Those who have been in my life via the internet since I began using it as an outlet in the 1990s, those who knew or have known me before and those who know me only recently, share one piece of knowledge: how important mami’hood (the way motherhood works with women of color politics/identity) is to me.
I became acutely aware of this when I became a mother myself but the role and space mami’hood holds was a powerful influence before then – through the strong mamis in my family, to the mamis fighting for justice for their sons against the NYPD, to mamis I met struggling to balance activism, art, and their families.
Long ago, I planted a seed of wanting to write about what mami’hood looked like to me – how I became a part of this very special neighborhood, how I grow into it (often painfully) and how I help it grow (often joyfully).
I am blessed that this year I was accepted to VONA Voices Writing Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, June 22 – June 28. Once I arrive, I will spend a week with Staceyann Chin and other writers of color working on my mami’hood memoir.
I am humbly asking for help in funding my time at VONA. I am currently a full time student and not working steadily and the cost of VONA Voices is $1450, NOT including travel costs. I am still waiting to see if I received any financial aid, which I applied for but in the meantime there is a deposit to be paid.
Part of my VONA application involved the beginning of a real manuscript and I really feel like VONA can/will help me move my writing forward to the next level.
If you can donate, it will be very much appreciated. I also appreciate and warmly accepted good wishes and love, though for those who don’t have money to give.