Melinda LaFevers

Melinda LaFevers is a Renaissance woman of many crafts and hobbies. She writes poetry, stories, songs, and plays music on a variety of instruments. She strongly believes in arts integration in education, and helps train teachers both as an Arkansas A+ Fellow and as an Arkansas Arts in Education residency artist. She incorporates music and storytelling in her historical interpretation programs, “Life in a Castle” and “Life in a Log Cabin.” She occasionally blogs “Melinda’s Obscure Thoughts.”

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Integrating Math with Art

This is a creative approach to basic geometric shapes and graphing. Part 1: Learn to draw Celtic knot work with graphs. Part 2: Use the Victorian art form of quilling to explore geometric shapes. Professional development certificates for educators will be available on request. Ages 12 and up. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers

Tracks: STEM, Professional Development, Art, Workshop

5:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Tim Frayser

Panelists: Tim Frayser, Jan S. Gephardt, Melinda LaFevers, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

8:00 PM | Location: University AB

Performance: Bad Bards and Beyond

Enjoy the acoustic and vocal stylings of the Bad Bards during the World Peace Through Chocolate Art Show Reception.

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Mel. White, Melinda LaFevers, Margaret Middleton, Rie Sheridan Rose

Tracks: Music, Performing Arts

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Fantastic Connections

Stories explore the human condition in ways that help us think. Allegories analyze us and society. How does this work? Why are we so connected with fantastical people/places/stories? Can escaping into speculative fiction help us heal in the real world?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, J.H. Fleming, Melinda LaFevers, Bradley H Sinor, Tommy B. Smith, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Writing & Publishing, Film & TV

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Pirate Sing Along with Bad Bards and Beyond

Avast ye fen, there be filking and sea shantying in the main hall! Join the gleewomen of the Bad Bards and Beyond for this jaunty hour of music and more.

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers, Margaret Middleton, Rie Sheridan Rose, Mel. White

Tracks: Performing Arts, Music

3:00 PM | Location: University C

Poetry Readings & Open Mic

Two poems, or six minutes. Come share your poetry and listen to fellow poets in this open-mic forum reading session. Featuring readings from featured guest, Muriel Fahrion.

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Mark Alfred, David Carrico, Muriel Fahrion, Melinda LaFevers, Rie Sheridan Rose

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

4:00 PM | Location: University C

Open Filk Jam

Calling all filkers to join in for this round-robin filk music jam session! Listeners very welcome, too.

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers, Tim Frayser, Mel. White

Tracks: Fandoms, Performing Arts, Meetup, Music

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

How to Turn Fandom into Your Job

There's money to be made in being a geek artist/maker/writer etc., if you can turn your passion into your profession. Join our panelists as they discuss tips, tricks, and how-tos on how to turn your interests into income.

Moderator: Amber Hanneken

Panelists: Amber Hanneken, JR Daniels, Bekah June, Melinda LaFevers, Tracy S. Morris, David J. Pedersen

Tracks: Maker, Writing & Publishing, Podcasting, Art, Gaming, Business & Marketing, Cosplay

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Loving Loki: Tricksters and Other Cosmic Jokers

Sufi storytellers instruct with misleading tales; other fibbers just like to trick you, like Br’er Fox or Loki. Discuss those who itch to lead you astray, from dat ole debbil to America’s Coyote.

Moderator: Craig Wolf

Panelists: Craig Wolf, Rhonda Eudaly, Ash King, Melinda LaFevers, Ethan Nahté

Tracks: Writing & Publishing