Kiini Ibura Salaam 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. Kiini's work delves into spheres of human liberation, human connection, and evolution. She employs speculative fiction, erotica, and creative nonfiction to take readers through mind-bending journeys into the transcendent, the sensual, the mystical, and the fantastic.
The second collection from Tiptree Award–winner Salaam (after Ancient, Ancient) assembles five speculative fiction short stories and a novella that explore themes of freedom and the challenge of coming to terms with foreign lives and alien worlds. The skillfully done second-person point of view of “The Malady of Need” emphasizes the protagonist’s double entrapment by prison… »
Dystopian stories have recently been en vogue, but Kiini Ibura Salaam’s collection of speculative fiction, When the World Wounds, strays from imagining the bitter end and instead considers the personal or communal challenges of healing once disaster strikes. Salaam’s handful of stories finds characters approaching brutal moments of trauma or dealing with its direct aftermath. Many of… »
The stories featured in Kiini Ibura Salaam’s collection When the World Wounds encompass a variety of styles and approaches to the fantastic and the speculative. Some explore familiar settings and relationships, while one opts for one of the most challenging feats in science fiction: accurately conveying a set of alien perceptions in terms that come off as… »
When the World Wounds is my second short story collection, in which I explore the dark, the sensual, and the mysterious. The three stories, two novelettes and one novella collected in When the World Wounds examine the tumultuous nature of the human condition through such wild imaginings as sensual encounters with deer, escapism in a… »
New Orleans after the Katrina flood, with ghosts – or are they? – Mardi Gras dancers, death and the difficult process of rebirth. This is a story that does not shy away from destruction of a perfectly non-fantasy sort, and examines in great detail how natural disasters can further amplify preexistent inequalities… but it is… »
A few pages into “The Pull of the Wing,” one of the stranger stories in Kiini Ibura Salaam’s very strange collection When the World Wounds, the “message-center” of the protagonist, WaLiLa, pulses, as it calculates “the risk at getting caught” trying to sneak into the chamber of the elders. The result? “Two slivers less than three-fourths… »
When the World Wounds (Third Man Books) is Kiini Ibura Salaam’s second short fiction collection. Her first,Ancient, Ancient, won the 2012 Tiptree Award with its fantastical and exuberantly sensual depictions of nonstandard gender roles. In language as richly raunchy as ever, she writes here of sentient wolves on the prowl, swamp witches caught up into the… »
This debut collection by the one of our most original and dazzling new talents, author of Tiptree Award winner Ancient, Ancient, gathers six unforgettable stories of dystopian prisons, volcano women, wars between gods, and desolate contemporary landscapes.
In October I had the good fortune to meet Kiini Ibura Salaam at a writer’s conference. She gave a wonderful keynote address and I was able to spend some time with her talking about our mutual love of short stories and travel. Her latest collection of short fiction When the World Wounds (2016) is as seductive as her… »
BREAKING OPEN THE BOUNDARIES OF SELF Who we think we are is a fluid concept. We might have a stable image of ourselves but in reality we are constantly in flux as we come into contact and collide with others. And it’s not just other bodies but other possibilities of your self that disrupts who… »