Mend: Re-examining Racism in Medical History through Contemporary Poetry with Kwoya Fagin Maples – Feb 24 & 25, 2021

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Mend: Re-examining Racism in Medical History through Contemporary Poetry with Kwoya Fagin Maples 

Wednesday,February 24, 2021,5:30-7pm MT  plus two related writing workshops on February 25, 2021 (see below)

Passcode: 845689

CME for February 24th Evening Ethics Event Code 55019; Call (801) 478-5852 (always the same)

Mend, a unique poetry collection by Kwoya Fagin Maples, presents the history of medical experimentation upon which obstetrics and gynecology are based from the perspective of Black women. In her 2018 award-winning collection, Maples has written persona poems in the voices of three enslaved Black women–the only ones named from among the many operated upon by J. Marion Sims, revered by many as the of “father of gynecology.” Her poems raise ethical questions regarding racism in medical research in the past but also in contemporary medical practice: black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white females (CDC, 2019). Mend alludes to the inequities through the personal experiences of the author. In our discussion, we’ll re-examine racism in medicine, particularly ob/gyn, as well as consider the vital role poetry can play in social justice, “changing the shape of our social relations and, inescapably, our individual and collective consciousness,” as one Poetry Foundation writer claims.


Kwoya Fagin Maples teaches in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Alabama. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Her research for Mend was funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. Maples received her MFA from the University of Alabama and has published in literary journals, including Blackbird Literary Journal, Obsidian, Berkeley Poetry Review, The African-American Review, Pluck!, Tin House Review Online and Cave Canem Anthology XIII. Her chapbook, Something of Yours, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010.


Mend  is available via the Eccles Health Sciences Library in print for check out (Library Hours) and as an ebook  – UNID and PWD required.


Background readings for this event:


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Writing Workshops with Kwoya Fagen Maples, Author of Mend 

Thursday, February 25, 2021, Noon-1pm MT, via Zoom, open to the general Health Sciences Center community

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5-6pm MT, via Zoom open to BIPOC students, faculty, and staff.


Each workshop will be limited to 25 attendees.  Register for either Zoom session, by emailing: