Speculating Us from Where We Stand: Writing Culture into Prose and Poetry

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


In “A Few Rules for Speculating the Future,” Octavia E. Butler wrote, "where we stand determines what we can see." Join the editors of the speculative anthology Infinite Constellations in a conversation with contributors exploring how culture informs their writing.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_-_Speculating_Us_from_Where_We_Stand.pdf



Shalewa Mackall is an artist and educator dedicated to liberatory creative practice. A 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, her publications include Infinite Constellations: Speculating Us (eds. Khadija Queen and K. Ibura), Obsidian, Peregrine Journal, Mom Egg Review, and Visible Poetry Project.

Shreya Ila Anasuya is a writer and researcher from Calcutta, India. Shreya's fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sword and Kettle Press, and the anthology Magical Woman (Hachette India). Her work has been recognized with an Otherwise Fellowship.

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books of poetry and hybrid prose, including Anodyne, Conduit, and I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. She teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.

K. Ibura is a writer from New Orleans—the traditional territory of the Chitimacha Tribe. She is author of two speculative short story collections and a middle grade novel. She is also coeditor of the identity and culture-focused anthology, Infinite Constellations. A YA novel is forthcoming.


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