Ancestral Futures is a non-profit, speculative literary arts and education organization, fiscally sponsored through 501(c)3 partnerships.

We amplify the writing of emerging and established speculative storytellers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) by funding and producing literary events (discussion panels, public readings, author interviews, book clubs), craft and critique workshops, as well as publishing opportunities.

We promote speculative literature as a path for preserving diaspora-descended cultural arts heritage and as a catalyst that fuels wonder, encourages vivid imagination, invokes magic, and promotes innovative futures thinking.

We design curricula and provide professional development training to strategically connect our community with income-generating opportunities as multi-cultural creative talent.

Ancestral Futures is a community-based offering that grew out of conversations between Audrey T. Williams and Jasmine H. Wade who met in Rochelle Spencer’s Afrosurreal Writers Workshop in Oakland.


We dedicate this work to honor the lineages of our literary, lyrical ancestors who directly influenced us, and who paved the way for the fierce creative expression of BIPOC radical imaginations, such as Toni Cade Bambara, Octavia Butler, Lucille Clifton, Zora Neale Hurston, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Prince.

We gratefully acknowledge this work follows after the living legacies of our personal Teachers, Mentors, and Inspirations, including but not limited to: Elmaz Abinader, Linda D. Addison, Tomi Adeyeme, Steven Barnes, adrienne maree brown, Samuel Delaney, Tananarive Due, Nettrice Gaskins, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nalo Hopkinson, Walidah Imarisha, NK Jemisin, Victor LaValle, Carmen Maria Machado, Janelle Monae, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Nnedi Okorafor, Rebecca Roanhorse, Nisi Shawl, Rochelle Spencer, and Sherée Renee Thomas.

Program Offerings

Speculative Storytelling Mentorship for BIPOC+ Writers

Starting August 15, 2020

We are happy to announce our inaugural program, a free, 3-month mentorship between professional speculative, science fiction, and fantasy (SFF) writers and emerging SFF writers who identify as BIPOC.

We have 30 amazing mentors whose experiences in the paid SFF literary markets range from short fiction to novellas and novels, from fantasy to hard science fiction, and they have volunteered their time to mentor writers looking to hone their skills and enter the paid markets!

This is a great opportunity for BIPOC writers to level-up their SFF skills!

Look for updates on social media and sign up below to learn how you can get involved!


Virtual Book Club (Winter 2020)
We will be reading and discussing Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ experimental triptych:

Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity
M Archive: After the End of the World
Dub: Finding Ceremony

Per request from Dr. Lex: My preference is that folks order their books from Charis Books and More (that way proceeds support the oldest feminist bookstore in North America!).

Interested in learning more? Watch Dr. Lex speak on the second book, M Archive: After the End of the World.

Sign up below to join the book club discussion! 


March 2020: FOGcon10 Panel

Along with Guest of Honor, Nisi Shawl, we had the honor of curating and participating in a discussion panel of Black women speculative fiction writers.

Writers pictured, on-screen: Jasmine Wade, Nisi Shawl. Front row: Genine Tyson, Sumiko Saulson, Desi Lenc, Audrey T. Williams, Tara Christina

Writers pictured, standing left to right: Audrey T Williams, Sumiko Saulson, Thaddeus Howze, Tara Christina, Jenee Darden, Dera R. Williams, Elwin Cotman, Alan Clark. Seated: Jamine Wade, Vernon Keeve III, Dr Raina J. Leon. Not pictured: Radhiyah Ayobami, Kwan Booth

February 2020: SF by the Bay Festival

In collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and the Afrosurreal Writers Workshop of Oakland, we curated a showcase of thirteen Bay Area Black speculative fiction writers.

With community support from Tachyon Publications, LOCUS MagazineBorderland Books, and Nomadic Press, we were able to promote members of our local speculative writers collective to a broad audience. 

December 2019: AfroPoetic Futures Panel

In collaboration with Lonny Brooks and Reynaldo Anderson of The Black Speculative Arts Movement and The Institute for the Future, we curated a discussion panel featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin, Vernon Keeve III, and Raina J. León.


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