R220. Come Celebrate With Me: Women of Color Writers and Literary Lineage

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Poet Lucille Clifton writes: “come celebrate / with me that everyday / something has tried to kill me / and has failed.” Five women of color trace their literary lineages and celebrate narratives of survival and resilience. Reading their writing and the work of women of color who have shaped their lives, this event draws constellations of inspiration and connection—  across time, genre, and resonant histories. This reading seeks to use language as a space for intervention, activism, and visibility.



Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has been published in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, The Common, The Sun, Southern California Review, and the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. She is an assistant professor at St. John's University in New York City.

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, jubilat, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the US Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Hedgebrook. She is the author of Overpour.

Ysabel Y. Gonzalez works as the Assistant Director for the Poetry Program at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, co-founder of the Brick City Collective, and author of Black Unicorn & Other Wild Invocations.

Anastacia Tolbert is a writer, Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook alumna, EDGE Professional Writers Graduate, VONA alum, creative writing workshop facilitator, documentarian, and playwright. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published widely.


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