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NYWW @ RED ROOM: My Caesarean Anthology Book Launch

  • kgb bar 85 East 4th Street New York, NY (map)
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New York Writers Workshop hosts editors and writers from the new essay collection, My Caesarean (The Experiment, May 2019). C-section birth is often discussed in singular terms, but these writers explore the many nuances of their experience. Authors Judy Batalion, Sara Bates, Nicole Cooley, Amanda Fields, Jen Fitzgerald, LaToya Jordan, Rachel Moritz, and Robin Schoenthaler will discuss their stories and read excerpts from the book. Hope you can join us!

  • Red Room @ the KGB Bar

  • 85 East 4th Street

  • 3rd Floor

  • New York, NY 10012 US 

— no cover, two-drink minimum —

Judy Batalion is a Canadian author based in NYC. Her next book, Daughters of the Resistance: Valor, Fury & the Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, will be published by Harper Collins in 2020. 

Sara Bates is a mother, writer, and aspiring novelist interested in examining the complexities of motherhood.  She has been a guest on the Vibrant Happy Women podcast, and you can follow her journey to becoming a novelist on Instagram at @embracemypace.  Sara lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two children. 

Amanda Fields co-edited Toward, Around, and Away from Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity. She has published in creative and scholarly outlets, including Indiana ReviewBrevitySo to SpeakKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She  is an assistant professor of English and the writing center director at Central Connecticut State University.

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, writer, and photographer from NYC. She received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She teaches creative writing workshops around NYC with New York Writers Workshop and to incarcerated youth with the organization, Prison Writes. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” was published by Noemi Press in September of 2016. Her essays, poetry, and photography have appeared in such outlets as PBS Newshour, Boston Review, Tin House, Salon, New England Review, and Colorado Review, among others. She has recently finished her memoir about spiritual awakening and coming of age on Staten Island.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans. She is the author of eight books:  five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel and an artists book. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Feminist Wire, The Rumpus, and The Paris Review Daily.  She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College—CUNY. She lives outside of NYC with her family.

LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Thick-Skinned Sugar. She has an essay listed as "notable" in Best American Essays 2016, and her writing has appeared in Mom Egg ReviewPoets & WritersThe RumpusMobius: The Journal of Social Change, and more. LaToya received an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is mother to an amazing kid and wife to an English teacher. Visit her at

Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave (Kore Press), a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2016 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award from Lost Roads Press. Her work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, and Volt. Among her awards are fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, most recently a 2017 Artist Initiative grant in prose. Rachel received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis.

Robin Schoenthaler is a cancer doctor in Boston as well as the mother of two adult sons.  She is a widely published essayist and storyteller who recently appeared  in a Moth GrandSlam. She tells stories about her experiences as a physician, a solo parent, and a general observer of life issues at the extremes.