Current Projects

Angels with Dirty Faces:

Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption is a book on criminal justice issues by Walidah Imarisha, released in 2016 by AK Press/Institute for Anarchist Studies.


Octavia's Brood:

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements is a collection of radical science fiction written by organizers, activists and changemakers, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. Published 2015 by AK Press/Institute for Anarchist Studies.


Oregon Black History Timeline/Program: 

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha leads participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.



Walidah Imarisha's first collection of poetry, published in 2013 by Drapetomedia.  

Other Projects

Justice for Keaton Otis

Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by Portland police. Justice for Keaton Otis was started by his father Fred Bryant when he began a monthly vigil on the spot his son was murdered, which continues to this day. Walidah is a member of JKO.


Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign

Sundiata Acoli is a Black Panther political prisoner, arrested with Assata Shakur. He has been incarcerated over 33 years and continues the struggle for freedom. Walidah is a member of SAFC.

PAst Projects

Good Sista Bad Sista

Performance/poetry dynamic duo consisting of Walidah Imarisha and Turiya Autry.

Finding Common Ground in New Orleans

A short documentary filmed and co-directed by Walidah Imarisha that addresses the social injustice that took place during and after the hurricane Katrina disaster.

Left Turn Magazine

A national radical publication, Walidah served on the editorial board.  


AWOL Magazine

A national radical magazine and CD focused on supporting indepenent hip hop and challenging militarization overseas and in communities of color. Walidah helped to found and served as the first editor of the magazine. 


Leeway Foundation
Walidah was on staff of this foundation that gives grants to women and trans artists creating social change and aided in designing their new programs. In addition, she wrote the poem that was adopted as their vision statement.