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Black Futurists Speak is the literary component of the Black Futurist Project, an arts, community, and technology collaboration featuring forward thinking black artists. Featuring Kwan Booth, James Cagney, Jezebel Delilah X, Maisha Z. Johnson, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Shawn Taylor. blackfuturistproject.org
Kwan Booth is a poet, journalist, new media writer, and editor of Black Futurists Speak: New Black Writing and The Soul of Oakland. boothism.org
Oakland poet and Cave Canem fellow James Cagney has been published in Eleven-Eleven, Ambush Review, and Sparring with the Beatnik Ghosts.
Jezebel Delilah X is a faerie-princess-mermaid-gangsta’ for the revolution!
Maisha Z. Johnson is a queer poet and activist with an MFA from Pacific University. She writes about social change at maishazjohnson.com.
Sonya Renee Taylor is an international poetry slam champion, founder of The Body is Not An Apology, and creator of the RUHCUS Project.
Shawn Taylor is author of LovePunk Manifesto and a lecturer on interdisciplinary humanities, critical cultural studies, media, propaganda, popular culture, and speculative fiction.