My Body, My Choice, My Words: Writing for Reproductive Rights
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm
Reproductive rights are at risk more than ever. Memoirists, poets and novelists can play a pivotal role in highlighting the importance of reproductive rights through their work. Panelists will discuss how to create powerful literary narratives that are not polemic, yet can inspire change in thinking and action. Through brief readings and discussion between writers, we aim to foster an important conversation for writers across genres who want to center these critical issues in their work.
Susan Ito coedited the anthology A Ghost at Heart's Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption. She is author of the memoir The Mouse Room. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and on faculty at Mills College and BayPath University's MFA programs.
Abby Minor lives in central Pennsylvania, where she works on poems, essays, drawings, and projects exploring reproductive politics. Her first book, As I Said: A Dissent (Ricochet Editions, 2022), is a collection of long documentary poems concerning abortion, justice, and citizenship in US history.
Kwoya Fagin Maples is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. She is the author of Mend (University Press of Kentucky, 2018) which was named a 2019 Finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award for Poetry and a 2019 Finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama.
Amanda Uhle is publisher of McSweeney’s, known for its award-winning quarterly literary journal, humor website, magazines, and eclectic book publishing program. Uhle's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, ThinkProgress, the Boston Globe, Delacorte Review, and elsewhere.