Writing Motherhood in Post-Roe America, Sponsored by Hugo House

Ballroom 1, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The choice to become a mother, in all its beguiling complexity, has long been a subject of writers. Following the Supreme Court decision overturning the right to abortions, how do we write about the value and essential work of mothering, teach antiracism to our children, and offer new narratives on motherhood towards a more equitable society? This panel draws together multidisciplinary writers to discuss parenting, identity, and what can be done to combat the latest crisis facing American womxn. This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.



Claire Dederer

Sonora Jha is the author of the novels The Laughter (Harper Via, 2023) and Foreign (Random House, 2013) and the memoir-in-essays How To Raise a Feminist Son (Sasquatch/PRH, 2021). Her essays are in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and more. She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University.

Angela Garbes

Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her first novel, The School for Good Mothers, is a New York Times best seller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.


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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center