Our next "virtual" meeting on September 18th at 2pm will feature Iris Jamahl Dunkle. She will be be speaking about Charmian Kittredge London (Jack London's wife), and promoting her recent book about Charmian's life.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is an award-winning literary biographer, essayest and poet. Her academic and creative work challenges the Western myth of progress by examining the devastating impact that agriculture and over-population have had, and continue to have, on the North American West. Taking an ecofeminist bent, her writing also challenges the American West's male-oriented recorded histoy by researching the lives of women.

Dunkle's West : Fire : Archive is a poetry collection that challenges preconceived, androcentric ideas about biography, autobiography, and history fueled by the Western myth of progress presented in Frederick Jackson Turner's "frontier thesis."

In 2020, her biography on Charmian Kittredge London, Jack London's wife, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press. It's a work that questions and rewrites the narrative presented of Jack and Charmian London by fictional biographers like Irving Stone by recreating Charmian's life through her perspective. Dunkle lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DATE: Saturday, September 18

TIME: Log-in at 1:45 pm

READING to begin at 2:00 pm

Deborah Schmidt (deborahbschmidt@gmail.com) will

be our Zoom hostess. Please let her know if you are coming

with your screen name and e-mail address. She will send you

the Zoom invitation a day or two before the meeting

and also admit you.