Stephen H. Segal is the new editorial and creative director of Weird Tales. He has been an editor at WQED's Pittsburgh Magazine, a publication designer for Carnegie Mellon University, a regional judge for the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators competition, and a writer for Philadelphia Weekly. He currently serves on the board of the Interstitial Arts Foundation and designs covers for Juno Books. A native of Atlantic City, Stephen now lives outside Washington, D.C.
Back when he was editor of the alternative newsweekly InPittsburgh, Stephen Segal's colleagues used to gently tease that all of his story ideas were based on strange analogies and juxtapositions -- e.g., "Meet the artificial-heart researcher who gets all his ideas while he's busy inventing an electric harmonica!" "Here's what Samuel Delany's science fiction has in common with surrealist video installation art!" Stephen, who believes strongly in the transcendent and often untapped interstitial power of "the imagination culture," responded by writing more profiles of creative problem-solving teachers, ministers who marry transgendered couples, and Warren Zevon. He has been an editor at WQED's Pittsburgh Magazine, a regional judge for the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators competition, a publication designer for Carnegie Mellon University, a Chancellor's Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, and an Odyssey of the Mind world finalist. Currently Stephen serves as creative director for the Wildside Press magazine group, including Weird Tales (currently undergoing a 21st-century renaissance), Fantasy Magazine, and H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror. He also designs book covers for the company's Prime and Juno imprints.
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|Fri||1200||Basics of Book Design and Publishing||There's nothing quite like reading (or holding) a really beautiful book. The cover design, interior illustrations, type face, layout, and even paper quality all contribute to the experience. What goes into creating a satisfyingly artistic volume? How does it effect the experience of the reader? What are your favorite books?||Dave HOWELL, Jennie FARIES, John D. BERRY, Kelly BUEHLER, Stephen SEGAL|
|Sun||1000||Is Fantasy Necessary?||We never would have flown without Icarus. Alchemy came before nanotech. But fantasy is mired in kings and cookie-cutter dragons not the dreams, concerns and requirements of modern life. Fantasy can be seen as anti-democratic and racist. How can fantasy address the complexities of the 21st century? Should it?||Anne HARRIS, Delia SHERMAN, Esther FRIESNER, Kirsten (KJ) BISHOP, Stephen SEGAL|
|Sun||1200||Interstitial Arts Foundation||"Art that crosses boundaries." What does this mean? What does it include? Why does it need a Foundation? What can the Foundation accomplish? A talk about the Foundation, it's accomplishments and goals. http://www.interstitialarts.org/||Alma ALEXANDER, Delia SHERMAN, Ellen KUSHNER, Stephen SEGAL|