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.
Lisa A. Jones is a former network news producer and award-winning television documentarian who is writing a memoir about her decade-long journey successfully tackling her young son’s life-threatening illness, including his bone marrow transplant. Her forthcoming book poignantly tells her family’s unique story and draws on her personal journals and her years as a storyteller and a producer for FRONTLINE and ABC News. Jones is also a graduate of Yale and Harvard’s Kennedy School. After her family’s journey through cancer, Jones served in the Obama Administration as the assistant administrator for communications for the Federal Aviation Administration from 2016 to 2017. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in the Boston area.
Fabiana Monteiro, age twenty, is passionate about knowing people’s stories. Her greatest motivation is her family. She dreams about going to university and becoming a writer in the future.
Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Selected as a tuition scholar in fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2015, De Leon was also named the 2015–2016 writer-in-residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She is using her office space in the Boston Public Library and stipend to work on her young adult novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From. Jennifer’s short story “Home Movie,” originally published in the Briar Cliff Review, was also chosen as the 2015 One City One Story pick as part of the Boston Book Festival. De Leon is now a freelance writer, editor and consultant, as well as a creative writing instructor at Emerson College, GrubStreet creative writing center and elsewhere. She also has an active career as a public speaker on issues of diversity, college access and the power of story.
Deborah L. Plummer, Ph.D., is the editor of the Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman & Littlefield) and author of Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendship (Pilgrim Press), which received the publisher’s Mayflower Award for best publication in the category of church and society. As a psychologist, university professor and chief diversity officer, she has also authored several book chapters and published numerous journal articles for the academic community. She has written for Diversity Executive and Globe Magazine and is a proud board member of GrubStreet, one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers, located in Boston. You can find more information at https://www.dlplummer.com.