This year both the National Women’s Studies Association Conference and the American Studies Association are taking place in Atlanta over November 8-11. We are so lucky to have such talented authors in town to share their work with the Charis community. In order to accommodate all of the brilliance we are hosting a larger than usual panel and roundtable discussion for authors to share just a snippet of their work in the hope that if you hear something that excites you, you will connect with them and learn more about their work and their books. Authors will read, sign, and mingle. Light refreshments will be served. This is a Charis Circle event. The suggested donation is $5.
Click here to read about each author’s books:https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/nwsa-feminist-author-and-activist-roundtable-and-meet-and-greet
Featured authors include:
Julia “Jules” Balén is a professor of English and a founding faculty member of Chicana/o Studies, Freedom & Justice Studies, and Philosophy at the California State University system’s newest campus, Channel Islands (in Camarillo), ze has been involved in queer choral movement for almost 30 years and has dedicated zir research, writing, service, and community work to creating greater equity for all. Ze is the author of A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice.
Shanya Cordis is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Spelman College. Of black and indigenous (Warau and Lokono) Guyanese-American heritage, her research focuses on indigeneity across the Americas and the Caribbean, black and indigenous political subjectivities and social movements, gender violence, and critical feminist geographies. Her forthcoming manuscript, tentatively titled Unsettling Dispossession: Gender Violence and Indigenous Struggles for Land in Guyana, examines the relationship between (neo)colonial recognition, land dispossession, and gendered violence in Guyana.
Kimberly Dark has written award-winning plays, taught and performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades. She is the author of The Daddies, Love and Errors and Co-Editor of the anthology Ways of Being in Teaching.
Aimi Hamraie is assistant professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and director of the Critical Design Lab and Mapping Access project. Their interdisciplinary research spans critical disability theory, feminist and crip technoscience, new materialisms, and design. Hamraie is the author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability.
mónica teresa ortiz was born and raised in the Texas panhandle. Her work has appeared in Winter Tangerine Review, the Texas Observer, Bombay Gin, Black Girl Dangerous, Huizache, and in the Texas Review. A co-editor of pariahs, an anthology of marginalized writers from SFA press, ortiz is also the poetry editor for Raspa Magazine. muted blood is her first book.
Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón is an interdisciplinary Latina feminist performance studies scholar and Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz. She is the author of Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora.
Minnie Bruce Pratt is the co-author (with Elly Bulkin and Barbara Smith) of Yours In Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives On Anti-Semitism and Racism, the author of six books of poetry, The Sound of One Fork, We Say We Love Each Other, Crime Against Nature,Walking Back Up Depot Street, The Money Machine, and The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems, and the author of the prose works: Rebellion: Essays 1980-1991 and S/HE. Her newest books are Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism, an anthology she co-edited with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Robin Riley; Inside the Money Machine, a book of poems; and an essay in Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope, edited by Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda E. Carty.
Mary Robertson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. She is the author of Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity.
heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer, sick/disabled, mixed-race, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, artist, scholar, & activist. Her first collection, The Inheritance of Haunting, was selected by Ada Limón for the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize & will be published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2019. Her poetry has been published in As/Us, Raspa, Word Riot, Feminist Studies, Huizache, & Nat. Brut, among others. A 2018 VONA alum, and doctoral candidate in political theory at the CUNY Graduate Center, she was raised in California and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Wendy Rouse is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University and is the author of Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement and The Children of Chinatown: Growing up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920.
Mab Segrest is the author of Memoirs of a Race Traitor, Born to Belonging, My Mama’s Dead Squirrel, and the forthcoming A Peculiar Legacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry (2019), which is a scathing and original look at the racist origins of the field of modern psychiatry, told through the story of what was once the largest mental institution in the world.
Mejdulene B. Shomali is a Palestinian American poet and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender + Women’s Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her creative and scholarly work centers on femininity, queerness, and Arab cultural production in a transnational perspective. Mejdulene is a 2018 VONA fellow; her poems can be read or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, The Shade Journal, Tinderbox, Diode Press, The Pinch Literary Journal Online, and Mizna, among others. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD.