SPEAKERS

Meena Alexander is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center and Hunter College, City University of New York and elector of the American Poets Corner, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Her works include Illiterate Heart (Triquarterly Books, 2002, a PEN Open Book Award winner) Raw Silk (Triquarterly Books, 2004), Quickly Changing River (Triquarterly Books, 2008), and Indian Love Poems (Every­man’s Library, 2005); Fault Lines (The Feminist Press, 2003); Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (South End Press, 1999); Women in Ro­manticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley (Palgrave Macmillan, 1989); and two novels. Poetics of Dislocation is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press (Poets on Poetry Series). She has received awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Rockefeller Foundations and the Arts Council of England.

Tamara Mose Brown is an assistant professor in the sociology department at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Her book Raising Brook­lyn: Creating Community Among West Indian Child Care Providers, forthcoming from New York University Press, details the daily interactions between West Indian child care providers in public places. Her research interests include urban communities, qualitative research methods, race and ethnicity, and the family.

Stephanie Cleveland is an antipostmodernism poet and a radical feminist ac­tivist. Her poems have appeared in recent issues of Denver Quar­terly, LUNGFULL!, Colorado Review, Boston Review, ACM, Conduit, jubilat, Phoebe and are forthcoming in VOLT.

Nicole Cooley directs the new MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College, City University of New York, where she is an associate professor of English/creative writing. She has published two books of poems and a novel. Her third book of poems, Breach, a collection about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2010. Her writing on mothering has appeared in the anthologies Mama PhD, Toddler, Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined, and Fence Books’ collection Not for Mothers Only.

Jocelyn Elise Crowley is an associate professor of public policy, a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Political Science, and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has written extensively on the topic of family policy, including her book The Politics of Child Support in America (Cambridge, 2003). Her most recent book is Defiant Dads: Fathers’ Rights in Activist America (Cornell, 2008).

Cynthia Edmonds-Cady is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and a core faculty member in the women and gender studies program at Illinois State University, where she teaches courses on community organiz­ing, diversity, and social policy. She has published articles on social policy for children with disabilities and on feminist standpoint theory in the welfare rights movement. She is currently involved in two research projects: poor African American and white women’s access to birth control in the 1940s and 1950s American South, and a study of current factors supporting young mothers’ indigenous activism within racially/ethnically diverse low-income communities.

Miranda Field’s first book, Swallow, won a Katherine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Award. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and has received a Discovery/The Nation Award and a Pushcart Prize. She was born and raised in London, and currently teaches poetry at the New School and New York University. She lives in Manhattan with poet Tom Thompson and their two children.

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei is associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University. Her books include The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sight­ings in Modern Art and Literature (Penn State University Press, 2007); Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language (Fordam University Press, 2004); and a collection of poetry, After the Palace Burns (Zoo Press, 2003), which won the Paris Review Prize. She studied at Oxford (DPhil, German lit­erature; MSt, European literature), Columbia (MFA, poetry), and Villanova (PhD, MA, philosophy).

Heather Hewett is an assistant professor of English and women’s studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she  coordinates the women’s studies program and teaches courses in  postcolonial and world literatures, women’s literature, and  transnational feminism. Her work on mothering and family has appeared  in a range of publications, including The Scholar and Feminist Online, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, The Washington  Post, and the Women’s Review of Books, as well as the edited  collections Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (Routledge, 2006) and  Mothering in the Third Wave (Demeter Press, 2008). She is the  contributing editor of the column “Global Mama” at Girl with Pen (www.girlwpen.com).

Caryn E. Medved obtained her PhD from the University of Kansas in 1998. She is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her research interests focuses on the role of language and social interaction in constructing gender, race, and class in our work and family lives. She is currently the editor of Journal of Family Communication.

Andrea O’Reilly is an associate professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University and is founder and director of the Association for Re­search on Mothering, the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, and Demeter Press. O’Reilly is author of Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart (SUNY Press, 2004) and Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism, and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering (Demeter Press, 2006) and editor of more than twelve books on moth­erhood, including From the Personal to the Political: Toward a New Theory of Maternal Narrative (Susquehanna University Press, 2009), Feminist Mothering (SUNY Press, 2008), and Maternal Theory: The Essential Readings (Demeter Press, 2007). She is currently completing a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research study on academic mothers. O’Reilly is editor of the first-ever, three-volume encyclopedia of motherhood, to be published by Sage Press in early 2010.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor is Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and The Graduate Center. She is co-General Editor of WSQ. Her writings address bodies and body practices; her books include In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification (Palgrave 2003), Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press 2007) and The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body (Editor, Greenwood Press 2008). 

Michele Pridmore-Brown is a scholar with the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender at the University of California at Berkeley. She has written for the academic and popular press (including a prize-winning essay in PMLA) on topics ranging from Virginia Woolf and science to, more recently, the politics of stem cell research and reproductive timing strategies among professional women. 

Talia Schaffer is Professor of English at Queens College and The Graduate Center. Her books include The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000), Women and British Aestheticism, co-edited with Kathy A. Psomiades (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999),  a new edition of Lucas Malet’s 1901 novel The History of Sir Richard Calmady, (Birmingham University Press, 2004), and the anthology Literature and Culture at the Fin de Siècle (Longman, 2006). She is co-General Editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly.

 Brenda R. Silver is Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor at Dartmouth College and Adjunct Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her publica­tions include Virginia Woolf Icon (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Virginia Woolf’s Reading Notebooks (Princeton University Press, 1983), and, with Lynn Higgins, Rape and Representation (Columbia University Press, 1991), as well as essays on Woolf, Charlotte Brontë, E. M. Forster, hypertext, and online com­munities. She is currently writing about popular fiction in the digital age.

Amy Sohn is the author of the new novel Prospect Park West (Simon & Schuster) as well as Run Catch Kiss and My Old Man.  For six years Amy was a contributing editor at New York magazine, where she wrote the columns “Naked City,” “Mating,” and “Breeding.”  She has also been a columnist at the New York Post and England’s Grazia magazine. Amy authored the two tie-in books to the hit TV show, Sex and the City:  Kiss and Tell and Sex and the City:  The Movie, both New York Times bestsellers. Her initiation into the Manhattan media world was her “Female Trouble” column in New York Press, a dating chronicle that elicited loads of invective from readers and shamed her parents at cocktail parties.  She has also written for Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, The Nation and The New York Times. She co-created, wrote, and starred in the Oxygen series “Avenue Amy.” She has written television pilots for ABC, Fox, Lifetime and HBO. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Brown University.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Leah Souffrant earned her MFA from Bennington College and her BA from Vassar College. She has been a poetry fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts (2007) and serves as co-chair of the Poetics Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is a doc­toral candidate. She teaches at Baruch College.

Pamela Stone is professor of sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published articles on gender, work, and family in such journals as American Sociological Review and Gender & Society. Her most recent book, Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home (University of California Press, 2007), was the recipient of the 2009 William J. Goode Award for best book in family sociology from the American Sociological Association.

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