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Judith Arcana

Writer, Poet & Reproductive Rights Advocate

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Judith Arcana Biography

Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, living now in the Pacific Northwest, Judith Arcana is a writer of poems, stories, essays and books. Praised by writers and readers, reviewers and community leaders, Arcana’s work appears in collections and journals, online and on paper.

Arcana is a Jane, a member of the Chicago underground service that helped thousands of women and girls get safe illegal abortions before the US Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in January of 1973.

She's a skilled performer/presenter who has worked with audiences in the US, Britain and Canada, often visiting campus and community groups to talk about reproductive justice and perform her powerful writing. Arcana is in some documentary films, including the 1995 Jane: An Abortion Service (dir. Kate Kirtz/Nell Lundy), the 2014 She's Beautiful When She's Angry (dir. Mary Dore), the 2019 OUR BODIES OUR DOCTORS (dir. Jan Haaken), and 2022’s THE JANES, created by the producer/director team Daniel Arcana, Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin.

A longtime teacher of literature, writing and women’s studies, Arcana has a PhD in Literature, an MA in Women's Studies, an Urban Preceptorship in Preventive Medicine and a BA in English. She’s taught in high schools, colleges, libraries, living rooms, a state prison and a county jail.

Her first and last teaching jobs were for students at Niles Township High School in Illinois (in the beautiful old building that was her own alma mater), and Union Graduate School, an experimental national university-without-walls that has since become a conventional online program. For Niles, Arcana taught English, Creative Writing and Humanities, the latter as part of a team of students and teachers. For Union, where she served as a dean, Arcana advised doctoral candidates, led residential seminars, and was founding director of the Union’s Center for Women in Washington DC.

Her writing has been supported by the Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Archive Center, Institute for Anarchist Studies, NW Oregon's Regional Arts and Culture Council, Celebration Foundation, Union's doctoral faculty, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Oregon Literary Arts – and fostered by residencies at Soapstone and MilePost5 in Oregon, the Montana Artists Refuge, Ragdale in Illinois, the Mesa Refuge in California and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico.

Arcana’s poems, stories and essays have been published widely for more than fifty years, on paper and online in literary journals; political, cultural and medical magazines; newspapers; academic journals; anthologies; and textbooks. Her fiction and poetry have won chapbook awards from Minerva Rising Press and Turtle Island Quarterly.

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What If Your Mother

What If Your Mother

Grace Paley's Life Stories: A Literary Biography - Judith Arcana - Paperback

Grace Paley's Life Stories: A Literary Biography - Judith Arcana - Paperback

Our Mothers' Daughters

Our Mothers' Daughters

Every Mother's Son: The Role of Mothers in the Making of Men

Every Mother's Son: The Role of Mothers in the Making of Men

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  • What are the speaker fees for Judith Arcana

    Speaking fees for Judith Arcana, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Judith Arcana are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Judith Arcana, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Judith Arcana speak about?

    Judith Arcana is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Empowerment, Influential Women, Literary, Personal Growth, Poetry, Social Justice, Women's Health, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Judith Arcana travel from?

    Judith Arcana generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Judith Arcana’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Judith Arcana for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judith Arcana for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Judith Arcana or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Writer, Poet & Reproductive Rights Advocate

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Judith Arcana Biography

Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, living now in the Pacific Northwest, Judith Arcana is a writer of poems, stories, essays and books. Praised by writers and readers, reviewers and community leaders, Arcana’s work appears in collections and journals, online and on paper.

Arcana is a Jane, a member of the Chicago underground service that helped thousands of women and girls get safe illegal abortions before the US Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in January of 1973.

She's a skilled performer/presenter who has worked with audiences in the US, Britain and Canada, often visiting campus and community groups to talk about reproductive justice and perform her powerful writing. Arcana is in some documentary films, including the 1995 Jane: An Abortion Service (dir. Kate Kirtz/Nell Lundy), the 2014 She's Beautiful When She's Angry (dir. Mary Dore), the 2019 OUR BODIES OUR DOCTORS (dir. Jan Haaken), and 2022’s THE JANES, created by the producer/director team Daniel Arcana, Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin.

A longtime teacher of literature, writing and women’s studies, Arcana has a PhD in Literature, an MA in Women's Studies, an Urban Preceptorship in Preventive Medicine and a BA in English. She’s taught in high schools, colleges, libraries, living rooms, a state prison and a county jail.

Her first and last teaching jobs were for students at Niles Township High School in Illinois (in the beautiful old building that was her own alma mater), and Union Graduate School, an experimental national university-without-walls that has since become a conventional online program. For Niles, Arcana taught English, Creative Writing and Humanities, the latter as part of a team of students and teachers. For Union, where she served as a dean, Arcana advised doctoral candidates, led residential seminars, and was founding director of the Union’s Center for Women in Washington DC.

Her writing has been supported by the Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Archive Center, Institute for Anarchist Studies, NW Oregon's Regional Arts and Culture Council, Celebration Foundation, Union's doctoral faculty, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Oregon Literary Arts – and fostered by residencies at Soapstone and MilePost5 in Oregon, the Montana Artists Refuge, Ragdale in Illinois, the Mesa Refuge in California and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico.

Arcana’s poems, stories and essays have been published widely for more than fifty years, on paper and online in literary journals; political, cultural and medical magazines; newspapers; academic journals; anthologies; and textbooks. Her fiction and poetry have won chapbook awards from Minerva Rising Press and Turtle Island Quarterly.

Judith Arcana Videos

  • Activists Judith Arcana and Diane Stevens on Facing Life Sentences
    Subjects of the film The Janes, Judith Arcana and Diane Stevens, talk about how they understood the consequences of propelling the abortion-rights

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FAQs on booking Judith Arcana

  • How do I book Judith Arcana to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Judith Arcana for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Judith Arcana, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Judith Arcana or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Judith Arcana

    Speaking fees for Judith Arcana, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Judith Arcana are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Judith Arcana, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Judith Arcana speak about?

    Judith Arcana is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Authors, Empowerment, Influential Women, Literary, Personal Growth, Poetry, Social Justice, Women's Health, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Judith Arcana travel from?

    Judith Arcana generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Judith Arcana’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Judith Arcana for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Judith Arcana for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Judith Arcana or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Judith Arcana is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Judith Arcana for your event is available upon request. Judith Arcana generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Robin Morgan, Heather Booth, Loretta Ross and Rebecca Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Judith Arcana for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Judith Arcana Speaker Videos

  • Activists Judith Arcana and Diane Stevens on Facing Life Sentences
    Subjects of the film The Janes, Judith Arcana and Diane Stevens, talk about how they understood the consequences of propelling the abortion-rights

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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