Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies

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About the Author

Scott Branson
is a queer/trans anarchist writer, translator, community organizer, and
teacher. They were one of the organizers of the two UNC
Asheville/Davidson College queer conferences that inspired this book.
They translated Jacques Lesage de la Haye's The Abolition of Prison (AK Press, 2021) and Guy Hocquenghem's second book of essays addressing the May 1968 uprising in France, Gay Liberation after May '68 (Duke University Press, 2022), for which they also wrote a critical introduction. Scott is the author of Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide (Pluto
Press, 2022) and is currently working on a book about the
institutionalization of queerness for Duke University Press as well as a
book on trans-anarcha-feminism. They often contribute to The Final Straw Radio, a weekly anarchist radio show and podcast.

Raven Hudson is an activist, writer, and researcher with a BA in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Davidson College where they co-founded the Asian American Initiative (AAI), co-edited the student literary magazine Libertas, and helped create and host AAI's Coalasian: A Southern Podcast. Their recent work centers on wounds and the melancholic subject within contemporary queer, Asian American poetry.

Bry Reed is a queer black feminist from Baltimore, MD currently pursuing doctoral study in American Studies at Purdue University. She is committed to prison abolition, pleasure, and care work as tools for black liberation. Beyond her doctoral study, she is a writer, educator, and radical troublemaker.

Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, called The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages (Duke University Press, 2012), focuses on the promise of "giving" freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war. Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has published widely, including in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, Radical History Review, and ArtForum. Her papers have been solicited for the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University.


"Surviving the Future is a testament that otherwise worlds are not only possible, our people are making them right now--and they are queering how we get there through organizing and intellectual work. Now is the perfect time to interrogate how we are with each other and the land we inhabit. This collection gives us ample room to do just that in a moment of mass uprisings led by everyday people demanding safety without policing, prisons and other forms of punishment.
--Charlene A. Carruthers, author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

"Surviving the Future is not an anthology that simply includes queer and trans minorities in mix of existing abolitionist thought. Rather, it is a transformative collection of queer/trans methods for living an abolitionist life. Anyone who dreams of dismantling the prison-industrial complex, policing, borders and the surveillance state should read this book. Frankly, everybody who doesn't share that dream should read it, too, and maybe they'll start dreaming differently."
--Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution

"Surviving the Future is an essential text for this moment. This anthology is the toolbox we need right now, filled with contributions that show the conditions and the stakes of the crises we're facing through the lens of queer abolitionist resistance. Reading this book raised urgent questions for me that I had not even thought to ask yet. Surviving the Future is a much-needed resource for our movements, as we simultaneously face worsening crises and grow queer abolitionist resistance."
--Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (and the Next)

"Surviving the Future is a stunning compilation of cutting-edge queer thought. Cross-cutting discipline and genre, this irreverent and powerful collection refuses the poisoned politics of assimilation, demands we remember our radical roots, and offers a compelling but necessarily incomplete map not merely for surviving, but thriving in the future we create that we must insist is abolitionist, Black, Indigenous, trans, anti- capitalist, anti-colonial, anti-ableist, feminist, and unapologetically fucking queer."
--Karma Chávez, author of Palestine on the Air and Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities

"Fierce and fabulous--Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies--is necessary reading for revolutions past, present and future. Incorporating a wide range of contributions--analytics, demands, pleasures, losses, testimonies, campaigns and tools--this polyvocal abolitionist project is already making our world queerer and more free, now."
--Erica R. Meiners, co-author of the Feminist & the Sex Offender: Confronting Harm, Ending State Violence

"Surviving the Future adds substantial fuel to the fire, stoking the radical queer political imagination at a time when so few dare to imagine that another world is possible. May each chapter be a spark that lights yet another fire as we burn the prison industrial complex to the ground, including the prisons in our own heads."
--Ryan Conrad, editor of Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion