As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In these dynamic evenings, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
Randi Bryant-Agenbroad, a graduate of Tuskegee University and The College of William & Mary, has spent her adult life writing training manuals for Fortune 500 companies and denying her dream of writing fiction. Age forty hit and so did her determination to finally go after her dreams. Since that point, she has started a popular blog, Beatnik24.com, writes every day and is in the process of completing a nonfiction book titled Neversays: Things That You Should Never Say, as well as a currently untitled work of fiction. She lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, two sons, two cats and huge black Lab.
Tara Dorabji is a writer, strategist at Youth Speaks, mother and radio journalist at KPFA. Her work is published or forthcoming in TAYO Literary Magazine, Huizache, Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, Center for Asian American Media, Mutha Magazine and Midwifery Today. Tara is working on novels set in Kashmir and Livermore. Her projects can be viewed at dorabji.com.
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, won France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction. Ali’s work is driven by her belief in personal narrative as a force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom. She is the curator of the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed virtual exhibition Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. A former cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali has spoken extensively at universities and other institutions worldwide. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and Vogue as well as on National Public Radio (NPR) and elsewhere. She is currently working on a memoir about her near-death experience delivering her firstborn.
Kelly Woolfolk is an attorney (LL.M., Berkeley Law) with a variety of work and life experiences. After her initial foray into the entertainment industry as an actor in Spike Lee’s School Daze, she began her career in the legal department of Virgin Records in Beverly Hills, a stint that led her to pursue her first law degree. Upon earning her J.D. from Howard Law, she worked first for the federal government and later represented private employers and clients in real estate and commercial transactions. Her favorite work as an attorney to date is as counsel for a television production company in Los Angeles, where her creative interests flourish. Kelly also consults with a community college in the San Francisco Bay Area and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences as an adjunct professor in the years ahead. Kelly lives in Oakland, California, with her son, Andrew.