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Community Reads: Spring 2024 | Climate Justice and Visionary Fiction

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

Spring 2024: Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

“We are already dreaming beyond this current moment, these crises, these norms. Dreams are the foundation for what we attempt to turn into reality. . . . When we know things need to change, dreaming together is one of the places we can start."

adrienne maree brown, Foreword to Afterglow

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Community Reads will be focusing on the book Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors, an anthology of visionary fiction about climate justice. However, instead of reading a new short story this quarter, our programming will focus on our Climate Fiction Writing Awards. The awards submission form opened on February 20th and will remain open until Earth Day, April 22nd, and is open to all UW Bothell and Cascadia students. There will be prizes for the winning stories and for the first ten submissions! We want to use these awards to promote student writing and the use of visionary fiction as a tool to imagine a more environmentally just future for our region.

We have spent the last two quarters reading visionary climate fiction written by others and discussing our questions, our appreciations, and our frustrations with other people’s stories. This quarter, we plan to move into a more creative space, to apply this tool of visionary fiction to our own imaginations and our own community. We want our community not only to read, but also to share our visions of a better future. We want to know what kinds of worlds you are dreaming, and we want to give you space to share them with us.

This quarter, we will be hosting two different writing events, one at the UWB Diversity Center and one at the Cascadia Diversity & Equity Center. Please read below for more information about these events and how you can participate. These events will serve as scaffolding for your submissions to our writing awards.

If you are not a student but would still like to explore visionary fiction as a tool for imagining climate futures, please feel free to submit your work to our Community Reads Visionary Fiction Anthology, an open digital collection of visionary fiction written by our community. View the Share page for more information about open work and submissions.

Access the eBook through UW Libraries

Access in other ways

Read all of the short stories in the collection, including Afterglow, on the Grist website.

Buy the book at Third Place Books or the University Bookstore

Listen to seven of the stories, including Afterglow, on the Grist website.

Community Reads Team Contacts

Contact members of the team via email with questions, comments, or concerns:

Climate Fiction Pizza Party!

Join us in celebrating our climate fiction writers at a celebratory launch party for our Climate Fiction Awards!

Date: Tuesday, May 21st

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM

Location: The Codex (picnic area outside the library)

Join us for pizza and drinks, readings from our climate fiction writers, and a limited-time-only zine including excerpts from the submissions! (Full stories can be read on our Visionary Fiction anthology.) We hope to see you there!

Climate Fiction Writing Events

Writing Workshop | UWB Diversity Center

Join us at the UW Bothell Diversity Center for a writing workshop facilitated by phoenix vaughan-ende, a student in the UWB MFA program. You will have a chance to see some examples of visionary fiction, explore prompts and possibilities in your own writing, and discuss visionary worlds with other students. Snacks provided!

Event Information

Date: Thursday, April 4th

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

Location: IDEA Project, UW1-161

Creative Corner | Cascadia Diversity & Equity Center

Drop into a casual session at the Cascadia Diversity & Equity Center to enjoy snacks, share space with community members, and read and/or write climate fiction. We will have prompts, books, tea, and food available for a cozy event, and will be available to provide guidance on the writing awards.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, April 10th

Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Cascadia Diversity & Equity Center, CC1-002


Community Anthology: Visionary Fiction

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Community Reads team created an open digital anthology site to welcome submissions of visionary fiction from our community members. This year, we will build on that site for submissions of visionary fiction with an environmental justice lens. Inspired by the short stories in Afterglow, we encourage you to imagine your own futures and submit your own visionary writing to our site, contributing to a community repository of shared dreams and radical imagination.

To learn more about this project, how to submit, and what open work is, please visit the “Share” page of the site. We hope you will feel inspired to write some visionary work of your own or be inspired by your fellow community members' submissions.

About Afterglow

Afterglow: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors edited by Grist with a foreword by adrienne maree brown. E-book available in the UW Libraries catalog. UW NetID required for access (for Cascadia community members who do not have a NetID, please visit the CC Computing Services NetID website to get started).

We will not be reading a new chapter of this book this quarter, but we recommend the stories and the foreword by adrienne maree brown.

About the Editors

“adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music and her podcasts. Informed by 25 years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship and her work as a doula, adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author/editor of seven published texts and the founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, where she is now the writer-in-residence.” (from

“Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. Our goal is to use the power of storytelling to illuminate the way toward a better world, inspire millions of people to walk that path with us, and show that the time for action is now.” (from