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Join the NWSA Arts Committee for a program of musical and poetic performances, including musician and songwriter Tasha, poet Kamilah Aisha Moon, poet Javon Johnson, playwright Kristiana Rae Colón, and musician and poet Jamila Woods.
Open to all NWSA2018 conference registrants.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018
2:15 – 5:15 pm
ROOM 303–305
Hilton Atlanta

"The Mamalogues": A Reading of Lisa B. Thompson's "The Mamalogues"
Friday, Nov 9 2018
4:15 to 5:30pm
Room 221
The Mamalogues portrays the experience of parenting while black, unmarried, and middle class in the age of anxiety. During a single mother’s retreat women share their angst about racial profiling on the playground, their child being the “only one” at their school, and the politics of soccer in the hood. The satirical comedy follows the agonies and joys of motherhood as these moms lean in, stress out and guide precious black children from diapers to college in a dangerous world.

Lisa B. Thompson is an award winning artist, scholar and teacher whose plays have been produced and developed by Brava for Women in the Arts!, New Professional Theatre, The Vortex Repertory, Theatre Rhinoceros, Crossroads Theatre, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, Company of Angels Theater, New African Grove Theatre Company, Black Spectrum Theatre, FronteraFest, Monreal Fringe Festival, and the National Black Theatre Festival. Her plays include the off-Broadway show Single Black Female (LA Weekly Theatre Award best comedy nominee), and Underground (Austin Critics Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award), Monroe (Austin Playhouse Festival of New Texas Plays winner), The Mamalogues, I Don’t Want to Be (Mamie Till), as well as the afro-futuristic trilogy of short plays: Watch, Mother Nature, and Mother’s Day. Thompson’s creative work has been anthologized in Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works and Catch the Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She is also Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of numerous articles and the book, Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class.

Diana R. Paulin [Discussant] is Associate Professor of American Studies and English at Trinity College. Her first book, Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in US Drama and Fiction, won the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre Studies. She has continued to examine how race intersects with other aspects of identity by addressing topics, such as racial performance, critical autism studies and race, and race and sexuality, in her research, publications, teaching, and presentations. More recently, she presented work on race and disability at the MLA, the ASA, and at the SDS (Society for Disability Studies); Paulin also published a commentary on the intersections of Disability Studies and Critical Race Studies in Disability Studies Quarterly. She is currently working on a book project entitled: Black Autism.