POLLEN szn 2 Afrofuturism, Nothing More Queer Than Nature, Mutual Aid

We had such an awesome first season of POLLEN and can't wait to have even more conversations and rants with you! Dates are coming soon, but if you want to get a head start on the reading list for our premiere episode, keep reading! 

We’re starting off our 2021 season with a little bit of futurism…Afrofuturism that is. Black History Month, Black Future Month, Black Panther the movie, Black Panthers the people, Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin all have us thinking about alternate endings. 

Remember! All of the materials are "optional". Feel free to engage with what you have time for and with what most interests you. We will focus each conversation on 2-5 short form pieces and offer/ask that anyone joining discussions bring in their own experiences and other connecting learnings and readings as well. No matter if you have a chance to read, watch, or listen to the suggested material, you are welcome!

collage of different Afrofutrist inspirations including Janelle Monae and Octavia Butler

Want to unpack some Afrofuturist themes you recently read or watched? Just want to listen and learn about Octavia Butler? Come chat with fellow sci-fi nerds about this amazing author and work. Spoilers ahead! ;)


Afrofuturism [3.17 8pm ET conversation, for 3.18 12pm ET conversation]

*TW: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler includes scenes of violence including sexual assault. The Octavia's Parables podcast does discuss these topics, however the GirlTrek podcast episode and the N.K. Jemisin interview do not.

"Nothing more queer than nature" over on a galaxy


Nothing More Queer Than Nature [4.14 8pm ET conversation, 4.15 12pm ET conversation]

AND explore any of the following

*TW: Episode #6 of the All My Relations podcast discusses themes of mental illness, suicide, and addiction.

Mutual Aid over a galaxy


Mutual Aid [4.26 8pm ET conversation, 4.28 12pm ET conversation]