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Reading/Performance Next Week!

Please join "Critical Dialogues: Crossings in American Studies" for an
adapted performance of...

* **Chinese Black White Women Got the Beat (revised)*

featuring Lori Young-Williams & Sherry Quan Lee**

*Two mixed-race women, 20 years apart in age, discuss their lives. See how
different, and not so different, they are...***

Tuesday, March 30


Appleby Hall 103

****Note Location Change******

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Refreshments will be provided

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Sponsored by the Department of American Studies**


*Lori Young-Williams* is a 41-year-old prose poet, born in St. Paul. She
comes from a working-class family that believes in laughing, crying, and
praying when times are good, bad or otherwise. Lori has one brother, one
sister, and another sister who passed away when she was 14. She received her
degree in Human Relationships with an emphasis in family relationships at
the University of Minnesota, 1992. Lori works a 9-5 job in Human Resources
and Finance, but her passion is her writing. Most of her poetry is about her
family--family relationships and how they impact her life. She has been
published in *Interrace Magazine*, the Turtle River Press, the National
Library of Poetry, Quill Books, "Dust & Fire," and other anthologies. Also,
she has self-published two chapbooks. She has read in various bookstores,
coffee shops, and spoken word events in the Twin Cities. Lori recently
was accepted as a participant for the Givens Black Writers Retreat,
with Sonia Sanchez and Carolyn Holbrook. She is currently working on
her Master's thesis through the Master of Liberal Studies program at
the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Rose Brewer,
Carolyn Holbrook, Sherry Quan Lee, and others.**

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*Sherry Quan Lee approaches writing as a community resource and
as culturally based art of an ordinary everyday practical aesthetic. *Quan
Lee taught Creative Writing at Metropolitan State University for ten years,
and now teaches community-based workshops such as Stories that Save Lives,
and Bookmaking. She is also a mentor. For the past eight years, Quan Lee
has been, and currently is, a Program Associate for the Split Rock Arts
Program Summer Workshops, College of Continuing Education. Quan Lee earned
an AA degree at North Hennepin Community College (honored as a Distinguished
Alumni in 2004), and a BA and MFA (first Chinese/Black woman, in 1996, to
graduate from the, then, newly established MFA Program) at the University of

Quan Lee is the author of *A Little Mixed Up*, Guild Press, 1982 (second
printing), *Chinese Blackbird*, a memoir in verse, published in 2002 by the
Asian American Renaissance, republished 2008 by Loving Healing Press, and *How
to Write a Suicide Note: serial essays that saved a woman's life*, Loving
Healing Press, 2008. http://www.sherryquanlee.com /