Stephani Maari Booker

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Stephani Maari Booker, writer, editor and owner of Athena Persephoni Publications, writes prose and poetry for the page and for performance in which she wrestles with her multiple marginalized identities: African American, lesbian, lower-class, nerdy and sexy. She holds an MFA from Hamline University of St. Paul, MN and is a past editor and current contributing editor/writer for the African American newspaper Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Journals that have published her creative work include Rigorous (, Aphelion Webzine (, Lavender Review (, Serendipity (, Off the Coast (, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women (, The Voices Project (, Cactus Heart (, Skin to Skin (, phati'tude Literary Magazine ( and Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette (

Anthologies and collections that feature her work include Owning It: Embracing Our Bodies, Sexuality, and Power edited by Rhiannon Rhys-Jones, Sienna Saint-Cyr & S.B. Roark (, 2018); The Future of Us: An Anthology edited by Charlotte Bailey & Florence Okoye (, 2016); Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) (, 2015), Queenies, Fades, Blunts: A Zine (The Lonely Londoners, 2014,; Coming Together: Girl on Girl (, 2013); 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-minute Monologues for Women (Monologue Audition Series, Volume 2) edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston (Smith & Kraus Inc., 2006); and Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories edited by Shonia L. Brown (Nghosi Books, 2006).

She has also performed most recently for “Revolutionary Jetpacks: Reclaiming the Future(s)” presented by Patrick’s Cabaret at Strike Theater, WordBrew MN: 4th Annual MNSpec Local Author Showcase, “Women Who Write” presented by Quatrefoil Library and the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, ”The Love Project” presented by Obsidian Arts at Pillsbury House Theatre, and the Dirty Queer Show 4 and 5 in Minneapolis, MN.

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When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first literary work, a poem called "Cheese City," when I was in third or fourth grade. It was inspired by wavy, hole-filled concrete climbing walls at my school's playground.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first published work was The Mystery of Dino Crater, a sci-fi/fantasy tale of a girl hero dealing with prehistoric creatures and a mad scientist that was selected by my public school system’s program in which books by two students from each elementary school were printed and placed in all the school libraries. I was in the fourth grade.
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Stephani Maari Booker reading from "Secret Insurrection"
Stephani Maari Booker reads an excerpt from her science fiction novel manuscript "Secret Insurrection."

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Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: American English. Published: August 13, 2018 by Stephani Maari Booker. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Multicultural education, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
Amoja Three Rivers' "Cultural Etiquette: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned," originally published in 1990 and "slightly revised" in 1991, was intended as an antidote to the poison of microaggressions committed by people of all racial and ethnic groups in writing and thinking about as well as speaking and interacting with Black/Indigenous/People of Color and Jewish people.


Secret Insurrection: Stories from a Novel of a Future Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,880. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Secret Insurrection is an unpublished science fiction novel manuscript. This book contains two self-contained excerpts from the novel that have been previously published in these anthologies of speculative fiction by people of African descent: The Future of Us: An Anthology (Charlotte Bailey & Florence Okoye, editors, Afrofutures_UK, 2016) and Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) (, 2015).

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Cheryl Clarke
Latest book: Living as a Lesbian. Published January 10, 2015.
Michon Neal
Latest book: All That Glitters. Pre-release—available October 12, 2019.

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