Events & Author Appearances

Trauma, Tresses, and Truth
Meet the Author: Lyzette Wanzer
Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124 (map it)
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:00pm

Join author Lyzette Wanzer for an author meet-and-greet and reading on Thursday, February 16th at 6pm at the Bayview Opera House. On Friday the 17th at 10am, she'll have a Writing Our Hair Workshop, a safe, nurturing, intentional space to write and share participants hair stories.

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Trauma, Tresses, and Truth
Trauma, Tresses, and Truth ›
By Lyzette Wanzer

Trade Paper

Published Nov 2022

<strong>A <em>Library Journal</em> Best Social Science title of 2022 <br /><br />Black women continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair.</strong><br /><br />From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro Latina natural hair continues to confound, transfix, and enrage members of White American society. Why, in 2022, is this still the case? Why have we not moved beyond that perennial racist emblem? And why are women so disproportionately affected?<br /><br />Why does our hair become most palatable when it capitulates, and has been subjugated, to resemble Caucasian features as closely as possible? Who or what is responsible for the web of supervision and surveillance of our hair? Who in our society gets to author the prevailing constitution of professional appearance? <br /><br /><strong>Particularly relevant during this time of emboldened White supremacy, racism, and provocative othering, this work explores how writing about one of the still-remaining systemic biases in schools, academia, and corporate America might lead to greater understanding and respect.</strong>