galactic rivers, an afrofuturist journey
For the third in our series of fundraisers, Beast Crawl Literary Festival will be featuring local Black speculative writers and poets in an extraordinary evening event called Galactic Rivers, An AfroFuturist Journey. It will be an immersive, multi-media evening of AfroFuturist Poetry and Fiction, planned for 7:00PM Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 at Intersection for the Arts at 1446 Market St, San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30. We strongly suggest you get there early to grab a seat!
Our stage will be transformed into the observation deck of a galactic star cruiser, helmed by a select group of Space Captains to guide an audience through the cosmos to a reality of their design. There will be live ambient music and film projection to provide an unmatched and entirely immersive environment for your enjoyment. The evening will be co-hosted by literary luminaries of Black speculative fiction Audrey Williams, Director of Ancestral Futures and Kevin Dublin, Director of Living Room SF Reading Series.
The Bay Area musical ensemble lay/lie (laylie.bandcamp.com) will provide a subtle synthesizer drone, space reverb guitar, ambient vocals, and visuals of galaxies broadcast on a screen.
This event is part of the fundraiser series leading up to the 2023 Beast Crawl Literary Festival. All donations will support the resurgence of the annual Beast Crawl celebration of literature as we work to return to pre-covid splendor.
Founded in 2012 by a group of writers, Beast Crawl’s mission is to promote the literary arts in the East Bay and to provide a platform for diverse voices to be heard.
Beast Crawl Literary Festival is funded by donations from individuals and businesses. Beast Crawl is fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts EIN # 94-1593216
This event was made possible in part by a grant from California Humanities; Cal Hum. Cal Hum is a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California.
California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit www.calhum.org, or follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Take a seat on the observation platform
on our star cruiser of the mind
and experience the finest voices
in Black speculative fiction.
Our roster of Space Captains:
Audrey T. Williams is a speculative literary artist writing poetry, fiction, and memoir. She is Co-chair of Speculative Literature Foundation’s SF Bay Chapter and a Board Member of the Black Speculative Arts Movement’s Oakland Chapter. Audrey writes from her ancestral heritage at the cultural intersection of Southern Black America and South Asian post-colonialism.
Kevin Dublin is an educator, economic justice advocate, and poet. As Director of Litquake’s Elder Writing Project & founder of The Living Room, he’s committed to helping nurture emerging writers of all ages. He is a Writers Studio Ralph Dickey Scholar and has received fellowships, grants, and awards from the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and more. His words have recently appeared in The San Franciscan, Cincinnati Review, & NCLR. Kevin is the author of How to Fall in Love in San Diego (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and Eulogy (Raven & Wren Press, 2023). He resides in San Francisco, holds an MFA from San Diego State, and for a little Black boy from Smithfield, NC, believes he has been brought a mighty long way.
Tureeda Mikell, story medicine woman, poet, educator, activist for holism, is a U. C. B. BAWP Fellow, author of Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine; released in 2020, coauthor and curator of EastSide Arts Alliance’s, Patrice Lumumba Anthology, released 2021, both by Nomadic Press, and MoAD 2022 poet in residence.
Alie Jones is a self-care advocate, writer, artist, and Creole mermaid. She is Co-founder and Director of Black Freighter Press, a revolutionary press committed to the exploration of liberation, using art to transform consciousness. Alie graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Mills College. She is the host of the podcast called Chit Chat with Aliecat, a platform to explore self-care practices and journeys of self-love in community.
Bisexual artist/activist Juba Kalamka is most recognized for his work with performance troupes Sins Invalid and Mangos With Chili and as co-founder and producer of the queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC). His writing appears in numerous journals and anthologies including The Yale Anthology of Rap (2010),Queer and Trans Artists of Color: The Stories of Some of Our Lives (2014) Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men (Bisexual Resource Center, 2015) and Hustling Verse: An anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry(Arsenal Pulp Press 2019). His first full-length poetry anthology, Son of Byford (Nomadic Press) and his debut album with queer nü metal/rap-rock collective COMMANDO (Kill Rock Stars) were released in 2022.
Thaddeus Howze is an award-winning writer, editor, and podcaster creating speculative fiction, scientific, political and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. He is currently a video game writer at the transmedia company, DJ2 Entertainment. Thaddeus' speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He has published two books, Hayward's Reach (2011), a collection of short stories and Broken Glass (2013), an urban fantasy novella starring his favorite paranormal investigator, Clifford Engram. He is also the creator of a technique-development series of essays called Writing Craft: Mastering the Urge to Write.
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