Kermit is a 4th generation Philadelphian, and longtime educator. As a teacher, I came to understand how schools reproduce relations of domination, manifest in systems of extraction, exploitation, surveillance, social control, and state violence — most severely impacting Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth. So I decided to explore alternative formations in community-based settings, including land-based pedagogy and participatory action research.
My graduate research examines the different forms of enclosure: the physical, digital, and sociopolitical infrastructures placed between people and land, tying up our labor, polluting our environments, disrupting ecosystems, driving desperate migrations, and fueling the climate crisis. Throughout all of my work as an educator and organizer at the intersections of land, food, and climate justice, I seek to engage with communities in shared struggle, mutual support, and the collective construction of knowledge — toward social and environmental regeneration, community self-determination, and ultimately, liberation.
I am also a writer, actively working on my first novel — UNTIL THE MONSTERS COME — a story about kids, trauma, and parallel worlds. I believe speculative fiction creates spaces where high ideals can thrive in opposition to the injustice in our everyday lives. And really, what is speculative fiction if not a critique of reality – a projection of our hopes for what the world could be, or our fears of how it might end up? I write to exert a creative force upon the world, an equal and opposite reaction against oppression, to escape the gravity of the status quo.
And finally, I am a dreamer, forever gazing toward the singularity, where imagination and collective will converge with reality to create the world we all deserve.