Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota is a leading reproductive and sexual health care clinic. They strive to offer high-quality, respectful health care services at affordable prices, and in their forty-five years of service have never turned away a patient who can't pay. They bring a unique perspective to health care, putting the focus on education, accessibility, and understanding. Working cooperatively with other community-based organizations, Family Tree Clinic continues to build their capacity to serve LGBTQ communities through outreach, education, and clinic services. They provide a wide variety of sexual health services and specialized care for LGBTQ individuals through all stages of life, including low-cost STI testing and FREE HIV testing for all uninsured patients.
Family Tree Clinic offers hormone care to non-binary and trans-identified people. Their care is intersectional. They pay attention to all of the parts of the patient that affect their health and their experience of accessing health care services.
This remarkable clinic aims to help their patients not only have access to safe and affordable health care but to also make sure they are in control of their sexual health and feel positive about themselves, which is crucial for people in marginalized communities. We are honored to support Family Tree Clinic on June 22nd.
These five amazing women will read an essay about a time an interaction with a stranger surprised them. We can't wait to hear their stories. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to Family Tree Clinic.
Jennilie Brewster’s paintings and installations have been shown in museums and galleries around the country. Her fellowships include the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center’s Swann Fellowship for a writer who’s also a painter. In 2015, she won Matter’s Emerging Writers Contest, chosen by Ashley C. Ford. An essay adapted from Jennilie's manuscript Prism Sentences appeared in Catapult this year. Jennilie lives on Roosevelt Island in the East River, and is the director/founder of Open Doors, a project to improve the lives of hospital residents and inspire action for safer, more just communities.
Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, Apogee Journal, Narrative, Copper Nickel, The Offing, One Teen Story, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere. A co-founder of Hyphen and a fiction editor at Drunken Boat, she has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony.
Maggie Pouncey is the author of the novel Perfect Reader (Pantheon, 2010) and the co-founder and co-owner of Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Fence, The New York Times Book Review and other places, and she has taught at Barnard, Columbia, and the Bard Prison Initiative. She received her BA and MFA from Columbia, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons.
Domenica Ruta's first book, With or Without You, was a New York Times Bestseller. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch and the Indiana Review. She is on the 37th draft of her new novel.
Lynn Steger Strong
Lynn Steger Strong's first novel Hold Still, came out in paperback this year. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Catapult, Lithub, Elle, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Columbia and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
If you are unable to attend our event please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation. Make a note that says donation when you purchase. Thank you!
Please join us on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7pm, at Elsa.
Tickets: $20, available via PayPal and at the door.100% of ticket proceeds and a portion of bar sales will go directly to Family Tree Clinic.