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Free to Sing!

  • History Park at the Kelly Park Firehouse Bldg 635 Phelan Ave San Jose, CA, (map)

All the Women in My Family Sing editor Deborah Santana and three of the anthology's authors will join United Colors of Sisters to read about their experiences as women of color in America. No more silence! Artists, Activists, Authors, Musicians, Poets, Storytellers, Writers and those of you who aspire and dream, come sing with us and tell us your story!

  • All Female Mariachi Adelita
  • Sister Talks
  • Live Author Readings
  • Art Exhibitions by Visionary Artists Pilar Agüero-Esparza & Allie Nardella
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Book Signing
  • Refreshments and Door Prizes

The event is free, please RSVP by registering here

Authors Attending

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 featured 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 advisory 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 consulting firm specializing in story-rich strategies for social change.

Denise Diaab is a writer who  is striving to live her life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.

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.

Chicago native 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 or at Kristin’s blog.

Earlier Event: August 22
Panel Discussion and Book Signing
Later Event: October 4
Book Reading and Panel Discussion