Join us for a celebration of Aster(ix)'s newest climate issue focused on motherhood with editor Emily Raboteau (CCNY) & discussing sustainability with contributors from the issue: Stacy Parker Le Melle, Nimmi Gowrinathan, & Vanessa Mrtir.
The works in Mothers Unearthed show how mothers re-experience & witness environmental (and social) catastrophe. They excavate & reinscribe the meaning of protectors as mothers. The fear, anger & cautionary hope is palatable in each of the pieces. Each work shows how these different crises impact their children. From forest to wildfires, lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, our sense of safety in the face of social injustice, climate crisis, & public health. It's very personal, & all on these pages.
Aster(ix) is a transnational feminist literary arts journal committed to social justice & translation, placing people of color at the center of the conversation.
Stacy Parker Le Melle is the author of Government Girl: Young & Female in the White House (HarperCollins/Ecco) & was the lead contributor to Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina & Its Aftermath (McSweeney's). She chronicles stories for The Katrina Experience: An Oral History Project. Her essay Ferry Cross the Mersey was selected for publication as one of the winners of the 2021 Thornwillow Patrons' Prize. She currently serves as Executive Editor for W.K.Kellogg Foundation's Solidarity Council on Racial Equity. In 2020, she was named a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow for Nonfiction Literature. Her recent narrative nonfiction has been recently published in Nat. Brut, The Offing, Phoebe Journal, Silk Road among other publications. She co-founded & curates Harlem's First Person Plural Reading Series.
Vanessa Mrtir is a widely published multi-genre writer, & the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop & the Writing the Mother Wound Movement. Find out more about her relentless belief in our stories at vanessamartir.com.
Emily Raboteau is the author of The Professor's Daughter, Searching from Zion, & Lessons for Survival, forthcoming from Holt. She's a professor of creative writing at the City College of New York, CUNY.
Nimmi Gowrinathan is an activist, writer, & scholar & founder of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative where she directs, Beyond Identity: A Gendered Platform for Scholar-Activists at the City College of New York, the Publisher of Adi Magazine, & the creator of the Female Fighter Series at Guernica Magazine. Her book, Radicalizing Her (Beacon Press 2021), examines the politics of the female fighter. Her political essays which have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Freeman's Journal, McSweeney's Quarterly, Guernica Magazine, & Foreign Affairs among others have been described as "searing in a search for answers" (Publisher's Weekly).
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