In our stressful, data-driven world, people are looking to astrology for comfort and insight. During times of increasing political, cultural and personal uncertainty, do the answers offered by astrology provide a framework to define our experiences and the edges of ourselves? Join Leslie Jamison (Make It Scream, Make It Burn), Nichole Perkins (journalist and pop culture writer) and Tabitha Prado-Richardson (whose essay ‘Who Needs Astrology?’ in The Lifted Brow won the 2019 Stack Award for ‘Best Original Non-Fiction’) with Ally Garrett as they ponder why, in our age of crisis, so many are seeking comfort in the cosmic.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Leslie Jamison (International)

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering, a critical memoir, two essay collections (The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn) and a novel (The Gin Closet). She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and directs the graduate non-fiction program at Columbia University.

Nichole Perkins (International)

Nichole Perkins

Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee, currently based in Brooklyn. She co-hosts Thirst Aid Kit, a podcast about pop culture and desire, with Bim Adewunmi. She is also one of the hosts of The Waves, a podcast that examines news and culture through a feminist lens. Both podcasts are at Slate. Nichole writes about the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender and relationships. Nichole is a 2017 Audre Lorde Fellow at the inaugural Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat, a 2017 BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow for poetry. Her first collection of poetry is called Lilith, but Dark. Her forthcoming memoir Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be will explore black womanhood and sexuality, online messageboard communities and the effects of pop culture on female desire.

Ally Garrett (Australian)

Ally Garrett

Ally Garrett has been writing and speaking on body politics and fat activism for the past decade. Her writing has been published in places like Daily Life, ABC Life, Jezebel and The Guardian. As a commentator, Ally has worked with The Spinoff and appeared on Pedestrian.TV and podcasts like Astrology Roast and Ladies, We Need To Talk. Ally works as a CX Director in the media intelligence industry.