As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Light refreshments will be offered.
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.
Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari is a poet, essayist and fiction writer who finds inspiration from being a Bronx-bred Afro- Latina, Honduran and Garifuna, of Jamaican descent. She is a Callaloo Fellow, and has performed at the Bronx Library Center, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Café and for the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. She is currently writing her first novel through the MFA creative writing program at the College of New Rochelle. An excerpt of her novel can be found in Issue 33, the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of African Voices. Mercy can be found at mercytullisbukhari.com.
Menen Hailu, originally from Ethiopia, is a graduate of Columbia University, with a master’s in human rights studies, concentrating on women’s rights and children’s rights. She has researched women living with HIV/AIDS and street children from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her doc- umentary film, Young Voices New Dreams, stems from her thesis, “Human Rights of Street Children in Addis Ababa: A Gender Analysis and Perspectives of Street Children.” Hailu has taught human rights in combination with the creative arts to youth at risk, ages twelve to nineteen, in New York City at IMPACT Repertory Theatre. She is also a photographer and poet. To see the film, visit www.youngvoicesnewdreams.com.
Mila Jam is an award-winning NYC nightlife recording artist, entertainer and CEO of artist collective THEJAMFAM (@thejamfam6). From touring internationally with the hit Broadway musical Rent to performing alongside Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson (The Lilly Allen Show), she’s danced for Jody Watley, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite) and the late James Brown and has opened for Natasha Bedingfield. Mila has made candid appearances on MTV News, MTV. com and Perezhilton.com. Mila Jam won Best Music Video (2013) for her single “Masters of the Universe” and Best Dance Entertainer of the Year for the New York City Nightlife GLAM Awards.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick (Harper Perennial, May 2018) and the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 best book of the year according to NPR, Kirkus, BuzzFeed, PopMatters, Electric Literature and more—and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” a Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bookforum and Elle, on Al Jazeera America, Slate, Salon, Spin, CNN, and The Daily Beast, and in many other publications around the world. She’s had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Leipzig (Picador Guest Professorship), Yaddo, Ucross and Northwestern University’s Academy for Alternative Journalism, among others. She was last writer-in-residence at Bard College, adjunct faculty at Columbia University and visiting faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts’s MFA program. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City’s Harlem.
Kristin Leavy Miller is a freelance writer and blogger, currently based in Baltimore. She devotes her time to writing about her firsthand experience in managing a food-allergic family—complete with stories, allergy-safety tips, recipes and the daily life of her food-allergic preschooler. When not writing, Kristin’s busy in her kitchen experimenting with allergy-safe ingredients, making delicious treats for all to enjoy. You can find Jet magazine articles written by Kristin at JetMag.com or Kristin’s blog at http://www.carsonskitchen. tumblr.com/.