Daisy Hernández, Author/memoirist/feminist- a closer look

Happy Wednesday! As part of our continuing observance of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a closer look at journalist/memoirist/creative writing professor Daisy Hernández!



Describing her newest publication, Daisy notes  “with my comadre, the author Bushra Rehman, I co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. That first edition came out in 2002. USA Today calls the book 1 of the ’27 Things To Read If You Care About Women Of Color’ and Buzzfeed says it’s 1 of ’19 Books On Intersectionality That Taylor Swift Should Read.’  Colonize This! in its new edition is now available!


Indeed, we are getting early reports of the new edition of Colonize This has being added to many Women’s Studies/Ethnic Studies/Sociology course assigned texts!


“As a memoirist, journalist and cultural activist, I’ve been speaking at colleges, conferences and organizations for the past twelve years on feminism, race, immigration, queer issues, and spirituality. I love sharing with audiences the lessons I’ve learned and the ways that we can create inclusive and racially just communities.”  Here’s Daisy at a recent residency at Davidson College (NC).


Daisy Hernández is also the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has reported for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR’s All Things Considered and CodeSwitch. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Aster(ix), Bellingham Review, Brevity, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Juked, and Rumpus among other journals. A contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Daisy is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.

Daisy writes: “I grew up in New Jersey where I heard the best stories about Cuba and Colombia and this lady who knows how to eat an avocado so you won’t get pregnant. It’s also where I first learned about feminism, queer identity, race and immigration in the Americas. You can read these stories in my memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed, which won the 2015 IPPY award for best coming-of-age memoir and the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for best memoir. The memoir is now available in Spanish with a new afterword about underwear and the politics of language.”


Let us know if you’d like to bring Daisy Hernández to speak to your organization, campus, or conference!


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