How the Medicines Go Down: Anatomy of a novel in progress

Thursday, February 24, 2022
4:15–5:30 pm

In this talk, Nelly Rosario discusses her process of researching and writing How the Medicine Go Down, a speculative novel-in-progress that explores how medical cultures and histories have impacted communities throughout the Americas. Episodic and polyphonic in form, the narrative centers on a family torn between medical activism and personal obligations. Their stories offer reparative visions of a future populated by individuals who reclaim stewardship of their own well being and of their environment.

Nelly Rosario is the author of Song of the Water Saints: A Novel, winner of a PEN/Open Book Award. She holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her fiction and creative nonfiction work appears in various journals and anthologies, most recently in Critical Dialogues in Latina and Latino Studies (NYU Press, 2021) and Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021). She has been on faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos, The City College of New York-CUNY, Columbia University, and was a Visiting Scholar in the MIT Comparative Media/Writing Program. Rosario is currently Assistant Director of Writing for the MIT Black History Project and Associate Professor in the Latina/o Studies Program at Williams College.

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