Afrofuturism and the Black Speculative Arts

A Three-Part Virtual Series, 2nd Sundays

2pn (PST), 3pm (MT), 4pm (CST), and 5pm (EST)

Part 2, Sunday, November 8th

Panelists Include:


Samuel Delany,  Eugene Redmond, Dr. Grace Gipson, Dr. Glenn Parris,

and Dr. Ayana Jamieson

Moderated by Darrell Stover


Streaming Live on Facebook and YouTube


The Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Arts virtual series takes place on November 8, and December 13, the second Sundays of each month at 2pm (PST), 3pm (MT), 4pm (CST), and 5pm (EST).  Part 2 of the Series on Sunday, November 8 is a roundtable discussion, while the December program is the reading of poetry of an Afrofuturist immersion and is curated. The participants represent cultural and literary ambassadors discussing their work and what it means to be an Afrofuturist as well as how the Black Speculative Arts are impactful throughout the African Diaspora.


To register in advance for this program, please click onto:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The November 8th program will include Samuel Delany, the winner of four Nebula awards and two Hugo Awards for his excellence in Science Fiction. Delany was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. Delany is the author of memoirs, literary criticism, and fiction including Captives of the Flame (1963), Dhalgren (1975), Starboard Wine (1984), and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2012); Afrofuturist and rheumatologist Glenn Parris whose novel Dragon’s Heir will be republished by Outland Entertainment in 2021; Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, an academic, and the editor of Knees of a Natural Man: The Selected Poetry of Henry Dumas (October 2020); Hope Wabuke, a poet, writer, and assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who writes literary and cultural criticism for NPR; Avotcja, the award-winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City and uses Afrofuturistic themes in her writings and performances; Dr. Ayana Jamieson, the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network to preserve and promote research and scholarship on one of the preeminent science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century; and finally, Dr. Grace Gipson. a Black future feminist/pop culture scholar whose research explores Black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afrofuturism, and race and new media.


The 3-part series will end with a curated Afrofuturistic poetry reading on December 13 at 2 pm (PST). Poets reading include Ayodele Nzinga, devorah major, Eugene Redmond, Darrell Stover, Michael Warr, Avotcja, Lenard Moore, Len Lawson, Ishmael Reed, Staajabuz, Tureeda Mikell, Jerry Ward, Glenn Parris, and C. Liegh McInnis with Kim McMillon as moderator

The 3-part series will be streamed on Facebook, and YouTube and can be viewed on  If you would like more information on the program and authors, please contact Kim McMillon at



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