Mai’a Williams will be offering for free, starting October 1, 2021, their book of essays, images and prompts about living on the margins in the Driftless region during a series of global crises in 2020 and 2021. Anyone can receive a copy by emailing Williams at maiamedicine@gmail.com with their postal address or they can pick up a free copy at Chapter 2 books in Winona. 

“Equity and racial justice is just as much of a responsibility for rural places to confront as it is anywhere else, and the work comes with its own unique challenges and needs in small towns and remote areas,” says Michele Anderson, Springboard for the Arts rural program director.“Each Artists Respond project, in its own unique way, reminds us that making a more equitable world starts with personal healing, expands to family, and outwards into a community. We’re so grateful for the artists in this group who are each using their creative talents to offer generous and challenging spaces for stories that need to be heard, and conversations that need to happen in all places.”

“The Future of Love” is a collection by Mai’a Willaims of essays, images and prompts about living on the margins in rural Minnesota during a series of global crises — while mothering a teenage daughter. It is poetry as mutual aid. Interwoven in the texts are reflections on being Black, Indigenous, queer, nonbinary, and Muslim with mental health challenges. The prompts/questions invite the reader to self-reflect on their own personal crises, on history, land, and what the future of love looks like. 

Mai’a Williams is a writer and multimedia artist living in Minnesota. It was their living and working with Egyptian, Palestinian, Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities, that inspired their life-giving work and art-making practices. They are the co-editor of the anthology, “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines,” and the author of the memoirs: “This is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century” and “The Future of Love.”

In 2021, they received a grant from Springboard for the Arts for the Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Futures Projects, allowing them to complete their book, “The Future of Love.” This year they also received a Rural Regenerator Fellowship from Springboard for the Arts. 

For more information on the Equitable Rural Futures Project, visit springboardforthearts.org/artists-respond-equitable-rural-futures.

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