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K. Ibura is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. K. Ibura's work delves into spheres of human liberation, human connection, and evolution. She employs speculative fiction and creative nonfiction to take readers through mind-bending journeys into the transcendent, the mystical, and the fantastic.
Some books speak to us louder than others. Perhaps they remind us of our childhood, or our loves and hurts, our longings, terrors and dreams. I tend to accept a book for review mostly if I think I’ll connect with it. When I came across Infinite Constellations: An Anthology of Identity, Culture, and Speculative Conjunctions,… »
Selves are cultivated and crafted by the norms, institutions, and ideologies of their era, a process that can be constrictive and traumatic, particularly for minority communities. The page, however, offers an opportunity to imagine new worlds for the self to inhabit—and new selves to inhabit the world. This is precisely what editors K. Ibura and… »
Sometimes reviewers and other readers say a book is “redefining” whatever category of product a title represents. A horror novel is “redefining horror” for example; we see this beyond books as well—the latest SUV model is “redefining” SUVs, or perhaps it is “redefining” luxury or comfort. Usually this phrase is just hyperbole, meant to express… »
Looking for a new short speculative fiction collection? Khadijah Queen and K. Ibura, two literary powerhouses, have you covered. Infinite Constellations: An Anthology of Identity, Culture, and Speculative Conjunctions brings together a variety of short stories and poetry, new stories and reprints, and longer pieces and excerpts, all from veteran and up-and-coming authors.
A brand new anthology of mostly-speculative work by mostly-speculative authors (not exclusively!), edited by Khadijah Queen and K. Ibura. I feel like it’s gone under the radar so far because it was published by a university press, who might not promote it through the usual SFF channels. But please don’t miss this, it was so… »
K. Ibura’s Ancient, Ancient, provide multiple routes through Black history, memory, myth, and sensuality.
If you want vibrant, sensual, gut-punching, and wildly imaginative speculative stories centered on Black identity, gender, love, body, and becoming—you can do no better than Salaam’s collection here. Take your time with these—they’re stories to ponder and savor.
Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) K. Ibura, Ancient, Ancient: Short Fiction (2012) Saladin Ahmed, Engraved on the Eye (2012) Charles Yu, Sorry Please Thank You (2012) Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories(2011) Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove (2013) Terry Pratchett, A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (2015) Samantha Hunt, The Dark Dark (2017) Caitlin… »
K. Ibura is one of the finest stylists in speculative fiction and her book of stories, When the World Wounds, is quite spectacular. I’m really haunted by two of the stories in the book, “Because of the Bone Man” and “Hemmie’s Calenture,” and think I might need to reread them as a master class in… »
Not all of the stories in K. Ibura’s recent collection of short fiction examine the paths of deities and humans converging, but two of the longest do–and juxtapose those meetings with wrenching moments in history. In “Hemmie’s Calenture,” a woman escaping slavery during the War of 1812 is pulled into the conflict between two ageless… »