F178. Process and the Midcareer Memoir

Room 405, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


When is it time to tell your story? How do you translate having a story to tell to the meaningful execution of a "real" book? Chef Rossi, a rollicking rock-and-roll caterer of queer weddings and feminist extravaganzas, publishes her memoir at age 51. in her fifties, Chicana feminist Ana Castillo (famed for her fiction, poetry, and essays) meditates on the experience of raising a brown son in America. Two wildly different voices answer questions about process and form.



Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer. She is the executive director/publisher at The Feminist Press and the cofounder of Soapbox Inc. Speakers Who Speak Out. Her books include include Manifesta, Grassroots, Look Both Ways, and Abortion & Life.

Ana Castillo is a poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator, and independent scholar. Her book of memoir and personal essays, Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo, and Me is forthcoming.

Chef Rossi is the owner and executive chef of the Raging Skillet. She has written for Bust, The Daily News, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and McSweeney's. Her first memoir is The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi.


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