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Hailing from the concrete jungle an ocean away in the overly gentrified, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Akiera Xavina Charles, is a Grenadian born, mango-loving, queer woman. She is a 2015-2016 recipient of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights from her institution New York University (NYU). Through this fellowship Akiera is with Groundation until mid August 2016.

Akiera will be hosting a free workshop series ‘Dreaming Sexuality of Grenadian Women and Girls’, focused on creative writing & conversation. The series starts Wed 6th July 2016. It will be an exploration of the dreams, desires, and experiences of women in Grenada. Akiera is interested in afro-futurism, magical realism and speculative/sci-fi fiction and intends for participants to bask in the sci-fi and Black feminism vibes that are the works of writers, like Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor and many others. 

Interested in participating? Let us know: http://bit.ly/28ZPRPj

Meet Akiera Xavina Charles – Groundation’s Writer-in-Residence