Saturday, June 29, 2013

Support the Octavia's Brood Anthology (featuring work by QBGs Moya and Lex and many others!!!)

Hey loved ones, 
  I wanted to give y'all the opportunity to support this exciting new anthology that we are so excited to be a part of!!!!  We are almost half-way to the financial goal!


Greetings! We are Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha, two community organizers, educators, writers and self-proclaimed nerds. We have individually and collectively been working to bridge the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice.
We thought there was no better way to do this than with our current book project: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. It’s an anthology of radical science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.

What We Need

We need to raise $8,277 to cover the cost of designing and printing the anthology (with a release date of summer 2014), as well as to fund a national tour where we will not only do readings of the anthology, but writing workshops and organizing strategy sessions where we can support communities turning their visionary ideas into concrete action!
We have received overwhelming support from everyone we tell about Octavia’s Brood. Because we believe in the principles of communities organizing and supporting themselves, we are turning to our strongest supporters and allies, our visionary community, to birth Octavia’s Brood into the world. 

What You Get

In exchange, we are offering some amazing gifts, from not only us the editors but from the writers and our community: exclusive songs by visionary hip hop artists Invincible and Gabriel Teodros only available here; an unreleased science fiction story by one of our amazing writers; hang outs with Octavia’s Brood editors or writers (realworld or virtual!), and more!
And everyone who contributes anything, even $1, will get a thank you in the book for being part of our visionary community, and creating the space for us to re-envision our movements and the world around us.

Other Ways You Can Help

There are 4 easy ways you can support Octavia’s Brood:
  1. Contribute to our campaign (and claim some of the great perks available!)
  2. Contribute airline miles for the tour and editors' meetings
  3. In-kind contributions for website support, promotional materials, app creation
  4. Spread the word!
We believe it is our right and our responsibility to dream new worlds, and then set about building them.

Origin Story

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista. She has shared the stage with Angela Davis, Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umar bin Hassan from The Last Poets, Boots Riley, Saul Williams, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and Kochiyama. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the hip hop anthology Total Chaos. Walidah has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in schools, community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons. She directed and co-produced the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has taught in the Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women’s Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department.
Adrienne Maree Brown has been fanning the flame of Octavia Butler love through workshops and strategic readers for the past several years. She is approaching Octavia's work through the lens of emergent strategy - strategies rooted in relationship, adaptability, and embracing change. Adrienne started writing when she was 2, won her first essay contest in the 6th grade, and was blogging 5000 people before blogs existed. Writing is her first passion, and throughout an incredible journey of social justice and movement facilitation, her steady identity has been writer, penning words that are from the heart. She's written for Africana (now Black AOL),,,,,,, Left TurnRace, Poverty and Ecology; and Yes.  Now, Adrienne primarily and sometimes prolifically writes for her own blog - The Luscious Satyagraha, which has a readership of thousands - tracking her own personal and cultural transformation.