"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
OAKLAND—For the third in our series of fundraisers, Beast Crawl Literary Festival will be featuring local Black speculative writers and poets in an extraordinary evening event called Galactic Rivers, An AfroFuturist Journey. It will be an immersive, multi-media evening of AfroFuturist Poetry and Fiction, planned for 7:00PM Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 at Intersection for the Arts at 1446 Market St, San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30. We strongly suggest you get there early to grab a seat!
Our stage will be transformed into the observation deck of a galactic star cruiser, helmed by a select group of Space Captains to guide an audience through the cosmos to a reality of their design. There will be live ambient music and film projection to provide an unmatched and entirely immersive environment for your enjoyment. The evening will be co-hosted by literary luminaries of Black speculative fiction Audrey Williams, Director of Ancestral Futures and Kevin Dublin, Director of Living Room SF Reading Series.
The Bay Area musical ensemble lay/lie (laylie.bandcamp.com) will provide a subtle synthesizer drone, space reverb guitar, ambient vocals, and visuals of galaxies broadcast on a screen.
This event is part of the fundraiser series leading up to the 2023 Beast Crawl Literary Festival. All donations will support the resurgence of the annual Beast Crawl celebration of literature as we work to return to pre-covid splendor.
Founded in 2012 by a group of writers, Beast Crawl’s mission is to promote the literary arts in the East Bay and to provide a platform for diverse voices to be heard.
This exhibit is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.