[Wild Cozy Truth 56] Immigration Policy & Immigration Trauma with Page Zenner

Page Zenner - Feminist Book Club
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First, let me apologize for my disgusting voice in the intro. Like I mention, it’s my feminist duty to be as pathetic as possible during this cold because women are so rarely allowed to be sick. So I’m sniffling out the patriarchy, one Sudafed at a time.
As fate would have it, today’s guest is also our first guest essay contributor. Page Zenner is a technical writer, translator, and poet from Houston, Texas. In lieu of an essay, you’ll hear her read her poem about political trauma, entitled Terror Through the Mirror.
Our interview was inspired by the horrifying news regarding children in immigration detention centers in Page’s hometown Houston. Page’s family immigrated from Venezuela when she was 12 to flee from Hugo Chavez’s fascist regime. In our chat, she describes her experience as an older child in the immigration process and the ensuing trauma that she’s felt since then. The recent political climate, especially in Houston, has only exacerbated these feelings and reopened those wounds. Her family now helps other Venezuelan refugees integrate into the community but it’s still a difficult and troubled process.
I am so grateful for Page’s insight on these matters. We wanted to record this as the news about the Houston detention centers came to light, but couldn’t fit it into our busy schedules. Luckily, we both agreed that immigration policy and immigration trauma are important issues, no matter what the news cycle tells us and we need to have ongoing conversations about our borders and our immigrant friends and neighbors.
Connect with Page on Instagram: @page.zenner
Want to support immigrant communities? Start with RAICES.
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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminist 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: memoir, contemporary literary fiction, short stories

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