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Panel | Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative

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Black women’s natural hair remains political and persecuted even now. Panelists are African American and Latina authors relating their real-life encounters through personal essays. Particularly relevant during this time of emboldened white supremacy, racism, and oppressive othering, panelists’ work explores how writing about one of the still-remaining systemic biases in academic and corporate America might lead to greater understanding and respect.

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette is an SF writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. Her work reflects the peri-racial, social, and economic experiences of African-Americans. Her essays have appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, amongst others. Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at many institutions including the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA). and is the recipient of multiple grants including an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College

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