What will the future look like in 50 years? How about 1,000? In this class, you’ll be given the tools to imagine a new future for your city, your community, or your world. What will home look like in the future? What cultures will rise or fall? What characters will populate these worlds and what technologies will they create? Speculative fiction allows us to consider how the past gives rise to the future and what the future can tell us about today. Together we will study passages from speculative and Afrofuturistic works such as Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI, generate characters and stories, and imagine entirely new worlds.
Instructor: Afrofuturist Isaiah Hunt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. When he isn't writing or making music, he's daydreaming about worlds above and below our own and sharing his love of storytelling with others. Currently, he is a second-year at the Northeast Ohio Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction and a graduate teaching assistant for both Kent State University and the Wick Poetry Center. Hunt's favorite authors are Sun Ra, Daniel Jose Older, and Nnedi Okorafor.