Fables and Spells

Fables and Spells

Collected and New Short Fiction and Poetry

adrienne maree brown


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  • A collection of short stories and poetry from bestselling author adrienne maree brown!
  • We started this project some time ago, seeing how strong the online love was for adrienne’s poetry (sometimes presented as “spells” or “directives”) and fiction. Her story “The River,” in Octavia’s Brood, has received far more reprint requests than the entire rest of that collection. This clued us in to just how hungry people are for more.
  • All the poems and six of the stories have been published before—the poems largely online and the stories (other than “The River”) in indie publications with small circulations. Nine of the stories are brand new.
  • This book represents a new branch in the tree of the Emergent Strategy series that sees fiction and poetry as tools for envisioning and building new worlds.


adrienne maree brown:

adrienne maree brown is a writer living in Detroit. Her previous work includes Octavia’s Brood, Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, We Will Not Cancel Us and publication of her visionary fiction in The Funambulist, Harvard Design Review, and Dark Mountain. Her work is informed by more than two decades of social justice movement work as a facilitator. She is the writer-in-residence at Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.