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Octavia E. Butler Tarot Deck: A Conversation with adrienne maree brown and Krista Franklin, moderated by Julie E. Moody-Freeman (Online)

Wednesday, September 28, 6pm

adrienne maree brown and Krista Franklin share a love for Octavia E. Butler’s work. They recently collaborated on the The Octavia E. Butler Tarot Deck that is forthcoming with AK Press. Join them for an online conversation about Butler, tarot, and more, moderated by Julie E. Moody-Freeman.

adrienne maree brown is a writer, activist and facilitator, and author of Grievers (the first novella in a trilogy on the Black Dawn imprint); Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation; We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice; Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good; Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the co-host of the How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

Krista Franklin is a writer, performer, and visual artist, the author of Too Much Midnight (Haymarket Books, 2020), the artist book Under the Knife (Candor Arts, 2018), and the chapbook Study of Love & Black Body (Willow Books, 2012). She is a recipient of the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her visual art has been exhibited at DePaul Art Museum, Poetry Foundation, Konsthall C, Rootwork Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and the set of 20th Century Fox’s Empire. She is published in Poetry, Black Camera, The Offing, Vinyl, and a number of anthologies and artist books.

Julie E. Moody-Freeman is the Director of the Center for Black Diaspora, Co-Director of the Social Transformation Research Collaborative, and an Associate Professor in the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University. She is the co-editor of The Black Imagination, Science Fiction, and the Speculative and The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. Her work on African American Romance has appeared in Romance Fiction and American Culture, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, and the Journal for Popular Romance Studies. She is also the creator and host of the Black Romance Podcast, which is building an oral history on Black Romance writers.

This program is planned in conjunction with the exhibition Solo(s): Krista Franklin and supported by DePaul’s Women's Center, Center for Black Diaspora, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Department of History of Art and Architecture.

This is an online event. A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees following registration.

Image credit:
adrienne maree brown. Photo: Anjali Pinto
Krista Franklin. Photo: zakkiyyah nabeejah dumas o'neal