Podcast Shownotes

[98] Jessica Goudeau, author of After the Last Border

“That was the starting place for me – how had we gone from a place of quiet support for refugees to a place of deep anti-refugee sentiment?” – Jessica Goudeau

Jessica Goudeau has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among many other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced projects for Teen Vogue (“Ask a Syrian Girl”) and “A Line Birds Cannot See,” a documentary about a young girl who crossed the border into the US on her own. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Texas and served as a Mellon Writing Fellow and Interim Writing Center Director at Southwestern University. Goudeau has spent more than a decade working with refugees in Austin, TX and is the co-founder of Hill Tribers, a nonprofit that provided supplemental income for Burmese refugee artisans for seven years. 


Connect with Jessica on her website, Instagram or Twitter.

Jessica’s book recommendations:

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich


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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: feminist thrillers, contemporary literary fiction, short stories, and anything that might be described as "irreverent"


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