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Reading from "My Cesarean"

  • Moon Palace Books 3032 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis (map)
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Editors and writers from the new essay collection, My Caesarean (The Experiment, May 2019) will read from their work. C-section birth is often discussed in singular terms, but these writers explore the many nuances of their experience. Authors Amanda Fields, Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy, SooJin Pate, and Rachel Moritz will share excerpts from the book.

Amanda Fields co-edited Toward, Around, and Away from Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity. She has published in creative and scholarly outlets, including Indiana Review, Brevity, So to Speak, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She is an assistant professor of English and the writing center director at Central Connecticut State University.

Daniela Montoya-Barthelemy is a queer Xicana from a small town in northern New Mexico. Her business, Mama Sin Vergüenza, was born out of her first son’s birth and her passion for sexual health and social justice. The services offered reflect her gifts in balancing strategic health research with holistic modalities of care. Daniela aims to support individuals navigating the life and death cycles around reproduction and trauma transmutation. She loves getting into the nitty-gritty academics of public health research and enhancing that knowledge through intuition. In addition, she is slowly integrating Mexican Traditional Medicine and somatic psychology practices into her services as she learns more from trusted teachers.

Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave (Kore Press), a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2016 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award from Lost Roads Press. Her work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, and Volt. Among her awards are fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, most recently a 2017 Artist Initiative grant in prose.

SooJin Pate is a writer and educator who is dedicated to praxis that centers the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples. Since receiving her Ph.D. in American Studies, she has taught courses on self-care, critical race theory, women of color feminism, and U.S. history and literature at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities. She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Motherloss: A Memoir (forthcoming). Her writings on self-care, self-love, African American literature, and Korean adoption have appeared in various journals and edited volumes.