Now booking for Fall 2019 Tour
What I Know Now: Building A Future Across Difference
Race. Gender. Sexuality. (Dis)ability. Age. Education level. Socio-economic status. With all of our differences, how do we build the future we want, together?
After eight years speaking and writing on these topics, and creating spaces for marginalized people to raise their voices and be heard by millions, I ask myself: what do I know now that I didn’t know when I started? What have I learned about oppression and revolution, about trust and community-building, about speaking up and sitting down, about solidarity, about rage? The answer: A LOT.
Join me this fall, all across the Northeast, in conversation about our future and how we build together—across difference, with vulnerability and accountability—toward a more just world.
To bring this tour to your college or conference, contact Ash Benson at: bookings at bgdpress dot org
Mia McKenzie, creator of Black Girl Dangerous, travels the country speaking about race, queerness, gender, class, social justice and the intersections of all of these. Her appearances include Brown University, Wellesley College, Oregon State University, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition Boston Youth Conference at Harvard University, Penn State, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Colorado State University, Antioch College and Amherst College, among many others.
To book Mia McKenzie for an event at your university or other venue, contact Ash Benson at bookings @ bgdpress. org (Questions or feedback about BGD articles will not be forwarded to Ms. McKenzie.)
More about Mia McKenzie:
Mia McKenzie is a writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of fake fur and Black people. 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”. You can read her short stories in The Kenyon Review and make/shift. She speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and intersectionality at universities across the country. Read more about Mia at blackgirldangerous.com
Now booking for Fall 2019
BGD columnist and director of programs, CarmenLeah Ascencio, LCSW, MPH, RYT is a public health social worker, community theatre facilitator, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, educator and proud Boricua 2nd generation queer femme. Over the past 13 years her work has centered on partner abuse, sexual violence, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, LGBQT asylum seekers, refugee resettlement and positive youth development. She is the creator of Freedom Labor Love, a consultancy business that helps organizations and schools be trauma informed, emotionally healthy and inspired social change environments. CarmenLeah also speaks and facilitates BGD Get Free workshops for youth of color at organizations and schools.
To book CarmenLeah at your organization or school, contact Ash Benson at bookings @ bgdpress. org (Questions or feedback about BGD articles will not be forwarded to Ms. Ascencio.)