This gathering explores formats to address, fabricate, discuss, and practice social transformation. It invites participants to create a common space for our radical imagination(s) and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizers. Radical Imagination invites us to engage in a profound critique of what seems obvious (radical = that goes to the roots of something) and to explore alternative ways of living together - producing, loving, shaping spaces and time, inhabiting the land, working, using, struggling. It is an appeal to decolonize social relations and the dominant imaginaries that justify oppression and injustice, as well as an effort to instill anti-capitalist praxis. Radical Imagination is not just about dreaming alternative futures. It lures us into embodying alternatives.

April 3-4, 2020

Westminster House

101 NW 23rd St

Corvallis, OR 97330

Our conference will be hosted in an accessible building with automatic door entrance and ramp.

Our organizers are in the process of securing CART captioning support. We will have on-site child care and encourage participants to bring children. Contact our organizers at

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Jamila Osman


Jamila Osman is a Somali poet and essayist from Portland, Oregon. A public school teacher for many years, she is now an MFA student at the University of Iowa. A VONA/Voices alumna, she has received fellowships from Caldera, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony. She was co-winner of the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and 2019 winner of The Adirondack Review’s 46er Prize for Poetry. Some of her work can be found in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, BOAAT, Diagram, and other places.

She is currently working on a memoir chronicling her parents’ displacement from Somalia, and the death of her sister Ayan in 2014. It is a meditation on the way trauma and memory are passed on across geography and between generations.

She tweets at @j__osman

2020 Keynote Speaker at #OSRI3