Books for changing the world

December 8, 2022 at 7.00pm – 8.30pm


Cherríe Moraga’s Portrait of Queer Motherhood

Join Cherríe Moraga and Martha Gonzalez for a conversation in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Moraga’s Waiting in the Wings.



Join Cherríe Moraga and Martha Gonzalez for a conversation in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Moraga’s classic Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood.

In a series of journal entries—some original passages, others revisited and expanded in retrospect—Cherrié Moraga details her experiences with pregnancy, birth, and the early years of lesbian parenting.

With the premature birth of her son—when HIV-related mortality rates were at their highest—Moraga, a new mother at 40-years-old, was forced to confront the fragile volatility of life and death; in these recorded dreams and reflections, her terror and resilience are made palpable. The particular challenges of queer parenting prove transformative as Moraga navigates her intersecting roles as Chicana mother, child, lover, friend, artist, activist, and more.

With an updated introduction and other additions, including an afterword by Rafael Angel Moraga, this revised 25th anniversary edition of Waiting in the Wings is thoughtful and emotive, with prose that is sharp and beautifully written, from the voice of a beloved and incomparable writer.

Get the book from Haymarket:

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will also be recorded and live captioning will be provided.***


Cherríe Moraga is an internationally recognized poet, essayist, and playwright whose professional life began in 1981 with her co-editorship of the groundbreaking feminist anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. She is the author of several collections of her own writings, including A Xicana Codex of Changing ConsciousnessNative Country of the HeartWaiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood, and also forthcoming from Haymarket in 2023, Loving in the War Years and Other Writings 1978-1998.

Martha Gonzalez is a Chicana artivista (artist/activist) musician, feminist music theorist and Associate Professor in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Scripps/Claremont College. A Fulbright (2007-2008), Ford (2012-2013), Woodrow Wilson (2016-2017), and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2022), her academic interests have been fueled by her own musicianship as a singer/songwriter and percussionist for Grammy Award (2013) winning band Quetzal.