Based on her viral poem after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Petrus inspires readers to imagine a radically positive future where police aren’t in charge of public safety and community well-being.
Junauda Petrus is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, born on Dakota land of Black-Caribbean descent. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, shimmer and liberation. Her debut novel, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, earned a Coretta Scott King honor. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and family.