TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: Virtual Conference Interrogating Black Women's Natural Hair


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TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: 3rd Annual Virtual Conference Interrogating Black Women's Natural Hair, occurs August 9-11, 2024! This online event features over 25 speakers exploring the perception, policing, persecution, and politics of Black and Afro Latina women's natural hair. A limited number of Free Passes are available until they sell out. A limited number of Early Bird priced passes become available on July 5th, again until sold out. Standard Admissions Passes are also available. Note that purchases after July 27th incur a Late Purchase surplus fee. Review the schedule of workshops, panels, and speakers, select your sessions, and reserve your space at

About this Lister

TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH is a book-and-conference project examining the perception and policing of Black women's natural hair in American society. Lyzette Wanzer, MFA, is the Founder and Director. TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, and is work is supported by San Francisco Arts Commission and California Arts Council.

Background and Expertise

Lyzette’s work appears in over thirty literary journals, books, and magazines. Library Journal named her book, TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives (Chicago Review Press 2022), a Top 10 Best Social Sciences Book. Publishers Weekly featured the book in Fall 2022. Lyzette is a contributor to Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth From the Margins (Wayne State University Press 2023), Civil Liberties United: Diverse Voices from the San Francisco Bay Area (Pease Press 2019), and the multi-award-winning The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2012).

A National Writers’ Union and Authors Guild member, Lyzette’s work has been supported with grants from Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Black Artist Foundry, The Awesome Foundation, and California Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities partner. She has been awarded writing residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts (NE), Playa Summer Lake (OR), Horned Dorset Colony (NY), Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow (AR), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, PlySpace (IN), The Anderson Center (MN), and she has been named a 2023-2025 Lucas Arts Fellow for her upcoming Montalvo Arts Center residency.


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