I’m always trying to figure out why the world we live in is the way it is. Especially when it’s within our power to imagine something better for ourselves and our kids. So much better. Unless there is something preventing people from seeing beyond what is pushed in their faces? That’s where the work of storytellers and readers to co-create alternative worlds can warm up those imagination muscles and build confidence to change minds.

We create the world we want to live in or maintain the world we’re told we live in. I’m not a fan of binaries, but I don’t think there’s a lot of space on that middle ground. An illusion of neutrality is part of the colonial narrative. Just like there are stories that reflect and engage with “real world” issues or ones that uphold status quo fictions.

Rae Mariz

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