Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30Uptown Campus
How have our mother's influenced our understanding of ourselves? How have we grown into or out of their legacy? This keynote examines how we both embody and reject the narratives of our mothers, using the personal narrative of writer and teacher Ashley Young alongside the writings of Audre Lorde.
Ashley Young is a Black, Queer, genderqueer writer, poet, teacher and tarot reader. Their work has been published in three anthologies, Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2011), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy (Portland Studio, 2015). They have been a contributor at Elixher and GO magazine featuring stories on mental health, alternative sexuality and the craft of writing. Their nonfiction and poetry have been featured in various online magazines, such as Black Youth Project, Deaf Poets Society, Autostraddle, Rvkvry Journal, and Wilde Magazine. Ashley is a 2010 Voices of Our Nation's Foundation Poetry Fellow and a 2011/2016 Lambda Literary Foundation Nonfiction Fellow. They have taught writing workshops at various conferences and universities throughout the country including NYU and UMass Amherst. They are currently at work on their first novel, “The Liberation of the Black Unicorn,” an Audre Lorde inspired biomythography. Ashley lives in New Orleans reading tarot and offering spiritual products through their business Black Unicorn Tarot, specializing in services for Queer, Trans, genderqueer and people of color.