Now more than ever, the human and civil rights in marginalized communities all around the United States are in peril. Latina women across our country are facing detention and deportation. The inability to access safe abortion care and other essential reproductive healthcare due to discrimination, economic injustice, and lack of health coverage is a daily struggle for so many. We are proud to support National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and their work to guarantee everyone’s right to reproductive freedom. NLIRH is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to advancing health, dignity, and justice for Latinas, their families, and communities across America.
Starting in 1994, the same year that the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) included reproductive health and rights into their 20 year Programme of Action, NLIRH was founded with the mission to advance a reproductive justice agenda informed by the priorities and experiences of activists on the ground. Using policy change, culture shift, relationship building, and leadership development, NLIRH works tirelessly to expand Medicaid, has called on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reverse a recent policy change regarding the detention of pregnant individuals and to provide prenatal care, and regularly lends it voice against racist policies that limit abortion access.
NLIRH's last five years have been full of promise, growth and success. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to NLIRH, to assist in the expansion of that success in the years to come.
Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, Thea Brown is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Recent poems can be found in Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Oversound, LitHub, Prelude, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook We Are Fantastic (Petri Press 2013) and the full-length collection Think of the Danger (H_NGM_N 2016). She lives in Baltimore, where she was the 2016–2017 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School, a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant awardee, and the recipient of a 2017 UCross Foundation fellowship.
Teri Cross Davis
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint (Gival Press) winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She has attended Cave Canem, the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work can be read in many anthologies and journals including: Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic and Harvard Review, Little Patuxent Review, North American Review, Poet Lore, and Tin House.
Photo: Richard Mallory Allnutt
Kyoko Mori is the author of three nonfiction books (The Dream of Water; Polite Lies; Yarn) and four novels (Shizuko’s Daughter; One Bird; Stone Field, True Arrow; Barn Cat). Her stories and essays have appeared in Harvard Review, Fourth Genre, Ploughshares, the American Scholar, Conjunctions, The Best American Essays, and other journals and anthologies. She teaches in George Mason University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. Kyoko lives in Washington, DC with her two cats, Miles and Jackson.
Vijai Nathan, a comedian and storyteller, has appeared on NPR's "Snap Judgment", at the Montreal International Comedy Festival, and is a contributing writer for The Washington Post Magazine's "Date Lab". Her story will be featured this summer on NPR's Invisibilia. She's appeared in Netflix's "Lady Dynamite" starring Maria Bamford, the feature film "Meet the Patels", and in the Ojai Storytelling Festival. She's also a senior trainer at Story District.
Katie Presley is a feminist writer, Texan, full-spectrum doula, community herbalist, stepmom, and podcaster in Washington, DC.
Please join us on Thursday May 24th, 2018 at 7pm, at Colony Club.