About the Book
In this timely collection of essays, Maximillian Matthews interrogates Blackness, queerness, and systems of oppression. Serving as a combination of a memoir and cultural commentary, Matthews reflects on how institutions fail Black queer, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, particularly young adults. Through the revolutionary lens of abolition, Matthews contends with childhood, identity, sexuality, desirability, mental health, and more. Raw and introspective, Another World unpacks the infinite possibilities offered by abolition that include Matthews's own self-actualization.
Exploring their journey from internalized oppression to becoming a reflective voice in the twenty-first century struggle for freedom, Matthews writes with a compelling insistence for readers to build Another World.
Maximillian Matthews (they/them) is a Black queer writer based in Durham, North Carolina, and has been working in higher education for over 10 years. Matthews is a graduate of Elon University and North Carolina State University. Maximillian’s work has been featured on Black Youth Project, Blavity, Afropunk, The Body Is Not An Apology, RaceBaitr, Rethinking Schools, and Inside Higher Ed. A firm believer in abolition, Matthews envisions a world without white supremacy, patriarchy, misogyny, capitalism, imperialism, ableism, and any system that results in oppression of any kind.