An AfroFutures Book Club
March, 2022 - October, 2022
Hoo-Doula/Voo-Doula speculates re: Black gender expansiveness
as the nebulae for Black Progress. It imagines altering timelines
of reality: WE as mystic/spiritual talisman to the past.
WE as umbilical cord to our future. WE as SuperMassiveBlackHole portal to forever.
What happens when we assist in our own Birth?
Thanks to funding from Alternate Roots,
in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
Hoo-Doula/Voo-Doula has been expanded to include
guest speakers and interactive engagement across performance,
visual art, cultural work, and community organizing.
How far can the limits, boundaries, possibilities of a book club
be pushed in order to activate community?
Our second season will be hosted online and in person
at Gallery 992.
March / April:
Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture
For March-April we're reading An Duplan's essay collection, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture.
Scroll down to watch a prerecorded marathon reading and a talk-back featuring CultSTATUS Founder,
Constance Collier-Mercado, and Artist/Archivist, Sierra King, in conversation with the author. On April 23rd, we'll host an in-person meetup in Southwest Atlanta to discuss the possibilities for our own creative art responses. Thanks to our sponsors, we are also able to offer one free copy of the book to each registered attendee.
Register on Eventbrite today!
PLEASE NOTE: In order to accommodate covid-19 safety measures,
in-person attendance will be limited to no more than 15 people at each monthly session
and all guests will be required to wear a face mask while inside the venue.
Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of newly released book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at The New School, Bennington College, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College, amongst others.
As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2021 received a Marian Goodman fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on Black experimental documentary. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One.