This reading, signing, and conversation will feature co-editors Mai’a Williams and China Martens, as well as contributor Karen Su
Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice and queer liberation and against violence and imperialism are the same challenges that many mothers face every day. Oppressed mothers create a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits, activate a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present, and embrace collective solutions. Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together. Mai’a Williams is a writer and poet and lives in the U.S. with her daughter, Theresa. She worked in Quito, Ecuador, in 2014 and 2015 as a journalist for teleSUR English, the global Venezuelan revolutionary news agency. Since 2003, China Martens has facilitated workshops to create support for parents and children in activist and radical communities. In 2009, she co-founded Kidz City, a radical childcare collective in Baltimore. Karen Su is a clinical assistant professor in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative. She lives in Oak Park, Ill., with her two children, where she helped establish a parents’ organization called Families and Friends of Asian American Students. She is working on a series of children’s books that shares the everyday life stories of Asian American girls and women.