As part of Literary Cleveland's new Amplify Projects series, we are offering a free class on Afrofuturism taught by writer and spring intern Isaiah Hunt.
In a world where the future is now, Afrofuturism blends black culture and sci-fi themes into one beautiful genre. It has been seen in the works of recent hit movies Get Out and Black Panther, and the popular TV show Lovecraft Country. But where did Afrofuturism begin? How does it differ from science fiction? In this class, we will traverse the history of Afrofuturism and challenge our perception of sci-fi in a new way. From dark dystopias to black utopias, we’ll explore authors such as W.E.B. Dubois, Octavia Butler, Sun Ra, and other black sci-fi writers who’ve taken their stories to the stars and introduced the idea that the future is in color. It’s time for tomorrow’s fiction to celebrate blackness.
This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.
Isaiah Hunt was born and raised in Cleveland. An Afrofuturist at heart, his favorite writers are Sun Ra, Daniel Jose Older, and Nnedi Okarafor. He is a second-year in Fiction at the NEOMFA Program and a graduate teaching assistant for both Kent State University and the Wick Poetry Center. Isaiah is a spring 2021 Literary Cleveland intern and loves sharing his obsession with storytelling with others.