What God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color is a gripping and gutting collection of personal narratives and poetry from Women of Color and Indigenous Women navigating pregnancy and infant loss with cultural complexities – a place too often shrouded in silence.

What God Is Honored Here?: A Gripping and Gutting Anthology from Native Women and Women of Color

Authors Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang met after their heartbreaking pregnancy losses. As they worked through their losses, they realized there were very few to no available books on pregnancy, infant, and child loss from Native Women and Women of Color, even though these populations are disproportionately affected by pregnancy and infant loss, as well as maternal mortality. They did not see themselves reflected in the literature and knew the importance of representation as their experiences were unique and often caused by a system rooted in racism.

“As storytellers, we wanted to dive into and recuperate the narrative gap.”

And so, they set out to publish a collection of stories by and for Native Women and Women of Color and created a breathtaking anthology.

“We were doing what we had been trained to do as writers: finding meaning in human experience.”

Weaving personal narratives and poems, this book delves into the experiences of Women of Color and Indigenous Women navigating loss and cultural complexities. It tackles challenging themes, including interracial marriage, generational loss, miscarriages, and infant deaths, exploring the intersection of culture, religion, and the female body. Through these powerful and often heartbreaking stories, the book boldly shares women’s journeys as they claim their space in the loss community and reclaim their lives.

What God Is Honored Here? is poignant and necessary, important and profound, gripping and gutting.

If you are a Woman of Color or an Indigenous woman who has experienced loss, this collection speaks directly to you. It explores how race and culture shape women’s reproductive experiences – a place too often shrouded in silence. These unflinching voices offer solidarity, strength, and a testament to the power of women’s resilience after devastating experiences.

What God is Honored Here? is also essential, empathetic, and eye-opening reading for those both inside and outside the loss community and should be required reading for every healthcare provider.

“We raise our voices together, indigenous women and women of color from across the expanse of this country, across the generations of women, to speak to our experiences of miscarriage in infant loss not to simply fill a voice but to build bridges of hope and healing from the void, to say to each other: we are here.”

All loss parents will relate to the collection’s writers’ need to tell their stories.

We are grateful to these writers for this powerful collection of stories from this underrepresented group so they, too, can see themselves and their unique experiences in writings on pregnancy, infant, and child loss.

“For the mothers and families who lost these babies, the inability and lack of public space to talk about them are a second death. The silence makes us feel as if there is something fundamentally wrong with wanting and needing to remember our children, no matter how short their lives may have been.”

These parents matter. Their babies matter. And this book matters.

Get your copy of Still Here: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph After StillbirthWhat God Is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color, available at Amazon and Bookshop.org.

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About the Editors

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color, a young adult novel that won the Minnesota Book Award in Young People’s Literature. She is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing. She has been a Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow. Her critically acclaimed novel Dream Country follows more than five generations of an African-descended family as they crisscross the Atlantic, both voluntarily and involuntarily.

Kao Kalia Yang is author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, winner of two Minnesota Book Awards and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, won a Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA Award in Nonfiction, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize.

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