Alumni Event: Reading from Submerged: Tales From the Basin


Monday, September 15, 2008, 6pm

Room 9204; Refreshments following in Room 6412.

Submerged: Tales from the Basin, is an anthology of literature, memoir, and art created by more than thirty women to benefit those who survived Hurricane Katrina. The title refers to a fear many of us had as young children, of having our heads submerged under water while our mothers washed our hair. The stories, essays, poems, and art of Submerged are an exploration of each contributor’s relationship with her hair, in most cases emotional, often humorous, and consistently generated from youth. An African American writer discusses having her hair ironed straight in the 1960s, with her mother trying hard to keep her from looking like a Black Panther. A Southern writer laments her childhood braid lying in a box in perpetual youth while she, herself, ages. A young woman watches her aging grandmother go bald. A lonely widow rediscovers intimacy from the remote touch of her wax technician. A New Orleans performance group talks about Hurricane Katrina, gender stereotypes, and hair as stagecraft. Artist Lorien Jordan has created a series of drawings in response to these essays, memoirs, and poems. A percentage of the book’s proceeds will help support charities based in New Orleans that work with ongoing relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Readers:

Kelly A. Gola, Lauren González, Ellen Hagan, Rebecca O. Johnson, Carla Porch, Alyssa Robbins.

Kelly A. Gola is a recent graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies; read more about her here.

About the book:

Edited by Lauren González, Images by Lorien Jordan

Available September 1, 2008

ISBN 978-0-9802300-2-4/LCCN 2008932593

Soft cover/US $19.95