Thursday, August 27, 2020

African American Writers Support Group Issues Its First Journal

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Nationwide  The Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF) has published the first issue of its journal, Chosen Realities, featuring creators who specialize in Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, history, and magical realism to recapture and revise history that was lost to, or rather taken from, the African diaspora. The stories, poems, screenplays, interviews, art, and commentary offer unique as well as provocative visions of the diversity of our global society inspired during this COVID-19 epoch.

According to Stafford Battle, contributor, “It is important that we take a deep breath and consider innovative actions to survive the situation we are stuck in. Artists are always on the frontline of revolution. We must listen to our artists. I feel honored to being a part of the Summer 2020 DWASF Journal.”

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DWASF President Wright says, “There are people of color in the future, whether it’s a space opera future, a cyberpunk future, or a parallel universe future, we’re there. We’re heroes, we’re villains, we’re time travelers, and more. And aspiring writers of color can place themselves in those futures without fear of being marginalized.”

Contributors include Stafford Battle, Berit Ellingsen, John Edward Lawson, B. Sharise Moore, LH Moore, Chad Eric Smith, L. Marie Wood, and K. Ceres Wright.

“The Summer 2020 Journal of the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction has something for every lover of speculative fiction. With immersive and imaginative short stories, impactful poetry, commentary on the genre, and peppered with interviews, this collection is a must read.” -- Kenesha Williams, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine

Chosen Realities is a robust collection of prose, poetry, and essays that displays the depth of talented authors who comprise DWASF. The varied genres and writing forms represented in this journal allow the members to flex their literary muscles to the fullest, resulting in an engaging and entertaining tome. Reading Chosen Realities was well worth the time spent.” -- Milton J. Davis, Black Fantastic Author and Owner of MVMedia, LLC

“In this age of uncertainty, this book proves to be a welcome diversion from reality. Some of the most talented writers of our century have shared their handiwork in this book. I highly recommend the works of these contributors in this book and recommend seeking them out for their other writings as well; you won’t be disappointed.” -- Jarvis Sheffield, Founder of Black Science Fiction Society

Chosen Realities is available on Amazon in e-book and print versions. For more information, go to the DWASF website at

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