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Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature. Her debut novel America Is Not the Heart was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Public Library, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Lit Hub, and more. It has been nominated for the Elle Award, the Center for Fiction Prize, the Aspen Words Prize, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Book Award, and the California Book Award. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, Freeman’s, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, and elsewhere.
Flyer for Events on October 15th and 16th

The MSU Womxn of Color Initiatives (WOCI) is an effort to organize events for womxn of color and their allies on the MSU campus and in the greater Lansing community. In doing so WOCI aims to create spaces for students to be in conversation with each other and engage with women of color faculty, guest speakers, staff, and community members. Since spring 2016, the WOCI speaker series has brought one nationally recognized woman of color academic, creative, and/or political speaker to the MSU campus each semester.

The speaker series, artist-in-residence program, and health and wellness workshops offer cross-disciplinary and open spaces for dialogue that address issues of representation, graduation, and retention at the undergraduate and graduate level while offering community building opportunities for junior and senior faculty and staff at MSU. By bringing together speakers, workshop leaders, and community members we hope to strengthen the community of women and allies working toward social and racial justice and equity. In doing so, we can make MSU a Midwest hub for womxn of color intellectuals, artists, activists, and thinkers.

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