Welcome to my literary lounge. My name is Jodi-Ann Burey, and I'm aspeaker,writer, andpodcast creator/host focused on the intersections of race, culture, and health equity. I curated this space to spark continued exploration and conversation around these topics with a quarterly list of titles authored by people of color who are devoted to telling the stories of our lives - lived or imagined.
Racism does not define our lives as people of color. No one singular narrative can tell the story of who we all are. From our triumphs to the mundanity of everyday living, from how we laugh to how we hurt, from how we struggle with dreams deferred to ways we can embody our dreams completely — there may not be enough books to read in the world that captures who we are, but we can try.
Iinvite each of youto give yourself space to rest in the refuge these pages provide from the othering that engulfs our everyday lives.And through these stories,I hope you too can find yourselves, and perhaps each other, as we continue to celebrate the fullness of our communities across the diasporas.
This Quarter's Theme:
"Fact and Fiction: The Story of Our Lives"- acollection of gripping short stories and memoirs about our expansive lived experiences andcommunities through thegaze of people of color.
Jodi-Ann Burey (she/her) has a mission to disrupt “business as usual” to achieve social change. She is a sought-after speaker and writer who works at the intersections of race, culture, and health equity. Her TED talk, “The Myth of Bringing Your Full Authentic Self to Work,” embodies her disruption of traditional narratives about racism at work. Jodi-Ann is also the creator and host of Black Cancer, a podcast about the lives of people of color through their cancer journeys, which was recently featured on POPSUGAR and NBC – Dallas.
Jodi-Ann holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She prides herself on being a cool auntie, a twist-out queen, health advocate, adventurer and reluctant dog owner. Jodi-Ann is currently working on her first book.