“We are so fortunate to have Lindsay King-Miller visiting with us,” said Dr. Carolyn Dekker, Assistant Professor of English. “I love her compassionate, approachable advice writing and her smart, intimate personal essays on topics like parenting, pop culture, and grief.”
The event will include remarks by King-Miller, followed by a live advice column where audience members can ask questions. Already some campus discussions have been taking place in classes this semester based around King-Miller’s book, Ask A Queer Check: A Guide to Sex, Love and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls and other essays.
The School of Art and Design and the College of Health Sciences have especially embraced her upcoming visit, Dr. Dekker notes. “King-Miller has wonderful writings on her family’s experiences of pregnancy and birth care, and she is really looking forward to the opportunity to provide this patient’s perspective to our nursing students.”
The introduction of King-Miller’s work to nursing students has been especially touching to King-Miller.
“I’m so excited to talk to the students and faculty of Finlandia,” King-Miller said. “I was especially happy to learn that a nursing class is reading one of my essays about my partner’s pregnancy and our daughter’s birth, and discussing pregnancy care for LGBTQ people.”
In addition to the October 15 event, King-Miller will be visiting a nursing classroom to speak with students.
“That might be what I’m looking forward to most,” King-Miller said. “Although all the classes and groups I get to talk to sound incredible. It’s just so encouraging to know that all these people, many of whom are not queer, are interested in learning about LGBTQ experiences and lives. It’s not just that I like being listened to, although of course I do, it’s that Finlandia as a whole is saying, ‘queer stories are worth hearing.’ That means so much to me, especially right now.”Campus Read, Lindsay King-Miller