Fall 2020

#ObsidianVoices


Celebrating artistic excellence in the African Diaspora online and beyond

Join us for our  Fall 2020 #ObsidianVoices lineup:

  • SEP 25 @ 7PM EST  Speculating Futures: Black Imagination FEATURING Walidah Imarisha, Reynaldo Anderson & Arthur Flowers
    Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • OCT 23 @ 7PM EST – See What I’m Saying Is: A Live Reading FEATURING Chaun Webster & LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
    Moderated by Douglas Kearney
  • NOV 6 @ 7PM EST – Speculating Futures: Afrofuturism FEATURING Olivia E. Raymond, Milton Davis, Nicole Givens Kurtz &
    Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki Moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • NOV 13 @ 7PM EST – Eye Heard That!: A Live Reading FEATURING avery r. young & Rosamond S. King
    Moderated by Douglas Kearney

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About the Artists

Walidah Imarisha

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Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer, slush reader, and editor. He was awarded an honorable mention, twice in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. His short story won the Nommo award for best short story by an African. He has been published in African WriterOmenana magazine, Selene QuarterlyCosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresUncanny MagazineStrange Horizons, and Tor. He co-edited the Invictus QuarterlySelene Quarterly, and Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Walidah Imarisha

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Nicole Givens Kurtz is an author, educator, and publisher. Over 40 of her short stories have been published and several novels. Nicole has also worked with independent publishers such as Serial Box, White Wolf, and Eldritch Century for fictionalized stories of their worlds. She’s the publisher of Mocha Memoirs Press, a small publishing company devoted to amplifying marginalized voices in speculative fiction.

Dr Reynaldo Anderson

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Olivia E. Raymond holds an MA in Public History from the University of Louisville, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Pan-African Studies from the same school. Under the pen name Zelda Knight, she has published over one hundred authors, artists, and poets from around the world under her publishing company, AURELIA LEO, dedicated to diverse speculative fiction (horror, science fiction, and fantasy). She is the co-editor of Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora (AURELIA LEO, 2020). Keep in touch on social media @AuthorZKnight. Or, visit www.zeldaknight.com.

Dr Reynaldo Anderson

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Milton Davis is a Black Fantastic fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in science fiction and fantasy based on African/African Diaspora culture, history, and traditions. Milton is the author of nineteen novels; his most recent is the post apocalyptic adventure Gunman’s Peace. He is the editor and co-editor of nine anthologies. Milton’s work had also been featured in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, Skelos 2: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Volume 2, Steampunk Writers Around the World published by Luna Press, and Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Volume Two. His Steamfunk story The Swarm was nominated for the 2017 British Science Fiction Award. You can contact Milton Davis from his website: www.miltonjdavis.com

Walidah Imarisha

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 Moderator

Sheree Renée Thomas is coming to us from Memphis, Tennessee. She is a poet, writer, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth, folklore, and the natural sciences. She is the author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, 2020). She is also the author of two multigenre/hybrid fiction and poetry collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life, longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and Shotgun Lullabies (Aqueduct Press). She edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning volumes, Dark Matter, that first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’s work as science fiction and was the first black author to be honored with the World Fantasy Award since its inception in 1975. A Cave Canem Fellow, her essays and poems have appeared in the New York Times and other publications. She serves as the associate editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. Connect: IG/FB: @shereereneethomas or Twitter:@blackpotmojo

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