PRESS

NEWS

Local Renaissance Woman Prepares for Artist Residency in French Countrysideedits_octaviacrowned-2250

Author, artist, dancer, healthcare tech strategist and single mom plans for uninterrupted creative time after deferring residency due to pandemic

CHICAGO April 11, 2021 – Octavia Reese is a renaissance woman: a professional informaticist as well as
an artistic creative. In 2019, she applied for an artist in residence program at Chateau d’Orquevaux in France, and won the Denis Diderot AiR (artist in residence) Grant along with a coveted place amongst other talented artists. While Octavia planned to spend two weeks abroad in the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic closed borders and halted Octavia’s dream excursion.


‘It’s OK to have a bad day’: The challenge of motherhood during the pandemic

Screen Shot 2022-01-04 at 6.08.23 PMBy Holly Honderich, Angelica Casas & Cache McClay
BBC News, Washington

September 30, 2020

When the coronavirus outbreak arrived in the United States, families were forced to adapt. Office closures have collided with shuttered schools, forcing parents to work from home as they balance full-time childcare and part-time teaching, helping their kids with remote learning.


Kamala Harris speech: What was the verdict on how she did?

August 20, 2020

BBC NEWS

‘Harris will fight for us’

A single mother to three boys, Ms Reese was “thrilled” by the news last week that Kamala Harris would serve as Joe Biden’s running mate.1597938976350

“Kamala has been a superpower in our government, not only showing the world what strong ambitious women of colour can do for our communities, but also speaking up for the voiceless within the justice system and in service.”

For 37-year-old Reese – an author, healthcare worker, and a black woman – Harris’s speech tonight showed her “a woman connected to people”.

“Tonight, we saw a vulnerable human being with a heart, with compassion, with character,” she said. “This is a key component we have been missing in the White House and that wasn’t lost.

“She didn’t hit hard on the politics because people are exhausted – we want to know someone who cares about others, sees people, and will fight for human beings first [and] will be leading the country into the future.”


Maxim Covergirl Competition 2020

Maxim Cover Girl Page

Release – Maxim Covergirl 7-20-2020

CHICAGO, July 20, 2020 – South sider Octavia Reese, Principal Epic Trainer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, author, cellist, and single mom of three boys is competing for Maxim Covergirl 2020 and $25,000. The competition, which began in May, features thousands of models from around the world, and Octavia has now advanced to the semi-finals. From July 20 to July 30 Octavia is up against seven other women competing for the title, the cash, and the springboard into the world of modeling and entertainment. Octavia has to place first in her group to advance to the Final Eight.


Detroit Book Fest 2019

Former Miss Michigan returns to hometown with fourth book in SFF series

Release – Detroit Book Fest 7-15-2019

OCTAVIA REESE THE HIBOULEANS


Wakandacon 2019

July 26, 2020 CHICAGO – Rena Baron, Tephra Miriam and Octavia Reese host panel discussing World Building for Black SFF.

WORLD BUILDING - BLACK SCIFI



Photos from the First-Ever Wakandacon

Cosplayers, many dressed as black superheroes, flocked to the
three-day celebration of Afrofuturism and all things Black Panther.


WAKANDACON WAS BLERD REPRESENTATION AT ITS FINEST

Aug 6 2018 THE TRIIBE
Octavia Reese Wakandacon

First-ever Wakandacon celebrates black creativity, diversity


Release – Wakandacon 2018 – 7-31-2018

LOCAL AUTHOR AND TEEN ARTIST PARTNER TO INSPIRE GIRLS WITH SCI-FI SERIES AT FIRST ANNUAL WAKANDACON

Former Miss America contestant writes brown girls into the spotlight; 9th grader illustrates

octavia reese wakandacon


Release – Feminist Chicago author joins discussion panel for Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home in Grand Rapids 7-24-2018

CHICAGO AUTHOR JOINS DISCUSSION PANEL FOR TONY-WINNING MUSICAL

Author Octavia Reese discusses feminism, family and LGBTQ issues in Grand Rapids production of Fun Home


Former Miss Michigan sends message to young girls through new book series

July 15 2018 WXYZ Channel 7 DETROIT

https://www.wxyz.com/news/former-miss-michigan-sends-message-to-young-girls-through-new-book-series



Miss America drops swimsuit portion and won’t judge on looks

June 5 2018 ABC7 Chicago

http://abc7chicago.com/society/miss-america-drops-swimsuit-portion-and-wont-judge-on-looks/3565732/


Release – Detroit Book Fest 7-15-2018

FORMER MISS MICHIGAN RETURNS TO DETROIT TO INSPIRE GIRLS WITH BINGE-WORTHY SCI-FI SERIES AT DETROIT BOOK FEST

Independent author and former pageant queen aims to redefine how young women of color set expectations for themselves


Meet Octavia Reese

May 1 2018

Voyage Screenshot


General Press Kit – Introducing The Hibouleans Vol 1

  • press release
  • key themes:
    • about The Hibouleans
    • about Volume 1
    • about the author
  • sample chapters