Minal Hajratwala is a unicorn of many colors, and a poet at heart. Her latest book of poetry, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, includes poems and the script for her theatrical poetry extravaganza, “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium,” which was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for World AIDS Day. It is published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, which publishes contemporary poetry books from India under a collective mentorship model. Hajratwala is also a writing coach and teacher helping other authors find their voice, particular queer writers and writers of color.
Katie Manthey is an assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Salem College. Her research and teaching are focused around cultural rhetorics, dress studies, and civic engagement. She is a body positive activist and moderates the website Dress Profesh, which highlights the ways that dress codes are racist, cissexist, ageist, and classist.
Guest Aishah Shahidah Simmons chats about her film NO!: The Rape Documentary, being an un-traditional academic, and her new project LoveWITHAccountability, a multi-media campaign for child sexual abuse and incest survivors of African descent to speak out in solidarity and to share their testimonies and solutions for creating accountability with love.
Amy Sadao is an art director, art writer, juror, and lecturer. Sadao advocates for art and culture’s essential role in civil society, and has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and on the BBC, CNN.com, Channel 4, CBC, NY1, and WXPN.