Author Octavia Butler leans against a shelf in a bookstore filled with books she wrote
MFP Voices

Octavia E. Butler Mined Her Boundless Curiosity, Forging A New Vision For Humanity

A pioneering writer in a genre long dominated by white men, Octavia E. Butler’s work explored power structures, shifting definitions of humanity and alternative societies. In an interview, English language and literature professor Alyssa Collins explains how Butler’s boundless curiosity inspired the author’s work, and how Butler’s experiences as a Black woman drew her to “humans who must deal with the edges or ends of humanity.”

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Abstracted illustration of four brown women of various ages against a purple background
BWC Voices

The Love of Mississippi Women Restored Village COVID-19 Broke

Shanina Carmichael reflects on her experiences as a woman, mother and wife during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the love from her village of Mississippi women continues to guide and uplift her despite the many challenges her family endured. “Losing access to schools, childcare providers and friend groups was more frightening to me than the disease itself,” Carmichael writes.

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