Keynote Speaker – Staceyann Chin
SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference
Friday, november 9th 2018, 3:00 pm The westin denver downtown
(followed by book signing and reception)
Staceyann Chin – “Jamaican-Born, Brooklyn-Living, Woman-Loving, Writer/Poet, Political Activist, and Performance Artist. Single Mama” – is the Keynote Speaker for the SSAWW 2018 Triennial Conference on “Resistance and Recovery Across the Americas.”
Ms. Chin is a fulltime performance artist, spoken-word poet, and LGBT rights political activist. She has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998.”
Her work has been featured in more than 21 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily. Her distinguished titles include: The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir, and “Authenticity,” featured in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.
Ms. Chin has performed on stage and screen, including both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. She co-wrote and performed in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Ms. Chin was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway for her performance in her own production – Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire. She acted in the film Across the Universe, and was featured in the documentaries: Black./Womyn.:Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent, and OnePeople: The Celebration.
She has also been featured by public-access television cable programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality.
In 2015, Ms. Chin was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month. And in 2017, she was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in “Motherstruck.”