Friday Announcements: Black Adult Adoptee Experiences Study & Mixed Race Black/White Women Anthology

Call for Participants: Black Adult Adoptees Experiences, by Natasha M. Ball, Texas A&M University

Natasha M. Ball at Texas A&M University is conducting a study on the experiences of black adult adoptees.

Who: African American/Black adults (21+ years of age), who have been legally adopted by Black or White families.

Why: The purpose of this research is to investigate the experiences of Black adult adoptees from same-race and mixed-race families.

What: Interviews will last from 1 to 2 hours. Participant’s identities will be kept in confidentiality;pseudonyms will be assigned during transcription.

Where: Meeting locations will be scheduled according to the most convenient location for participant and interviewer.

For more information contact:
Natasha M. Ball

This research is conducted under the direction of Texas A&M University, Department of Sociology.

Open Call for Submissions: OTHER TONGUES: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out

Co-editors Adebe D.A. and Andrea Thompson are seeking submissions for an anthology of writing by and about mixed-race women of Black/white heritage, intended for publication in Fall 2010.

The purpose of this anthology is to explore the question of how Black/white mixed-race women in North America identify in the 21st Century. The anthology will also serve as a place to learn about the social experiences, attitudes, and feelings of others, and what racial identity has come to mean today. We are inviting previously unpublished submissions that engage, document, and/or explore the experiences of being mixed-race, by placing interraciality as the center, rather than periphery, of analysis.

Please send one (1) submission of up to 2500 words of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or spoken word as a SINGLE attachment to

Black and white images and artwork should be 300 dpi and sent as attachments in jpg. of tiff. format. Artwork and photography limited to three (3) per applicant.

Please include your contact information, including your name, address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of work submitted, type of submission, and a short artist bio (50 words max) in the body of the email, with your name and the type of submission in the subject line (e.g. “Jazmine – Poetry Submission”). All submissions are due April 15, 2010. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

If you prefer that your contribution remain anonymous, please include this preference at the top of your submission. All personal information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Editors, Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson, at

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We look forward to reviewing your submission!