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The Imagination Desk is an occasional audio series from the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. We chat with artists, scholars, scientists, and technologists about what inspires them and how they define and use imagination in their work.

Oct 6, 2023

In this episode of Griots & Galaxies, Chinelo & Yvette sit down with USA Today bestselling author Kemi Ashing-Giwa. In this conversation, Kemi takes us to galaxies far, far away, reimagining the hero’s journey through African-centered space opera. 


Kemi Ashing-Giwa is the USA Today bestselling author of The Splinter in the Sky and the forthcoming novella This World Is Not Yours. She studied organismic & evolutionary biology and astrophysics at Harvard, and is now pursuing a PhD in the Earth & Planetary Sciences department at Stanford. Her short fiction has appeared or will appear in, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, The Sunday Morning Transport, Clarkesworld Magazine, Kaleidotrope, and Luna Station Quarterly. 


Griots & Galaxies is produced by the Center for Science and the Imagination, with support from the Institute for Humanities Research and The Transformation Project, all at Arizona State University. The podcast is created and hosted by Jenna Hanchey, Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, and Chinelo Onwualu, with the assistance of sound engineer Bailey Pyritz. The theme music is performed by Sonja Branch and Dethie Sarr Diouf.