Ayana Jamieson is creating community, curriculum, and writing.
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patrons

$136
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“During my doctoral research, I discovered that Butler’s grave was close to Pasadena, California where she grew up and lived for most of her life. I went to the cemetery and found it was very unkempt. In fact, the headstone was hidden. It turned out to be misplaced because of an error at the cemetery grounds. Butler’s legacy was disappearing. Like Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia E. Butler was in an unmarked grave for nearly 8 years when the error was discovered. How can we build community around her legacy? What else needs to be discovered?” ~Ayana Jamieson

In response, Dr. Ayana Jamieson founded the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network to preserve and promote research and scholarship on one of the preeminent science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century.

Butler’s impact can’t be overstated. She is more than a writer who passed away suddenly in 2006. Butler left readers yearning for more of her writing and more details about her life. She is a cultural figure, a feminist philosopher of science, a researcher, a theorist and so much more. The title of “Grandame of Afrofuturism” doesn’t even encompass all of who she was and what she did or the ongoing impact of her life’s work. It is not exaggeration to suggest that the lessons in Butler’s life and writing may help us formulate survival strategies for what seems like the inevitable collapse of human civilization. Since 2011, the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network has been working to create community and promote engagement with her archives through research, writing, art, activism, and explorations of her impact on humanity. Today we are asking for your support. Jamieson was soon joined by Dr. Moya Bailey, Digital Alchemist for OebLegacy:

“Butler’s worlds hold so much possibility. Her work is super queer, and gender fluid, and there are Black and brown people at the center. That type of diversity is rare and it speaks to readers. Her attention to her craft is something that can’t be denied. Digital Alchemy is a concept I came up with to think about the transformative way women of color and Black women in particular are using online tools to do revolutionary work those tools were never imagined to do. For the Network, that looks like managing our Tumblr and Twitter accounts and staying informed about how Octavia Butler’s legacy moves through digital spaces which helps to nurture all kinds of Black Girl Magic online and off.” ~Moya Bailey

In order to continue this important work, Drs. Jamieson and Bailey, and the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network are gathering and distributing funding to ensure that they and others can build and grow Butler’s legacy in for four key areas - publishing, public speaking, teaching, and community building. Every dollar pledged ensures Butler’s legacy as the world-shaping visionary futurist.

Thank you for your support. 

Recent work supported by the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network:

Podcasts:
  1. Uncovering Octavia E. Butler’s Pasadena
  2. How to Survive the End of the World

Publishing
  1. Black Blessings: Toni Cade Bambara and Octavia E. Butler, The Feminist Wire
  2. Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International: Special Issue on Octavia E. Butler, Edited by Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson

Public Speaking
  1. Radio Imagination:Octavia E. Butler’s Los Angeles, for Clockshop at Los Angeles Public Library’s ALOUD Series
  2. Science Fiction L.A.: Words and World Building in the City of Angeles

Teaching
  1. Dawn: A Talk-Through the Octavia E. Butler Archives, Pasadena City College
  2. Writing Herself In, The Huntington Library

Community Building
  1. "Ferguson is the Future": Incubating Alternative Worlds Through Arts, Activism, and Scholarship, Princeton University
  2. Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art, and worldmaking, University of California, San Diego
Interviews/Media:
  1. KCRW
  2. KPFK’sDeadline LA andRootwork Edition of Uprising
  3. Los Angeles Review of Books
  4. NBC News
  5. CNN
  6. KCET:Artbound
  7. Time
Tiers
Pattern
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You want to celebrate Octavia's life on her 71st birthday and beyond!
Includes Discord rewards
Earthseed
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
You want to be part of community and have my gratitude.
Acorn
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
You will have my gratitude and have access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media.
Patternist
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You will have my gratitude, access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media, and random bonus content that may include photos from the OEBLegacy tour, research, notes, and so on. 
Resistor
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You will also be able to ask questions for a monthly Q and A video along with all the other perks so far.
Includes Discord rewards
Symbiont
$40 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
You will get one digital photo and essay a month related to local tours about Octavia's life growing up in Pasadena and the other perks before this one.
Includes Discord rewards
Shaper
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
You will have my gratitude, access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media, and random bonus content that may include photos from the OEBLegacy tour, research, notes, and so on. You will get one digital photo and essay a month related to local tours about Octavia's life growing up in Pasadena and hard copy of the digital tour posts and other content once a year.
Dirty Computer
$500 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You will get all of the above perks and a short one-on-one video Q & A or phone call expressing my thanks at the end of the year.
Includes Discord rewards
Olamina
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You will get all of the above perks, a short one-on-one video Q & A or phone call expressing my thanks at the end of the year, and hard copies of any publications, mailers, or other physical goodies that come out during the year.
Includes Discord rewards
“During my doctoral research, I discovered that Butler’s grave was close to Pasadena, California where she grew up and lived for most of her life. I went to the cemetery and found it was very unkempt. In fact, the headstone was hidden. It turned out to be misplaced because of an error at the cemetery grounds. Butler’s legacy was disappearing. Like Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia E. Butler was in an unmarked grave for nearly 8 years when the error was discovered. How can we build community around her legacy? What else needs to be discovered?” ~Ayana Jamieson

In response, Dr. Ayana Jamieson founded the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network to preserve and promote research and scholarship on one of the preeminent science fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th century.

