Redefining Realness: Authentic Storytelling
September 24, 2020
This Big Read discussion focuses on Janet Mock’s amazing book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Join Matthew Lewis and Naomi-Antrelle Jones in part one of this three-part video series to talk about authentic storytelling.
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First impressions of the book 0:45
Janet Mock’s writing from her experience 2:02
What was the author’s purpose? 2:54
The importance of autobiography 5:12
Celebrating marginalized voices 7:39
Changing opinions of the book 8:40
Presence of music in the book 10:58
Facilitators: Matthew Lewis and Naomi-Antrelle Jones
Matthew Lewis is a Black Queer poet, community health promoter, and unapologetic Aquarius. He has a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing and Gender Studies from the UW-Madison. He currently works as a Clinical Program Coordinator for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Matthew has strong passions for storytelling, R&B music, and Food Network TV.
Naomi is a Public Health Social Worker and Trans Health Advocate, currently working as a Program Coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in their Infectious Disease Department. Naomi is a strong supporter of Milwaukee‘s LGBTQA community. Jones is newly added to the Board of Directors for Walkers Point Youth & Family Center. She is also the first Trans Women of Color to be selected for the Wisconsin Health Leaders Fellowship with The University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Recorded on September 24, 2020.