She's With Me

A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle

An Evening with Cowlitz tribe members Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres

When: Monday, February 23rd, at 7PM
Where: Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave
Cost: FREE

Elissa Washuta and Christine Dupres discuss their recent books about issues of identity and belonging: “My Body Is a Book of Rules” and “Being Cowlitz.”

Washuta’s memoir, “My Body is a Book of Rules,” tells of her struggles with bipolar disorder, sexual assault, and antipsychotic medication. As a young adult, her crisis of American Indian identity bleeds into other areas of self-doubt; mental illness, sexual trauma, ethnic identity, and independence become intertwined.

Elissa Washuta received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, where she is an adviser and lecturer in American Indian Studies. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Third Coast.

Dupres shows how stories are central to the ongoing process of forming a Cowlitz identity. Through interviews and profiles of political leaders, Dupres reveals the narrative and rhetorical strategies that protect and preserve the memory and culture of the tribe. In the process, she creates a blueprint for cultural preservation that current and future Cowlitz tribal leaders — as well as other indigenous activists — can use to keep tribal memories alive.

Christine Dupres is on the faculty at the American Leadership Forum and owner of Radiant Life Counseling.


About sheswithmeseattle

She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.


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