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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Introduction 0:00
First impressions of the book
Janet Mock’s writing from her experience
What was the author’s purpose?
The importance of autobiography

Celebrating marginalized voices
Changing opinions of the book
Presence of music in the book

Facilitators: Matthew Lewis and Naomi-Antrelle Jones

Matthew Lewis
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-Antrelle Jones
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.