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Literary Conference – Reproductive Freedoms

April 26 @ EST 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Free – $20.00

Autonomy over one’s own body is essential for a free and open society. In an era of unprecedented rolling back of women’s rights, join writers and activists as they share attentive ways of thinking, feeling, and responding to our current moment.

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and community activist. She is the author of the award-winning flash fiction collection, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), and the producer and co-director of “The Choice,” a short film about reproductive rights, which won a 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berlin Flash Film Festival. Cooper is a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for Black poets.

Sabia Wade is a Black, Queer, CEO, Investor, Educator, Full Spectrum Doula, and expander of Black Luxury with a mission to help others build a more expansive awareness and understanding of reproductive justice and its connection to all systems through care work, education, and community. She is the author of Birthing Liberation: How Reproductive Justice Can Set Us Free (Chicago Review Press, 2023) and host of The Black Doula podcast. Wade founded For the Village, an organization established in 2018 to provide free and low cost doula services and education in San Diego County for all individuals/ families with an emphasis on marginalized groups.

Aimee Wall is the author of We, Jane (Book*hug 2021), shortlisted for the 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, longlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a jury selection for the 2021 Grand prix du livre de Montréal. Her work has been called “witty, unexpected, poetic and so necessary” by author Savannah Stewart. She is also the translator of several Quebec novels from the French, including works by Vickie Gendreau, Alexie Morin, and Clara Dupuis-Morency, among others.

Leni Zumas is the author of three books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Red Clocks (Little, Brown and Company, 2018), which won the 2019 Oregon Book Award for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the Neukom Award for Speculative Fiction, and was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Vulture called it one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 21st Century So Far. Her fourth book, Wolf Bells, is forthcoming from Algonquin. A finalist for the 2021 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, Zumas is also the author of Farewell Navigator: Stories (Grove Press, 2008) and the novel The Listeners (Tin House, 2012). She is a professor in the creative writing program at Portland State University.

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Books by Desiree Cooper

Know the Mother
Nothing Special

Books by Sabia Wade

Birthing Liberation: How Reproductive Justice Can Set Us Free


Books by Aimee Wall

We, Jane
Sadie X

Books by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks
The Listeners
Farewell Navigator: Stories


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April 26
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Free – $20.00
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740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
(585) 473-2590


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