Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair through Personal Narrative

Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:10 pm


From schools to boardrooms to military squadrons, Black and Afro-Latina natural hair continues to transfix, confound, and enrage members of white society. Why is this still the case? The perception, policing, and persecution of our hair is an incontrovertible form of structural oppression. Four contributors read essays from the upcoming book of the same name (Chicago Review Press, 2022). Their work interrogates a systemic bias that is cognizable, legible, and in need of course correction.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_22_Event_Outline_PDF_copy.pdf



Lyzette Wanzer's work appears in 25+ journals and books, reflecting peri-racial, social, and economic African American experiences. Her research interests are in critical race theory, Black feminism, and intersectionality. Her book Trauma, Tresses, & Truth is due out from a Chicago press next year.

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown is a poet and educator from Puerto Rico. She migrated to the United States in 1984. Her work is showcased in the documentary Latino Poets in the United States by Ray Santiesteban. She has read at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Fez, Mad Alex Foundation, Smoke, and the Soho Arts Fest.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa's debut novel, Daughters of the Stone (2009), was shortlisted for the 2010 for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. The English and Spanish language editions of her second novel, A Woman of Endurance, will be released in April 2022.

Lyndsey Ellis is a fiction writer, essayist, editor, and author of the novel Bone Broth. She was a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and was awarded a Kimbilio Fellowship. Her work appears in several publications.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center