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On Wednesday, September 20th, from 3 pm - 4:30 pm, as part of the 2nd Annual Sturgeon Symposium, please join the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity in partnership with the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the Spencer Museum of Art for A Meditation on “Speech Sounds” — A Collage Zine Workshop with Olaronke Akinmowo of The Free Black Women’s Library.


In this workshop, participants will read and discuss the apocalyptic short story “Speech Sounds,” written and published by Octavia E. Butler in 1983.


Participants will then create a zine using text, hand-cut images, and graphics that illustrate their reflections on this work, as well as where they see themselves in this story.


A PDF of “Speech Sounds” will be available for attendees.



Olaronke Akinmowo (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in collage, papermaking, printmaking, and stop-motion animation. She is also a Set Decorator/Dresser for Film & TV and the Creator/Director of The Free Black Women's Library, a social art project that features a collection of over five thousand books written by Black women and Black non-binary folks, as well as a wide array of free public programming, a virtual Reading Club and a weekly book swap.

Her work prioritizes the liberation, safety, health, and care of Black women and Black marginalized folks. Through it, she expands/creates radical and loving narratives that explore the beauty and complications of  Black life.  She is guided by the principles of nature and ritual and deeply believes in the transformative power of literacy and community. She has received notable artist fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, BRIC Arts, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Shop, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Teen Vogue, Oprah magazine, BUST magazine, and The Drew Barrymore Show.  A proud mom, union member,  cultural worker, busybody, book fairy, plant fiend, and dance machine, she lives and thrives in Brooklyn, NYC. Follow her @thefreeblackwomenslibrary join her bookish community and stay connected.



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