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Each footstep for Black women is a coup in an ever-changing landscape. It creates a rhythm that causes the dust to rise and the ground cry out. It is women who carry this song in their bones. It will be art they birth.
Afro-Futurism is the alchemy of storytelling and healing. African-centered fiction is a space where writers can come together and unpack themselves and fully unfold, nurturing those sacred places we’ve kept packed away so long we have lost their names. It is the bridgework of engaging in the creative process of telling our own story.
Afro-Futurism: An Act of Defiance will delve into speculative and experimental fiction to create worlds that reflect the reimagining of current and future existence. Exploring the spiritual, magic realms, oral literature, fantasy, and critical analysis of culture and history, an individual and collaborative work of art will be created. Each week, based on a theme, you will develop a piece of writing collaboratively through a mix of forums, selected texts/excepts, artwork, and discussion to inspire your own unique story.
A reading list, links, and outline will be provided.
Open to beginner and intermediate writers.
All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.
Sannii Crespina-Flores has been a teaching artist, advocate, and activist for youth and women for more than twenty years, but it is the space between pen and paper that she finds sanctuary. A member of the Writers Guild of America(East) Indie Caucus and founder of the Un-Inhibited Muse Film Festival, the global youth initiative Do Remember Me, and the art collaborative Yram Collective, she is committed to building community, sharing the art of storytelling, and bearing witness through archiving. She has received grants and awards to create works for independent television and cultural organizations. She has written two books of poetry, an audiobook that debuted in South Africa and London, and a book of short stories currently on Amazon Books. She was awarded the grand prize for the short story challenge at the 15th Sundance Film Festivals and her work has been published in 50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters, Black Female Photographers, midnight & indigo, Root Journal and received the MVICW Author and Barbara Neely Fellowship. She has also contributed to academic publications and created learning guides for TED-Ed, National Geographic, and the Hip Hop Education Center.