The Island, by Elsa Sjunneson

Us In Flux

Us in Flux is a new series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events. Every Thursday, we’ll publish a new, original piece of flash fiction with an interactive chat with the author and their special guests the following Monday at 4PM Eastern.

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The Island, by Elsa Sjunneson

A story about ability and disability, journalism, and creating adaptable communities.

Sympathy, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

A story by Suyi Davies Okungbowa about children, robots, and bureaucracy.

Us In Flux Conversations: Suyi Davies Okungbowa & Lance Gharavi

A paint and paper collage of a wrought iron fence over grass transitioning to tall sunflowers over rich brown soil.

University, Speaking, by Phoebe Wagner

A story by Phoebe Wagner about reimagining universities as radically open to their communities, and better attuned to addressing local challenges.

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Us In Flux Conversations: Phoebe Wagner & Punya Mishra

Becoming Birch, by Carter Meland

A story by Carter Meland about rock music, unexpected connections, and northern Minnesota forests.

White text says Us In Flux over a maroon and gold sunset gradient, and then half the image is birch tree artwork

Us In Flux Conversations: Carter Meland & Grace Dillon

“Tomorrow Is Another Daze” by Ernest Hogan

A story about Aztlán, creative reuse, and making technology work for you.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Ernest Hogan and Frederick Luis Aldama [Video—Past Event]

“Even God Has a Place Called Home” by Ray Mwihaki

A story about environmental health, technophilia, and transcendence.
Conversations—Ray Mwihaki and Christopher Rowe

Us in Flux: Conversations—Ray Mwihaki and Christopher Rowe [Video—Past Event]

“The Wandering City,” by Usman T. Malik

A story about temporal anomalies, public spaces, and a new global consciousness.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Usman T. Malik and James Graham [Video—Past Event]

“A Cyber-Cuscuta Manifesto” by Regina Kanyu Wang

A story about big data, emerging life forms, and a plea for coexistence.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Regina Kanyu Wang and Athena Aktipis [Video–Past Event]

“Notice” by Sarah Pinsker

A tale of unanticipated mail and the limits of self-reliance.

Us in Flux: Conversations— Sarah Pinsker and Punya Mishra [Video–Past Event]

“Fourth and Most Important” by Nisi Shawl

A tale of coded messages, clandestine drone deliveries, and surprising alliances.

Us in Flux: Conversations— Nisi Shawl and Ayana Jamieson [Video–Past Event]

Five separate works by Nina Miller for the Us In Flux series. From left to right; a quilt sewn with black thread, embroidered leaves, fabric resist and dye piece, a second quilt sewn with white thread, a woman embroidered with thread

The Art of Us in Flux: An Interview with Nina Miller

A conversation about art that visualizes the future, creative expression in moments of crisis, and how art can be a path into fictional worlds.

Two portraits embroidered on a quilt. The portrait on the left is stitched with black thread on white linen and the portrait on the right is stitched with various colored thread on a dark denim patch.

“Skating Without Streetlights” by Tina Connolly

A story about virtual reality, friendship, and the unexpected benefits of impersonation.

Us in Flux: Conversations— Tina Connolly and Dennis Bonilla [Video–Past Event]

A couch in front of a window, but it is pieced from multiple fabrics and quilted. It is fragmented and multicolored.

“A Room of One’s Own” by Tochi Onyebuchi

A tale of quantum entanglement and self-care.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Tochi Onyebuchi and Michael G. Bennett [Video–Past Event]

Fabric resist and dye piece depicting the moon over the ocean.

“When We Call a Place Home” by Chinelo Onwualu

A utopian tale of historical memory, the dangers of forgetting…and vampires.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Chinelo Onwualu and Robert Evans [Video–Past Event]

Green linen embroidered with the white outline of a squirrel, and five leaf shapes cut from multiple colors of fabric secured to the linen with cross stitches in various colors.

“An Attempt at Exhausting My Deck” by Kij Johnson

A short story about backyard ecology, interspecies communities, careful observation, and solitude without loneliness.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Kij Johnson and Jessie Rack [Video—Past Event]

Illustrationdone in fabric, quilted landscape with small person looking over vast hills covered in crops.

“The Parable of the Tares” by Christopher Rowe

A short story about food, monoculture, and communities that draw together the human and nonhuman.

Us in Flux: Conversations—Christopher Rowe and Michael Bell [Video—Past Event]