Ep. 12: Chicana Motherwork with Michelle Tellez & Judith Perez-Torres

In this episode we talk with Michelle Tellez and Judith Perez-Torres of Chicana Motherwork. They just released their book entitled The Chicana M(other)work Anthology, a collection of essays that “weaves together emerging scholarship and testimonios by and about self-identified Chicana and Women of Color mother-scholars, activists, and allies who center mothering as transformative labor through an intersectional lens.”

They speak to many themes during our convo including, how they came together as a collective, how they find work life balance, how they push back against the expectation of academia which is steeped in what Michelle calls a “neoliberal individualistis model of production,” and how they came to write and publish this wonderful piece of literature.

Cristina and I felt so validated to know that we are on a similar trajectory in our own book project with our fellow contributors. And what a gift working in collaboration can be when creating and producing important work.

There is so much here and a lot of it is really us picking their brain to demystify the publishing process, but I think it's a convo that can speak to anyone trying to navigate multiple parts of our identity, career, motherhood, parenthood, and following our passion.

We hope you enjoy this convo with these very talented mujeres.

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Renee Lemus