Inlandia Institute is proud to present, as part of its Blacklandia Event Series, “The Future is Black: Poetry, Afrofuturism, and Experimentation” with Nikia Chaney, Lisa Henry, and Cassidy Parong.
When we join African American culture with technology and the future we get Afrofuturism, a genre shaped by an ideology of “Blackness” as it can be far, far in the future. In this discussion, Nikia Chaney, Lisa Henry, and Cassidy Parong will explore ideas of Afrofuturism as it relates to literature, poetry, and visual style. There will also be some special announcements about the return of shufpoetry.
And bring your afrocentric/futuristic/psychedelic/science fiction/outerspace/funk poems for the open mic starting at 3:00 PM!
Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018) Nikia Chaney is the author of the poetry collection "us mouth" and two chapbooks, "Sis Fuss" and "ladies, please". She has served as and founding editor of shufpoetry and Jamii Publishing.
An independent curator based in Southern California, Lisa Henry was formerly Assistant Curator for American Art at the Newark Museum and guest curator and art consultant for institutions on both the east and west coasts including the Riverside Art Museum.
Cassidy Parong is a student at Cabrillo College, studying the intersection of creative writing, dance, and political theory. As both a poet and a trained linguist, Cassidy is passionate about reconstructing language and notions around language.