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Saturday, May 5 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Poetry of Predation: Women Poets On Writing the Poetry of Misogyny, Abuse, and Violence LIMITED

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Three women poets discuss and read from their own work centering around abuse, violence against women and girls, inherited trauma and survival. The poets use a combination of myth, fairy tale, pop culture and personal history as metaphor and through which to view an ages' old cultural disease. Panelists will read from their work and discuss the ways in which misogyny, abuse, and violence against women and girls manifests in their poetry. They will touch on how they approach personal subject matter, how they navigate the terrain of secret and taboo, especially when telling stories not exclusively their own, what it means to inherit trauma and a lineage of abuse, and how claiming a poetic voice with which to tell these stories, whether personal or ancestral, shatters the traditional role of secret keeper.

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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →

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Joyce Hayden

Artist/ Owner, Blue Angel Studio
Joyce Hayden recently published her first book of poetry, LOST HANDPRINT, with The Dandelion Review. Having recently finished her memoir manuscript, THE OUT OF BODY GIRL, Joyce is seeking agent representation. Joyce retired from her teaching position at Westfield State University... Read More →
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Sonja Johanson

Sonja Johanson is the author of Impossible Dovetail (IDES, Silver Birch Press), all those ragged scars (Choose the Sword Press), and Trees in Our Dooryards (Redbird Chapbooks). She has recent work appearing in the McNeese Review, the Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, and Poet Lore... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Sophia Room