Eight days after the election I sent the following email to a group of friends, asking if they’d be interested in taking part of a roundtable discussion for Poems & Numbers. Following is the discussion and how it unraveled and how we came to understand the struggle we were in for. Thanks to Aaminah Shakur, Erin Hawley, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Alice Wong.
Elle will be writing a monthly column here at Poems & Numbers.
My name is elle gray and I am an associate professor of history. I focus on recent U.S., particularly within the fields of African American, women’s, and labor history. The mother of one almost-grown-up young man, I have cared for a number of children and I write about black women and motherhood, as well. I have lived my whole life between Louisiana and Texas, a fact that shapes one of my other passions—cooking. I love calla lilies, puppies, and good books. I have a love-hate relationship with my writing, but it is absolutely necessary to my life!