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Octavia at 70

  • Red Bay Coffee 3098 East 10th Street Oakland, CA, 94601 United States (map)

Free with RSVP: In celebration of our beloved Octavia Butler's 70th birthday, MATATU and the Akonadi Foundation have invited a half dozen women to recall their interactions with the works of the science fiction author, paying thought to her many forecasts that have come to fruition. 

'Octavia at 70' brings together these women and their audience to engage in dialogue about the impact of Butler's projections, and the hopes, pessimisms, ideas, and new imaginaries that they might inspire. Pressing forward, the group will speculate on what our realities may look like on Octavia Butler's 100th birthday, in the year 2047.

Feature Presenters:

Audrey T. Williams is has been writing since she was 5. Octavia Butler has been a defining inspiration in Audrey’s creative writing and her social justice work.

Ellen Sebastian Chang is a director, co-collaborator with Amara Tabor Smith HOUSE/FULL of Blackwomen ritual dance-theater project and a human rights educator with THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE. She has been a science fiction fan since the 1960's. Imagination makes all gods possible. 

Michlene Kali is an educator and mentor with Ka-Lo Academy in Oakland, CA. She is a longtime Octaviaphile, activist, and also the mother of three not so young children. 

Tureeda, Story Medicine Woman, author, poet, writer, Chi Energy Master.
'Octavia at 70' is presented by MATATU within a body of workshops that navigate self-determination, wellness, sovereignty, and a roadmap to the future. The workshops are free to the public and funded by Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund.

MATATU is a platform for conversation, experience, and expression that helps ordinary people share their journeys. Together, we hope to enhance empathy and understanding of the global human condition. 

We are fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, and supported by KQED, East Bay Express, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Learn more about us at

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