Ravynn Stringfield

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Ravynn K. Stringfield is an American Studies Ph.D. Candidate at William & Mary. Her research focuses on Black women and girls in fantasy new media narratives. Her CNF has appeared in Catapult, ZORA, and Shondaland, and her short fiction can be found in midnight  & indigo and Voyage YA  Journal.  For more, visit her website, ravynnkstringfield.com, or follow her on Twitter, @RavynnKaMia.


Cover Photo: on the left: a photograph of Dr. Eve. L Ewing seated in a chair, smiling and wearing a dark green and rose sweater; on the right: a Marvel comics illustration of Riri Williams (Ironheart) in flight; both images are set against a dark starry background
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly

“I’m passionate about advocating for young people to engage with literature, with art-making, with storytelling, because those are opportunities I had at a very young age.”

Cover Photo: crop of comic book cover illustration of Riri WIlliams, aka Ironheart
How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy

These stories had deep histories, centered Black women, and belonged to us. We only had to be brave enough to claim them.

Cover Photo: A still from The Legend of Korra. Shadow Korra menacingly approaches Korra, bound by chains, eyes glowing and ready to fight.
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

Cover Photo: An image of a black woman smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”