Black Speculative Fiction
From Ashwin Mathew on October 31st, 2020
Like many parts of our lives, the cultural artifacts
that shape our imaginations – films, books, and so on – are shaped by
relationships of race. Join us for a free-wheeling conversation between
Black speculative fiction authors, Hamza Mohamed and Ayize Jama-Everett,
for an exploration of the role and importance of Black voices in
shaping our collective imaginations of the present, and possible
futures. Recorded on October 31st 2020.
Hamza Mohamed launched his own
publishing imprint, Wings of Crows in the beginning of 2020 with his
debut novel Abeed: Dreams of a Lost Nation, the first of a trilogy. His
work weaves stories from East Africa and it’s diasporas. With Wing of
Crows, Hamza hopes to build a platform for Black writers as well put an
emphasis on Black protagonists in fiction. You can find him on Twitter @HajimeNoHamza.
Jama-Everett was born in 1974 in Harlem New York. He holds three
Master’s degrees (Divinity, Psychology, and creative writing), and has
worked as a bookseller, professor, and therapist. He desires to create
stories that people want to read, and he believes the narratives of our
times dictate future realities. Three of his books have been published
by Small Beer Press – The Liminal series – with another on the way.
He’s published a graphic novel with noted artist John Jennings,
entitled The Box of Bones, and a graphic novel adaptation of The Count
of Monte Cristo is forthcoming from Abrams Press. Shorter works can be
found in The Believer, LA review of books, and Racebaitr. You can find him on Twitter @AyizeJamaEveret.