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 afternoon, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
This is a FREE 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.
Michelle Mush Lee, Ed.M., is a poet, educator and arts and culture advocate who uses poetry to preserve the water of her story in this American desert. She moves from the intersec- tion of mind, heart and spirit, and is propelled by what learners do know. Mush’s presentations and storytelling have been fea- tured on HBO, PBS and AfroPop, and at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the New Works Theater Festival and the Brave New Voices Festival. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Ed.M. from San Francisco State University with a focus on equity and social justice. Mush is a former Compasspoint Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow and is frequently a featured speaker on racial literacy, spoken word pedagogies and contemporary youth poetry movements. Mush currently serves as an advi- sory board member for the Alameda County Department of Education’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program and as a senior advisor of pedagogy at Youth Speaks, Inc. She is the founding CEO of Whole Story Group, Inc., a creative consult- ing firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change. www.wholestorygroup.com
Belva Davis is the first Black woman to work as a television news reporter in the western United States. During her impressive career of nearly four decades, Belva has been honored with eight local Emmys, a number of lifetime achievement awards including the International Women’s Media Foundation’s, and honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is profiled in the Newseum, the world’s first interactive museum of news, and in the HistoryMakers Library of Congress collection, both in Washington, D.C. She was one of the founding directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Belva Davis has also received four honorary doctorates, and archives have been named for her at San Francisco State University and the Indiana University Bloomington Black Film Center. Her memoir, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism, was published in 2011.
Want Chyi has taught composition and creative writing across the United States and in Singapore. She has an M.F.A. in fiction from Arizona State University and was the international fiction editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. Originally from the Midwest, she now lives in the Bay Area and currently reads for Zoetrope: All-Story.
Lalita Tademy is the New York Times best-selling author of three historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001, was translated into eleven languages and became San Francisco’s One City One Book selection in 2007. In 2015, Stanford University selected Cane River as assigned reading for all incoming freshmen. She has written two other novels, each released to critical acclaim— Red River, published in 2007, and Citizens Creek, published in 2014.
Veronica Kugler was born and raised in California, where she studied French despite everyone trying to convince her that Spanish was a wiser choice. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in political economy of industrial societies. She worked in strategic marketing for telecommunication companies in France before heeding the call of motherhood in California, and returned to Paris when her husband set her free. She’s on the board of directors of WICE (an Anglophone educational organization for expats in France) and has written for their blog. She’s currently writing her first book and is grateful for every moment she lives in Paris with her children.