Chicana M(other)work Salon: Sept 11

Chicana M(other)work Salon: Wednesday, September 11

with Michelle Téllez & Grace Gaméz

6-7:30pm, doors and potluck at 5:30pm; $5 donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Kore Press Institute, 325 W 2nd St, Rm 201, Tucson 85705 (parking is free on 2nd St, enter through the double doors on the NE end of the building under the Dunbar Barber Academy sign).

Kore Press Institute is excited and honored to host a conversation about The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque sin madres no hay revolución​ (University of Arizona Press / The Feminist Wire Book Series, March 2019) with anthology editor Michelle Téllez and contributor Grace Gaméz. It’s a potluck, bring something to share if you are able!

The Chicana M(other)work Anthology weaves together emerging scholarship and testimonios by and about self-identified Chicana and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies who center mothering as transformative labor through an intersectional lens. Contributors provide narratives that make feminized labor visible and that prioritizes collective action and holistic healing for mother-scholars of color, their children, and their communities within and outside academia.

The volume is organized in four parts: separation, migration, state violence, and detention; Chicana/Latina/WOC mother-activists; intergenerational mothering; and loss, reproductive justice, and holistic pregnancy. Contributors offer a just framework for Chicana and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies to thrive within and outside of the academy. They describe a new interpretation of motherwork that addresses the layers of care work needed for collective resistance to structural oppression and inequality.

Michelle Téllez, single mom and interdisciplinary scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education, has been committed to mapping projects of resistance, exploring shared human experiences and advancing social justice for the last 25-years. Having been raised along the U.S./Mexico border divide, both her scholarly and community engaged work has been deeply shaped by this experience. Her public scholarship includes writing for Truth Out, The Feminist Wire,and Latino Rebels. Her co-edited book The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución was released in March, 2019, and she is founding member of the Chicana M(other)work Collective and the Binational Artist in Residency project.


Grace Gámez, mother of two, runs the ReFraming Justice Project as the Program Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee, where she works to position directly impacted people to challenge models of justice that are rooted in punishment towards ones that embrace radical community-making and healing. Dr. Gámez is a 2018 “Lead with Conviction” fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, a published author, researcher, and public speaker. She holds a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and a Master of Science degree in Mexican American Studies & Public Health from the University of Arizona.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about the anthology and the Chicana M(other)work project, podcast and blog, check them out here.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon at this exciting Salon to kick off our 2019-2020 season!