Based in Los Angeles County, Womxn’s Write Inn is a collective of womxn poets and writers who have created space to gather to write, break bread, and support each other’s writing endeavors. We represent several underrepresented groups in literature: women of color, queer, immigrant, transnational, and chronically ill. We are dedicated to our writing, active in the Southern California writing community, and committed to fostering inclusive spaces for and supporting underserved and underrepresented writers in their communities and beyond.
liz gonzalez, through Uptown Word & Arts, which she directs, held the first two Womxn’s Write Inns in September 2016 and January 2018 in North Long Beach, California. These events were private , and womxn from across Southern California attended. liz held the events to foster the arts in her North Long Beach area (the arts are dry there), to build community with and support of womxn writers, and to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space for womxn writers. At the second gathering, some participants decided to continue meeting on a monthly basis, which has now developed into the Womxn’s Write Inn collective.
liz gonzález is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been widely published. She is the director of Uptown Word & Arts, a member of Macondo Writers Workshop, and an a founding member of Womxn’s Write Inn. lizgonzalez.com
Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley is a creative non-fiction writer, filmmaker, and mother of two. Her film The Big Deal won the Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Short. She is currently writing a memoir and feature film script while working full-time and trying to juggle it all. lucyrodriguezhanley.com
Sehba Sarwar‘s essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Creative Times Report, Callaloo and elsewhere. A second edition of her novel Black Wings was released in 2019. Sarwar tackles border/ immigration issues through long-term writing and art projects. sehbasarwar.com
Alicia Vogl Saenz is a poet, meditator, and museum educator who brings her queer and mixed immigrant background to her writing and teaching. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Grand Street, and she is the author of the chapbook, The Day I Wore the Red Coat. https://www.aliciabird.me/
LitCrawl L.A., October 6, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm
Womxn’s Write Inn: Empowered Voices
Three members of Womxn’s Write Inn will perform texts that challenge misperceptions of WOC and celebrate the power of sisterhood. Our voices are ever more urgent given the rise of racism and borders closures across the globe.
Poetry Point at Chinatown Hub
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LitCrawl San Francisco, October 19, 2019, 6:30-7:30 pm
Womxn’s Write Inn: A collective of immigrant, transnational, queer, and chronically ill WOC writers will give a reading and discuss ways to create inclusive spaces for underrepresented writers.
The Audre Lorde Room, Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
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February 2020: Workshops, Panel, Reading Long Beach, California
More info coming soon!
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