Andrea Hairston is an Afrofuturist playwright, novelist, and L. Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor Emerita of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith College. Novels: Archangels of Funk (, May, 2024); Will Do Magic For Small Change (, Oct 2022), a New York Times Editor’s pick and finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards; Redwood and Wildfire ( Feb 2022), Otherwise and Carl Brandon Award winner; Master of Poisons (, Sept, 2020)on the Kirkus Review’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020;  and Mindscape, Carl Brandon Award winner. Andrea has also published: Lonely Stardust is a collection of essays and plays. “Griots of the Galaxy,” a short story, appears in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future. A novelette, “Saltwater Railroad,” was published by Lightspeed Magazine. “Dumb House,” is in New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. “Seven Generations Algorithm,” is in Trouble the Waters edited by Sheree Renee Thomas, and Pan Morigan. Andrea has received grants from the NEA, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.