NWSA: Feminist Author and Activist Roundtable and Meet and Greet!

Event date: 
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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This year both the National Women's Studies Association Conference and the American Studies Association are taking place in Atlanta over November 9-11. 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.

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 NoiseChoral 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 DaddiesLove 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 ForkWe 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 Inheritance: 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 NickelThe Shade JournalTinderboxDiode PressThe Pinch Literary Journal Online, and Mizna, among others. She currently lives in Baltimore, MD. 

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Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620972977
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New Press - February 4th, 2020

A scathing and original look at the racist origins of psychiatry, through the story of the largest mental institution in the world

Today, 90 percent of psychiatric beds are located in jails and prisons across the United States, institutions that confine disproportionate numbers of African Americans.

Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620972991
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Published: New Press - September 24th, 2019

Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author

Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813531014
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rutgers University Press - August 7th, 2002

Veteran activist Mab Segrest takes readers along on her travels to view a world experiencing extraordinary change. As she moves from place to place, she speculates on the effects of globalization and urban development on individuals, examines the struggles for racial, economic, and sexual equality, and narrates her own history as a lesbian in the American South.

Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517901646
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - November 2017

“All too often,” wrote disabled architect Ronald Mace, “designers don’t take the needs of disabled and elderly people into account.” Building Access investigates twentieth-century strategies for designing the world with disability in mind.

The Daddies (Social Fictions #28) Cover Image
ISBN: 9789004383548
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Published: Brill - Sense - October 11th, 2018

The Daddies is a love letter to masculinity, a kaleidoscope of its pleasures and horrors. The question "Who's your Daddy?" started showing up in mainstream cultural references during the 1990s. Those words can be spoken as a question, or a challenge, as a flirtation, a joke, or a threat. It's all about inflection, intention, and who's asking.

Love and Errors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998372815
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Published: Puna Press - July 3rd, 2018

Kimberly Dark is a writer, storyteller and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life one clever essay, poem, and story at a time.

Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity (Critical Perspectives on Youth #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479876945
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Published: New York University Press - November 27th, 2018

LGBTQ kids reveal what it's like to be young and queer today Growing Up Queer explores the changing ways that young people are now becoming LGBT-identified in the US.

Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479895939
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Published: New York University Press - June 22nd, 2018

An inside look at women graffiti artists around the world

Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women's Self-Defense Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479828531
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Published: New York University Press - August 8th, 2017

The surprising roots of the self-defense movement and the history of women's empowerment.

At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women's self-defense movement.

The Children of Chinatown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807859735
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 2009

Revealing the untold stories of a pioneer generation of young Chinese Americans, this book places the children and families of early Chinatown in the middle of efforts to combat American policies of exclusion and segregation.

A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813588384
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Published: Rutgers University Press - November 10th, 2017

A Queerly Joyful Noise examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. As they blend their different voices to create something beautiful, LGBTIQ singers stand together and make themselves heard.

Inside the Money Machine (Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932112606
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Published: Carolina Wren Press - March 7th, 2011

Inside the Money Machine is poetry for the immense majority for those who work for a living, out of the house or at home, from the laundromat to the classroom, from blue-collar construction sites to white-collar desk jobs.

Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781848130197
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Published: Zed Books - October 2008

Women across the globe are being dramatically affected by war as currently waged by the USA.

Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope Cover Image
By Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Editor), Linda E. Carty (Editor)
ISBN: 9781608468973
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 5th, 2018

Feminist Freedom Warriors tells the stories of women of color from the Global South, weaving together cross-generational histories of feminist activism across national borders. These engaging interviews with sister comrades will inform, inspire, and activate the imagination to explore what a just world might look like.

The Inheritance of Haunting Cover Image
ISBN: 9780268105389
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Published: University of Notre Dame Press - March 30th, 2019

Winner of the 2018 Andr's Montoya Poetry Prize, The Inheritance of Haunting, by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, is a collection of poems contending with historical memory and its losses and gains carried within the body, wrought through colonization and its generations of violence, war, and survival.

Muted Blood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997952490
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Published: Black Radish Books - September 15th, 2018

Poetry. "Rooted in history, place, speculative space, love, demarcations, memory, bones and blood, m nica teresa ortiz offers us poems of mourning and remembrance. Polyvalent and assured, the poems expose swallowed feeling, recondition notions, and dare communication. MUTED BLOOD speaks with and for the dead, offers the living a semblance of promise."--Hoa Nguyen