat in the world.

Valerie Valdes lives in an elaborate meme palace with her husband and kids, where she writes, edits, and moonlights as a Muse. When she isn’t working, she enjoys playing video games and admiring the outdoors from the safety of her living room. Her debut novel, Chilling Effect, was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award and was named one of Library Journal’s best science fiction/fantasy novels of 2019. Valerie is coeditor of Escape Pod, and her short fiction and poetry have been featured in Uncanny magazine and Nightmare magazine.