Writer, educator, and healing arts practitioner Shilpa Kamat was a finalist for the 2018 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet, was published by Newfound in 2019. Shilpa has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. You can read more about her work at shilpakamat.com.
I wanted to ask francophone African speculative authors how they feel, how non-Black francophone African authors relate to the controversy, but also how they position themselves either as Afrofuturists or Africanfuturists, or as neither.
In conclusion, I argue that SF fanzines in China mostly played a transitional role. That is, when no professional platforms were available to publish articles and stories, fanzines stepped in. Though most of those fanzines did not last very long, they played the important role of compiling and delivering information. The key reason why I identify those magazines as fanzines is because all the contributors joined out of their interest in SF and worked for free.
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