THE LASER LIFE
A reading series dedicated to giving voice to the swirl of diversity that exists in the known and unknown universe, LASER LIFE is a queer empowered reading series that serves as a gateway to the dreaming. At its core, it’s a reading of science and speculative fiction and fantasy, with the intensity of a sweaty, West Philly poetry slam on mind-altering, homemade drugs. Through a hum of chaos, this series takes the othering (read: exoticizing) aspects of our experiences and renders them in lush tapestry, placing at center stage the marginalized and forgotten. Transgendered youth battling storm troopers in dystopian futures. Pan-sexual trolls stealing into the boudoir of African princes. Ghosts of orphans hand-in-hand traversing the multi-verse. What happens when the downtrodden, exploited and ignored are suddenly given the keys to the Millennium Falcon? When those who litter the background of a crowded bazaar become more than just peppering for the scenery of the journey of the so-called every-man?
THE LASER LIFE answers those questions, but also challenges audiences to ask more. Channeling Octavia Butler, Sam Delaney and the dollar bin at the comic book shop, the assembled are some of the most talented writers, both published and unpublished, in the Philadelphia area. As empires fall and our old planet crumbles, these writers are opening portals to theirs—braver, newer and out of this world.
SHAYNA SheNESS ISREAL
A poet with a flair for spirit-raising drama, her words burn like a bursting corona! A member of the infamous woman-powered rap group Three Times Lady Crew, Shayna will be lacing us with the timeless score to our cosmic lives. “About making dreams come true.....about organizing people's talents and strengths into a force to be reckoned with.....about healing, transformation & self-discovery......about something bigger than myself”
The curator for Afrofuturist Affair, Rasheedah is the queen of a burgeoning community of Philadelphians intent on calling forth the divine powers of afrofuture! With the power of astral myth at her command, her words embodied the spirit of Octavia Butler meditating with Geordi LaForge. “AfroFuturism is a literary, artistic and cultural aesthetic that considers Blackness as it looks and is defined in the future, examines science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and magic as it critiques the present-day situations of people of color, explores the implications of technology on Black art and literature, and interrogates historical events involving Blacks across the diaspora”
Telling the tale of a Papya King, the twins, and the Cyborg, as they throw dice and turn hourglass to travel through past, present and future; witnessing the endurement of time. Encompassed in an afro-fabulist style of storytelling - where if enough people believe, truth is born.
And don’t forget your featured readers Alex Smith, Shane Jenkins (http://razedbywolves.com/) and Maggie Eighteen (http://cyborgmemoirs.com/)