About this Event
Sponsored by Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Co-presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
In Earthseed—a religion introduced in the Octavia E. Butler novel Parable of the Sower—the destiny of humanity is to take root among the stars. Inspired by Butler's words, AÏMA the DRMR and Angela Dalton will guide the audience on a journey to plant their first seeds using the tools of history, multimedia, music, and interactive dialogue. This lineup assembled by guest curator Sistah Scifi and its founder Isis Asare. FREE, suggested donation $5-10
About Litquake Out Loud: Litquake Out Loud highlights the Bay Area’s BIPOC & LGBTQ+ writers and thought leaders, and represents our continued investment in ensuring that all people are included in the creation of and access to the Bay Area’s historic, thriving arts scene.
Isis Asare is a queer Afrofuturist, serial technology entrepreneur, and lover of community, yoga, and all things Black culture. You can catch Isis zooming through cyberspace or in-person wherever Black folks gather. A citizen of the world, Isis was born to Ghanaian immigrants in Harlem. Isis concurrently resides in Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA with their supportive and evolving polycule. Isis is an alum of Stanford University, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Columbia Business School were they earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, masters in public policy, and MBA respectively. Isis is the CEO/Founder of Sistah Scifi, the first Black owned bookstore focused on science fiction and fantasy in the United States as validated by the American Booksellers Association.
Aima Paule, aka AÏMA the DRMR is a multidisciplinary artist who has been performing, as well as creating and hosting events, for more than a decade. She is co-founder of Oakland’s beloved Soulovely, a QTBIPOC dance party now going into its ninth year. Aima has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for twenty years and continues to be inspired by the beauty and brilliance of the art, music, and activism that is fostered here. No stranger to collaboration, she believes in the power of using art and music as a bridge between communities. Aima has rocked crowds from Oakland to Barcelona as a vocalist and emcee with groups such as Jazz Mafia, J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, and Femme Deadly Venoms, with whom she recorded Femmenomenon. As a visual artist, she is drawn towards natural materials, sacred geometry, healing frequencies, and ancestral wisdom and medicines as inspiration for her work.
Angela Dalton was once a producer of online kids’ games and other cool, nerdy things. She grew up in the Midwest reading lots of book, watching Star Trek on repeat, and guzzling red Kool-Aid. Now an adult, two of these three things have inspired her to write her own stories, and the third is a once-a-year treat (can you guess which one?). Author of books for young minds, she has three written three traditionally published picture books: Ruby’s Reunion Day Dinner (2021), Show the World! (2022), and To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Civil Rights (2023). A member of the Bay Area #Ownvoices Book Creators, SCBWI and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, she now lives in Oakland, California with her husband, son, and way too many “to be read” books on her bedside table
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, 700 Mission Street, San Francisco, United States