Readers Retreat

A deep dive into one incredible book

Vote on our book for Readers Retreat 2023

2022 Location:
Southern Maine Community College, Oceanview Dining Hall 

Thank you so much to our 2022 community co-sponsors!
Abyssinian Meeting HouseChoose YourselfIndigo Arts AlliancePortland EmpoweredResources for Organizing and Social ChangeThird PlaceTender Table Maine


2022 Book

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler is Book One of the Patternist Series, published second to last of the series in 1980. Wild Seed is the story of two immortal beings: Doro & Anyanwu. Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex — or design. He fears no one — until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss…and savage anyone who threatens those she loves. She fears no one — until she meets Doro. From African jungles to the colonies of America, Doro and Anyanwu weave together a pattern of destiny that not even immortals can imagine.

2022 Speakers

Ayana Jamieson, PhD 

Ayana Jamieson, PhD is an educator, mythologist, and depth psychologist. She is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, a global community founded in 2011, committed to highlighting Octavia Butler’s life and work while creating new works inspired by Butler’s legacy. Ayana’s essay, “Far Beyond the Stars” contains methods for curating your own archive and appears in the Black Futures anthology edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham (One World). Her writing also appears in 51 Feminist Thinkers (Routledge), Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction (MIT Press), and elsewhere. She teaches ethnic studies courses at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona and is a faculty member at the Salomé Institute of Jungian Studies.


Dr. Regina Hamilton 

Regina Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the English department and the African American and African Studies program at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century African American literature and African American women’s literature. Her current project focuses on the use of speculative literary devices by authors of African American literature throughout the twentieth century. Much more than a marginal subgenre, speculative literature is one of the central literary mechanisms within the African American literary canon. Regina’s research delves more deeply into why that is the case and how authors of African American literature have used speculative literary devices to envision futures beyond antiblackness.


Asata Radcliffe

Asata Radcliffe is a writer and multimedia artist. A California native, Asata received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She writes speculative fiction and essays. Her creative work culminates as multimedia collections of speculative art installation, merging writing, film, and form. Her work invites one to experience the interstitial spaces of speculative landscapes and surrealist futures. Concerned about the planet, her research includes topics of land ethics, futurism, and the nonlinear narratives of human existence.