educator, writer, and spoken word artist
Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, and spoken word artist. She is an assistant professor in the Black Studies Department at Portland State University, Portland, where she is also director of the Center for Black Studies. Imarisha’s fields of interests include Oregon Black history, carceral systems and abolition, creative nonfiction writing, visionary fictions, and the history of social movements. She is co-editor of the anthologies Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements (with adrienne maree brown, 2015); and Another World is Possible (with Jee Kim et al., 2002). She is also author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars (2013). Her nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption (2016) won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. She was one of the founders and first editor of the political hip hop magazine AWOL. In 2015, she received a Tiptree Fellowship for her science fiction writing. Imarisha lives and works in Portland.