Janet Stickmon's Midnight Peaches, Two O'Clock Patience is a mantra, a spell cast to acknowledge ancestral connection, the multiple gazes upon the female body, and the sexual freedom born from motherhood. This collection of essays, poems, and short stories invites the reader to bear witness to how women touch others and the ways they want to be touched. Midnight Peaches, Two O'Clock Patience disrupts the border separating public and private, human existence and the spirit realm, exposing the beauty of what has been named dirty, shameful, and repulsive. Stickmon reminds us that patience and a listening ear can inspire a woman's creative power to overflow without warning.
About the Author
Prof. Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon, author of Crushing Soft Rubies, is a teacher, writer, and performer. Stickmon has taught ethnic studies, social justice, history of Christianity, spoken word and algebra at Salesian High School in Richmond, CA for several years. She is currently a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College, teaching Filipina/o-American Heritage, American Mind I and II, and Intro to Africana Studies. Prof. Stickmon is the founder and facilitator of Broken Shackle Developmental Training--a program that promotes the use of healing techniques to help reduce the effects of internalized racism. Stickmon's memoir, Crushing Soft Rubies, has been used as a course textbook at U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Gavilan College. She is also a spoken word artist who has performed at several venues across the country. Through her literature and performances, she explores issues of love, motherhood, resilience, ancestral connection, and joy. Stickmon holds a Master's of the Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, a Master's of the Arts Degree in Religion and Society from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine. Her work has influenced thousands of adults and adolescents for the last seventeen years.