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Infertilities, A Curation Book Launch

Join Wayne State University Press in celebrating the launch of Infertilities, A Curation edited by Elizabeth Horn, Maria Novotny, and Robin Silbergleid.

The ART of Infertility will have numerous pieces of artwork, as showcased in Infertilities, on display. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Booksweet. A book signing will also take place during the event.

"This daring collection harnesses the power of the arts to dismantle isolation and stigma, letting the light shine through to reveal hidden layers of the infertility experience. With its diverse voices and vignettes, Infertilities, A Curation deepens our understanding of infertility’s profound and complex reverberations."

—Laura Seftel, LMHC, ATR-BC, art therapist, author of Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts, and founder of The Secret Club Project: Artists on Pregnancy Loss

About the Book:

Through personal narrative, poetry, and visual art, stories of infertility that are far more nuanced than statistics, insurance diagnostic codes, and treatment plans, are brought to light. These works highlight the varied perspectives of individuals who have lived with infertility and include perspectives from women, men, and nonbinary and transgender individuals, as well as heterosexual couples, single parents by choice, and lesbian and queer-identified couples. This collection intentionally makes visible the emotional depths of infertility. From diagnosis and treatment, adoption, or living childfree, to miscarriage and pregnancy loss, editors, writers, and artists explore the range of experiences with infertility and their psychological, physical, and emotional impacts in all aspects of life. This carefully curated anthology reveals that infertility cannot be reduced to a singular narrative; instead, it is an assemblage of multiple embodied moments. Whether a reader comes to this book as someone personally affected by infertility or someone who wants to learn more about the experiences of individuals facing reproductive loss, Infertilities, A Curation invites readers to consider how creative practices such as art and writing can aid in efforts to heal individual traumas and more broadly as means of advocacy.

About the Editors:

Elizabeth Horn is a health care communicator and the cofounder and codirector of The ART of Infertility, for which she has curated thirty exhibits since its inception in 2014. Maria Novotny is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and codirector of The ART of Infertility. Robin Silbergleid is a professor of English at Michigan State University. She is the author of several books on reproductive loss and single motherhood, including Texas Girl and The Baby Book.

Contributors Include:

Barrie Arliss, Nicole Askevold, Krys Malcolm Belc, Katie Benson, Jennifer Berney, Jamie Blicher, Kate Bradley, Sally Butcher, Jo C., Denise Callen, Raina Cowan, Sarah Clark Davis, Carla Davis, Molina Dayal, Jessie Dietz-Bieske, La-Anna Douglas, Betty Doyle, Brit Ellis, Ryan Ferrante, Yomaira Figueroa-Vásquez, Foz Foster, Faye Glen, Maya Grobel, Lisa Grunberger, Cha Gutiérrez, Adi Hadar, Cynthia Herrick, Elizabeth Horn, Roxanna Jenkins, Kevin Jordan, Douglas Kearney, Cheryl Klein, Annie Kuo, Dan Louis Lane, Siobhan Lyons, Ashley MacLure, Marjorie Maddox, Margaret A. Mason, Sarah Matthews, Christine McDonough, Sharon McKellar, Erika Meitner, Annamarie Torpey Miyasaki, Christine Moffat, Noah Moskin, Montserrat Duran Muntadas, Maria Novotny, Shannon Novotny, Eva Nye, Poonam Parag, Jaimie Lee Peterson, Matt Quarterman, Jenny Rough, Carla Sameth, Lauree Schloss, Leanne Schuetz, Gwenn Seemel, Robin Silbergleid, Marissa McClure Sweeney, Amy Traylor, Crystal Tursich, Monica Wiesblott, Michele Wolf, Kelly Zechmeister-Smith

Thursday, September 21, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
1946 Packard Street
Ann Arbor MI
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Infertilities, A Curation

Edited by Elizabeth Horn, Maria Novotny, and Robin Silbergleid

Visual art and writing on the immediate and lasting emotional toll of infertility.

Printed Paper Cased
Published: September 2023
ISBN: 9780814350652
Published: September 2023
ISBN: 9780814350669