April 7-10, 2021
Hosted by The University of Memphis

Ytasha Womack — Decolonizing Mars


The 2021 College Language Association Convention keynote speaker is Ytasha L. Womack is a critically acclaimed author, filmmaker, dancer, independent scholar, and champion of humanity. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture (2013) is the leading primer on the exciting subject that bridges science fiction, futurisms, and culture. The book is a 2014 Locus Awards Non Fiction Finalist.

Womack tours the world championing Afrofuturism and the role of the imagination. Her works in Afrofuturism have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish for markets in Brazil and Latin America. Afrofuturism is taught in high schools and universities across the world. 

Her film A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago (2017) is an Afrofuturist dance film. It was featured in Afropunk Brooklyn, Black(s) to the Future Fest in Paris, Cultura Iberoaméricana in Cuba, Afrotopia in England, Reel Time Film Fest in Nigeria, and the Black Harvest Film Fest in Chicago among others. The film was recognized as Best Experimental Film at the Collected Voices Festival.

For more information on Ytasha L. Womack and her work, visit her website at

Credit to the Sonic Arts Festival (February 27, 2017)