Butler’s impact can’t be overstated. She is more than a writer who passed away suddenly in 2006. Butler left readers yearning for more of her writing and more details about her life. She is a cultural figure, a feminist philosopher of science, a researcher, a theorist and so much more. The title of “Grandame of Afrofuturism” doesn’t even encompass all of who she was and what she did or the ongoing impact of her life’s work. It is not exaggeration to suggest that the lessons in Butler’s life and writing may help us formulate survival strategies for what seems like the inevitable collapse of human civilization. Since 2011, the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network has been working to create community and promote engagement with her archives through research, writing, art, activism, and explorations of her impact on humanity. Today we are asking for your support. Jamieson was soon joined by Dr. Moya Bailey, Digital Alchemist for OebLegacy:

“Butler’s worlds hold so much possibility. Her work is super queer, and gender fluid, and there are Black and brown people at the center. That type of diversity is rare and it speaks to readers. Her attention to her craft is something that can’t be denied. Digital Alchemy is a concept I came up with to think about the transformative way women of color and Black women in particular are using online tools to do revolutionary work those tools were never imagined to do. For the Network, that looks like managing our Tumblr and Twitter accounts and staying informed about how Octavia Butler’s legacy moves through digital spaces which helps to nurture all kinds of Black Girl Magic online and off.” ~Moya Bailey

In order to continue this important work, Drs. Jamieson and Bailey, and the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network are gathering and distributing funding to ensure that they and others can build and grow Butler’s legacy in for four key areas - publishing, public speaking, teaching, and community building. Every dollar pledged ensures Butler’s legacy as the world-shaping visionary futurist.

Thank you for your support. 

Recent work supported by the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network:

Podcasts:
  1. Uncovering Octavia E. Butler’s Pasadena
  2. How to Survive the End of the World

Publishing
  1. Black Blessings: Toni Cade Bambara and Octavia E. Butler, The Feminist Wire
  2. Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International: Special Issue on Octavia E. Butler, Edited by Moya Bailey and Ayana Jamieson

Public Speaking
  1. Radio Imagination:Octavia E. Butler’s Los Angeles, for Clockshop at Los Angeles Public Library’s ALOUD Series
  2. Science Fiction L.A.: Words and World Building in the City of Angeles

Teaching
  1. Dawn: A Talk-Through the Octavia E. Butler Archives, Pasadena City College
  2. Writing Herself In, The Huntington Library

Community Building
  1. "Ferguson is the Future": Incubating Alternative Worlds Through Arts, Activism, and Scholarship, Princeton University
  2. Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art, and worldmaking, University of California, San Diego
Interviews/Media:
  1. KCRW
  2. KPFK’sDeadline LA andRootwork Edition of Uprising
  3. Los Angeles Review of Books
  4. NBC News
  5. CNN
  6. KCET:Artbound
  7. Time

Recent posts by Ayana Jamieson

Tiers
Pattern
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You want to celebrate Octavia's life on her 71st birthday and beyond!
Includes Discord rewards
Earthseed
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
You want to be part of community and have my gratitude.
Acorn
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
You will have my gratitude and have access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media.
Patternist
$10 or more per month 1 patron
You will have my gratitude, access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media, and random bonus content that may include photos from the OEBLegacy tour, research, notes, and so on. 
Resistor
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
You will also be able to ask questions for a monthly Q and A video along with all the other perks so far.
Includes Discord rewards
Symbiont
$40 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
You will get one digital photo and essay a month related to local tours about Octavia's life growing up in Pasadena and the other perks before this one.
Includes Discord rewards
Shaper
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
You will have my gratitude, access to short blogs and new content up to one week ahead of posting on social media, and random bonus content that may include photos from the OEBLegacy tour, research, notes, and so on. You will get one digital photo and essay a month related to local tours about Octavia's life growing up in Pasadena and hard copy of the digital tour posts and other content once a year.
Dirty Computer
$500 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You will get all of the above perks and a short one-on-one video Q & A or phone call expressing my thanks at the end of the year.
Includes Discord rewards
Olamina
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You will get all of the above perks, a short one-on-one video Q & A or phone call expressing my thanks at the end of the year, and hard copies of any publications, mailers, or other physical goodies that come out during the year.
Includes Discord rewards