adrienne maree brown

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adrienne maree brown’s work evolves at the intersection of emergence and complex sciences, science fiction and social justice. adrienne sees Detroit as a post-apocalyptic city full of magic and resilience, a contested land where the future must be claimed, dreamed, articulated and practiced by those who understand the city and love the history and potential of this place.

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Date/Time Event Category
Apr 18th
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
"Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator" Literary Artist
Apr 18th
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
"Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements" Multiple Artists
Apr 18th
8:00 pm-11:00 pm
Reception & Release Party, "Octavia's Brood" Literary Artist


adrienne is in an ongoing effort to understand how to collaborate at the most intimate level, as a political act. Most of the projects she’s working on are gatherings for creating, deepening the connections between others through collaborative ideation and creation. On April 18, Detroit will have an opportunity to experience several aspects of adrienne’s collaborative work, starting with a Science Fiction and Social Multimedia Presentation that will feature writers from Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, the anthology that adrienne co-edited with Walidah Imarisha, out on AK Press in April 2015. This anthology features the works of known science fiction writers including LeVar Burton, Tananarive Due, and Terry Bisson, alongside writing from social justice organizers and thinkers including Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dani McClain, Leah Lakshmi Piezna-Samarinha and more. These writers will be joined by artists and activists who participated in the Detroit Sci-Fi Generator Writing Salons that adrienne hosted in 2014, as well as youth from the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, who have created a sci-fi comic Future of Detroit project with adrienne as one of their 2015 school projects. Amongst others, Detroit Visionary Fiction Generator will showcase Autumn Brown, Oren Goldenberg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, dream hampton, Walidah Imarisha, Dani McClain, and Gabriel Teodros.

Following this will be one of the best parties of all time, the official Detroit release party for Octavia’s Brood, featuring local DJs and a host of micro-performances from anthology writers and local artists such as Mike Medow, Tunde Olaniran, and others.


i create a lot because i feel a lot. the spectrum of experienced emotion makes me need to create, to reflect on what it is to be alive, to be self-aware, to be healing, to be a healer.

i am a science fiction writer, and i write about everything else too: love, life, children, Detroit, movement building, world changing, bodies, music, art. i make art, i sing songs, i scribble poems. i dream waking and sleeping. i facilitate social justice work and in that way i serve warriors – loving and supporting them is my weapon and armor. i am a doula, healer and good witch. learning my own magic, i am learning how magical the world is.

the things that are sacred to me include witnessing emergence – the complexity of the world continuing to burst forward from simple interactions. every single time it gets me. and eye contact, with anyone, especially children…being really present in the actual moment. black people, blackness is sacred to me. the journeys from village to diaspora, lost to found, hatred to love that epitomize our experience feel fundamental to the arc of human evolution. pleasure is sacred, i see it as a crucial path to liberation – relinquish all myth of control, be in the skin, feel interconnected.

i am finishing a novel about grief in Detroit, and in writing it i find myself drawn to pleasure – we stay in this city and we build a pleasure dome of cast off auto parts, lush gardens and tears. i am learning to trust change. my mentors are octavia”’all that you touch you change” butler and grace lee “transform yourself to transform the world” boggs, and my nephew and nieces who demand that i witness their wonders and growth. i am in love with my family, with my community, and i hope they see that love throughout my work.


Autumn Brown, Oren Goldenberg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, The Grace and James Lee Boggs School, dream hampton, Walidah Imarisha, Mike Medow, Dani McClain, Tunde Olaniran, Gabriel Teodros


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