Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Reed College Multicultural Resource Center
The MRC in conjunction with the Black and African Student Union and the Feminist Student Union bring you Black queer writer, feminist, activist and creator/editor-in-chief of the online web magazine Black Girl Dangerous, Mia Mckenzie!
Mia is a self-described “writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian (now living in the bay area) with a deep love of vegan pomegranate ice cream and fake fur collars. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety”. Her second book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender is being taught at colleges and universities across the country. You can read her short stories in The Kenyon Review and make/shift. She travels and speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and the intersections of all of these”.
Free and open to the public.