Uncertain Girls in Uncertain Times
poetry, essential advice, and practical know-how for women aiming to set the world on fire
The Uncertain Girls in Uncertain Times anthology pairs poetry with reflections and life lessons from those who have wisdom to impart, history to share, and hope for the future. Within its 130 pages, 32 individuals lend their voices and poetry selections to encourage young women to imagine deeply, create bravely, and find the confidence to build a meaningful life in this uncertain and chaotic world.
Together, their voices create a collective of wisdom and urgency, reminding us all to step into our power and to embrace the messiness of change. Reflections range from practical advice to philosophical musings, from stories of triumph to somber tellings of the tougher days, while the selected poems fill in the gaps, offering access to invaluable, timeless wisdom. The combination of poetry and essays reminds young women that there is an entire community of adults who have been there, and who want to offer them support and guidance as they navigate the uncertainties of growing up.
Interwoven between the poems and essays are snippets of conversation between a mother and her daughter, who is beginning her own launch into adulthood, held over the course of a year.
is co-owner of The London Plane, a flower shop, retail store, and restaurant.
is the director of Amplifier Art Lab, an artist, and a pleasure activist.
is a Korean-American writer, journalist, and illustrator.
is a former high school teacher and an ordained Zen priest.
is the director of community engagement for Northwest Harvest.
is a first-generation undocumented student and current middle school Spanish teacher.
is the executive director of the National Book Foundation and a poet.
is an Episcopal priest living in Omaha, Nebraska.
is a development and leadership consultant for Headwater People and a minister.
Rozlyn Anderson Flood
is a philanthropic advisor for Princeton University and a retired attorney.
is a development specialist, mindfulness facilitator, and diversity and inclusion advisor.
is a writer, journalist and cartoonist, and the author of I Was Their American Dream.
is the executive director of the Georgetown Community Development Authority.
Shadab Zeest Hashmi
is a poet and the author of Ghazal Cosmopolitan, Kohl & Chalk, and Baker of Tarifa.
is a traveler and historian living in the Pacific Northwest.
is a retired high school teacher who transitioned from male to female in 2014.
is the co-founder of Prowess Search Firm, a writer, and an inspired spiritual being.
is a sociology professor and Chan Buddhist teacher in the lineage of Master Sheng Yen.
is a self-described “academic gardener” who likes to help things grow.
is the founder of the Institute for Black Justice and a lawyer
Sara Marie Ortiz
(Pueblo of Acoma) is an author, mentor, and co-founder of the Northwest Native Writers Circle.
Shin Yu Pai
is a writer, visual artist, and public events producer.
is a political consultant and mindfulness teacher based in Seattle, Washington.
is a professor of medicine, director of the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Center at Columbia University, and author of The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last.
is the CEO of Worldreader, a nonprofit that brings digital books to children everywhere.
is the author of We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth, a tennis player, and a very good cook.
is a certified life coach and mindfulness teacher.
is a senior staff attorney who focuses on economic justice issues related to housing.
is a teacher and a learner, a questioner and a spiritual seeker.
is the director of marketing and inclusion for the UW-Madison School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences.
is a physician who is also a violinist, soprano soloist, and interpreter of music.