With the lofty purpose of exploring what it means to be a Mormon woman today, the Mormon Women’s Literary Tour adds color, texture and shading to the black-and-white portrait of Mormonism. Joanna Brooks, one of the tour founders, said she was “hungry to reach across the boundaries of orthodoxy and unorthodoxy that have sometimes carved up our culture and connect with other Mormon women as we write our way into a vibrant 21st century.”
Contributing divergent perspectives, women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—as well as Community of Christ and other denominations outside the LDS mainstream—have offered their voices to the tour. Zoe Murdock’s perspective is colored by her experiences with a father who was interested in polygamy; Whitney Nelson’s outlook is defined by her questioning of traditional female roles and falling into the “cracks of androgyny, a place where binaries are ruptured, a place that never offers easy answers to complex questions”; and Julie Nichols’ view is influenced by her struggles with depression and experiences with energy work and consciousness healing. (Former City Weekly Literary Issue award winner Lisa Van Orman Hadley is pictured).
It’s a unique opportunity to listen to the insights of thinkers and questioners who reveal there is no one way to live as a Mormon woman. Traveling to various university campuses, including Southern Utah University (March 25) and Utah Valley University (March 26), the tour is making a final stop at the University of Utah on March 27.
Our Voices, Our Visions: A Mormon Women’s Literary Tour @ University of Utah Honors Center, Fort Douglas Triplex, 1975 DeTrobriand, 619-594-5271, March 27, 7 p.m., MormonWomenWriters.Blogspot.com