Past Features

February 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 3)

Thirteenth Annual Student-Faculty Read-In

My Daughter's Eyes and Other Stories Book Cover
In celebration of Black History Month, the Women's Studies Program will host its 13th Annual Student-Faculty Read-In on Wednesday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Atrium of the Leonard Lief Library. Counseling Center Director Annecy Baez will be the featured faculty speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Baez will read from her book My Daughter's Eyes and Other Stories, which won the 2007 Mármol Prize for first Latina Fiction. The book is a collection of fourteen interrelated stories about young Dominican women living in the Bronx as they deal with the choices they make in their daily lives. These stories span three decades, beginning in the 1970s, and explore topics such as mother-daughter struggles, father-daughter betrayal, emerging sexuality, love, loss, and healing.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Baez emigrated to the United States at age three. She is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Caudal, a Dominican journal, Tertuliando/Hanging Out, a bilingual anthology from Hunter College's Caribbean Studies program, and Callaloo, from John Hopkins University. Her most recent literary work, Butterfly Kisses, appears in Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers.

A psychotherapist by training, she holds a master's in social work from the Hunter School of Social Work, and a doctoral degree in clinical social work from New York University School of Social Work.

To read an excerpt from "Butterfly Kisses," visit