“Never has one book so thoroughly realized the dream of its namesake. Octavia’s Brood is the progeny of two lovers of Octavia Butler and their belief in her dream that science fiction is for everybody. In these pages we witness the power of sci-fi to map our visions of worlds we want, or don’t, through the imaginations of some of our favorite activists and artists. We hope this is the first of many generations of Octavia’s Brood, midwifed to life by such attentive editors. Butler could not wish for better evidence of her touch changing our literary and living landscapes. Play with these children, read these works, and find the children in you waiting to take root under the stars!” —Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson, Octavia E. Butler LegacyMoya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson
MEET THE EDITORS
EDITOR OF OCTAVIA'S BROOD
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.
– From octaviasbrood.com
adrienne maree brown
EDITOR OF OCTAVIA'S BROOD
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 as well as learning the doula path, her steady identity has been writer, penning words that are from the heart.
She is now a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. She’s written for Africana (now Black AOL), Wiretapmag.org, Alternet.org, HuffingtonPost.com, Feministing.com, Washingtonpost.com, Racewire.org, Left Turn; Race, 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.