Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette Wanzer
The Authors Guild

Master of Fine Arts

About

53
Publications
318
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
0
Citations
Citations since 2017
21 Research Items
0 Citations
201720182019202020212022202302468
201720182019202020212022202302468
201720182019202020212022202302468
201720182019202020212022202302468
Introduction
Contributors in this collection are African American and Afro Latina authors relating their often shocking real-life encounters--vis-a-vis their natural hair--through personal essays. Project page: https://shuffle.do/projects/trauma-tresses-truth-untangling-our-hair-through-personal-narrative
Education
August 2005 - January 2008
Mills College
Field of study
  • Creative Writing

Publications

Publications (53)
Article
Natural Bridge
Book
Full-text available
A Library Journal Best Social Science title of 2022 Black women continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro Latina natural hair continues to confound, transfix, and enrage members of White American society. Why, in 2023, is th...
Poster
Full-text available
TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH is a three-day virtual conference examining the politics, policing, and perception of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society. You may see the program from the inaugural 2021 conference at https://trauma-tresses-truth-untangling-our-hair-thro.heysummit.com. The 2023 conference will occur Au...
Chapter
Full-text available
In this essay, I interlace personal vignettes with examinations of the manners in which natural-hair discrimination disproportionately affects, targets, and seeks to corral Black women in nearly every environment imaginable, including the armed forces.
Chapter
Full-text available
In this chapter, I explore the reasons why hair discrimination affects Black and Brown women in such incommensurate ways—and exacts such a searing toll for us—relative to men.
Research Proposal
This book, TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: UNTANGLING OUR HAIR THROUGH PERSONAL NARRATIVE, grows out of one of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ (colloquially known as AWP) renowned conferences; in this particular instance, the 2020 conference that convened in San Antonio, TX. I had proposed a panel on this topic and was delighted when it re...
Preprint
Full-text available
It was just my third day on the job. A coworker who'd been on PTO my first two days-a rotund gentleman with an infectious smile-appeared in my office, introducing himself via nutcracking handshake. He made small talk, then business-speak, back to small talk. Only so much to be said about the weather, the traffic, and the mayor. A column of silence...
Article
Account about being racially profiled in a popular grocery food chain. Appears in NATURAL BRIDGE
Cover Page
Full-text available
Proposal Overview Project website: https://shuffle.do/projects/trauma-tresses-truth-untangling-our-hair-through-personal-narrative
Article
https://www.midnightandindigo.com/lessons-i-learned-from-dad
Article
Blue Literary Magazine (Spring 2020)
Article
Full-text available
https://thewritelaunch.com/2020/01/taking-liberties
Conference Paper
Conference Paper
http://losangelesreview.org/saddest-tale-lizette-wanzer/
Article
Chautauqua Journal. (June 2017)
Conference Paper
Article
Portland Review ISBN 978-0-9887407-7-8
Article
Journal of Advanced Development (July 2014)
Article
The Ampersand Review
Article
Journal of Advanced Development (May 2012)
Article
Full-text available
The MacGuffin (Fall 2011)
Article
Decanto Magazine (England, June 2011)
Article
Ecloga (England) ISSN 1473-2769
Article
Aesthetica Creative Works Annual ISBN 9771758 993005
Article
Callaloo (Winter 2011) ISSN 0161-2492
Article
Aesthetica Magazine (England, December 2010)
Article
The Healing Muse ISBN 0-9789605-4-8
Article
Glossolalia Flash Fiction (October 2010)
Article
Flashquake (September 2010)
Article
Potomac Review. (April 2010)
Article
Literary Paritantra: International Journal on Literature and Theory (India, Winter 2010)
Article
The Potomac Review ISSN 10073-1989
Article
The Yalobusha Review
Article
Gender On Our Minds
Article
Artisan: A Journal of Craft ISSN 1080-7462
Article
The Tampa Review ISBN 1-59732-022-6
Article
West Wind Review ISBN 0-9710085-5-8
Article
Apalachee Review ISSN 0890-6408
Article
Pleiades ISSN 1063-3391
Article
IRIS: A Journal About Women ISSN 0 74470 89587 9

Network

Projects

Project (1)
Project
From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro-Latina natural hair confounds, transfixes, and enrages members of White American society. Why, in 2021, is this still the case? And why are women so disproportionately affected? Audre Lorde penned an essay in which she asked “Is Your Hair Still Political?” Natural hair, whether in the form of braids, afros, dreadlocks, or other natural styles, has always been political, and today, our hair remains political and persecuted. This anthology, for which I serve as both editor and contributor, will examine the disquieting, mystifying, and appalling experiences of Black and Black Latina women. This project illuminates two conundrums: first, the absurdity of trying to enforce white haircare grooming standards on African American women; and second, the muted but invasive means by which society, its institutions, and its inherent structures shame our hair from infancy through adulthood.