Lewis asks us to go beyond analysis, inviting us to boldly perform UGLY as an act of rebellion, liberation, and radical self-love. Through self-help exercises, reflective meditations, and lesson plans, Lewis moves us closer to a collective liberation that takes back what society tells us is ugly and taboo...and teaches us to deconstruct what we've told ourselves is ugly and taboo. In sharing her analysis, personal journey, and activity toolkit, Lewis offers a warm embrace and compassionately guides us toward lives of radical self-acceptance, joyful community-centered healing, and unfiltered self-love.
Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, MFA, is a Queer, Fat, Black, Femme performer, facilitator, educator, writer, activist, healer, and joyful weirdo.
Lewis has been a writer and managing editor for Everyday Feminism and Black Girl Dangerous; an instructor at multiple Bay Area community colleagues; the Artist-Facilitator In Residence for the Young Women Freedom Center; and a core team member for Creating Freedom Movements. She is currently the Director of Programming for the Positive Results Center, an organization that addresses trauma and prevents violence within marginalized communities.
Lewis founded Reclaim UGLY: Uplift Glorify Love Yourself - And Create A World Where Others Can As Well, which has hosted conferences, teach-ins, and healing workshops. Please visit www.reclaimugly.org to learn more.
You can find Lewis on Instagram @Black.Woman.Blooming or Facebook.com/subversivepedagogies.
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (January 23, 2024)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 352 pages
- ISBN-10: 1623175860
- ISBN-13: 9781623175863
- Item Weight: 13 ounces