“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
Tessara Dudley is a poet, historian, and activist. Graduating in Summer 2017 with a BA in Black Studies, Liberal Studies, and Social Science, Tessara is currently pursuing a PhD in History. Her research focuses on the labor of African Diasporan women participating in the informal economy during the late modern period, with particular interest in sex work.
In her spare time, she writes poetry and personal essays. Her personal writing focuses on social justice, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, size, and ability.
Tessara is the founder of Mourning Glory Publishing, a radical micro press. MGP publishes books by writers of colour, and writers from other marginalised communities. Operating from the belief that society cannot be equitable or just when the voices of marginalised peoples are not valued, the press’s mission is to bring those voices from margin to centre, uplifting the words of people of colour, trans and queer people, people with disabilities, neuroatypical/neurodivergent people, and others.
Tessara offers services including social justice workshops, editing, and coaching for writers. See Coaching and Consulting for more information.
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Some of the photography work on this site is attributable to Darwin Rose Força, a multi-talented writer, photographer, and social media maven.