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Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Tuesdays, January 14 – February 4, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m. (4 sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

With the growing interest in speculative fiction, several writers have worked to deconstruct popular tropes to examine contemporary social issues. Octavia Butler’s modern classic, Kindred, is a science fiction novel that uses time travel to reposition the slave narrative as a speculative work.  The story begins when the main character, Dana, is transported to the antebellum South. There, the book creates a story that explores history and family legacies while deconstructing ideas of slavery. Octavia E. Butler is a multiple award winning writer whose accolades include a MacArthur Grant and multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards.The Parable series becomes especially relevant in the current political climate.

Reading List: Kindred by Octavia Butler

 

Christopher Rose

Christopher Rose is originally from Seattle, Washington, and he teaches poetry, African American Literature, and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. His poems have appeared in Fjords Review: Black American EditionThe Pariahs AnthologyYellow Chair ReviewTAYO Literary MagazineThe Hawaii Review, and others.  He is a NEH Summer Institute Scholar and a Cave Canem Fellow.
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