Dawn Herrera Helphand is a Doctoral Candidate with the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, Her dissertation research is on contemporary conceptions of political freedom. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Dawn’s poetry has been featured at the Palabra Pura and Proyecto Latina reading series, and her choreopoems Portales, Hunger Moon, and Over Dry Ground have been performed at venues throughout Chicago. She received the 2014 Ron Offen Prize for poetry . A sometime/longtime theater practitioner, she most recently co-wrote and appeared in Unnatural Spaces, a product of the Guild Complex’s Poetry Performance Incubator. Dawn’s essay on childbirth and privacy appears in the Winter 2014 issue of The Point magazine.