Jennifer Natalya Fink with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
The author of six quite varied books, most recently the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for Bhopal Dance, and the director of the Program in Disability Studies and professor of English at Georgetown, Jennifer Natalya Fink makes this virtual Elliott Bay appearance for her new non-fiction work, All Our Families: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship (Beacon Press).
“Jennifer Natalya Fink’s All Our Families is a magisterial crip-queer reimagining of our disabled pasts and futures. It is the most thorough and engaging consideration of disability lineage and disability kinship available. Grounded in cutting-edge crip thought on disability justice and care work, All Our Families provides a definitive mapping of transformative modes of disability relationality and solidarity.”—Robert McRuer.
“Fink melds an accessible extended family narrative with a complex and wide-ranging survey of how ableism—intersecting with notions of race, class, gender, the family, the state, and purity—functions to otherize, dehumanize, and hide or erase disabled people. All Our Families offers a deep, reflective, and urgent call to enact a care ethic and also to reframe our identities, lineages, and relationships around notions of disabled kinship.”—Sonya Huber.
Jennifer Natalya Fink will have good company in conversation with her tonight as esteemed Seattle writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author most recently of The Freezer Door and also editor of Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis.