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Judith Arcana

Writer, member of Chicago's pre-Roe underground abortion service

Judith Arcana

Virtual Appearance

Judith Arcana writes stories, poems, essays and books. She's a Jane, a member of Chicago's pre-Roe underground abortion service, and her writing includes work rooted in that experience: the fiction collection Hello. This Is Jane; the poetry collection What if your mother is; and the zine Keesha and Joanie and JANE.

Scheduled Appearances


The New Abortion Underground

Saturday May 6

Details coming soon

Featuring: Megan Burbank, Judith Arcana
Equity track presented by Waldron

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