This timely collection of prose and poetry by sixty-nine women of color relates personal stories of challenge and triumph to illumine hearts and minds. Join editor Deborah Santana and authors of All the Women in My Family Sing as they read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
Camille Hayes is a communications professional, social change advocate, author and blogger, covering politics and women’s issues at her blog, Lady Troubles (www.ladytroubles. com). Her writing has been featured by The Good Men Project, Bitch magazine and the Ms. magazine blog, and she’s a former columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English. When she’s not busy complaining about injustice, she likes to cook, make jam, hike and kayak near her home in San Francisco.
Charina Lumley is the COO of Movemeant Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides life-changing health and fitness programs to young women so that they may learn self-esteem, self-confidence and positive body image. Charina has been a senior-level publishing executive with nearly two decades of successful sales, marketing and business development experience at such titles as Dwell; Backpacker; Climbing; O, The Oprah Magazine; Men’s Health; and Martha Stewart Living. While she spends most of her time chasing social impact, Charina also chases the bike in front of her, the latest food truck and her adventuresome son.
Maria Ramos-Chertok grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, in a purple house that her mother opened as a shelter for battered women and children in the 1970s. Her early life was filled with political activism and exposure to social justice issues.
An avid writer, she published her first article for teens on dating violence in 1993 and continues to write and publish in a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She leads The Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next in their lives.
Meilan Carter-Gilkey holds a B.A. and an MFA in cre- ative writing and English from Mills College. Her essays have been published in the anthology Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers, Mutha Magazine and the Huffington Post. She is a contributing writer for mater mea and Heart & Soul magazines. Recently, she won a James D. Phelan Literary Award for her family memoir in progress. Meilan lives in the Bay Area.