Walidah Imarisha

Writer & Performance Poet| Educator

Walidah Imarisha is an author, educator, organizer and poet. She is one of the co-editors of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. She is also the author of the collection of poetry Scars/Stars, and the upcoming nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption. For the past six years, Walidah has toured Oregon with Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, facilitating dialogues on Oregon Black history, alternative to incarceration and the history of hip hop. She is one of the founders of the Human Rights Coalition, a prisoners family organization, and a member of the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign. Walidah has taught in the Portland State University’s Black Studies Department and Oregon State University’s Women Gender Sexuality Studies Department.