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Saturday, May 5 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Nasty Women Poets: A Reading and Panel Discussion of Unapologetic, Subversive, Feminist Verse FULL

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The 2017 Lost Horse Press anthology NASTY WOMEN POETS: AN UNAPOLOGETIC ANTHOLOGY OF SUBVERSIVE VERSE (ed. Grace Bauer and Julie Kane) is not only a response to the current sociopolitical climate, wherein many women feel outraged about the persistent pervasiveness of sexism in society, but also a timeless celebration of the many defiant women throughout history whose sass, strength, and smarts inspire us. This important anthology is a continuation of a proud tradition of diverse, inclusive feminist anthologies dating back to the 1970s that have helped situate the work of women poets in a canonical context. In this event, four locally based contributors to the NASTY WOMEN POETS anthology will read their work and discuss questions such as: are feminist poetry anthologies still necessary and why? For what reasons do we come together and do this work? How can such projects help advance women inside and outside poetry?

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Jenna Le

Jenna Le is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2018; 1st edition was published by Anchor & Plume Press, 2016), which won 2nd Place in the 2017 Elgin Awards. Her poetry, fiction... Read More →

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Janet Aalfs

Founder and Director, Lotus Peace Arts
I'm an integrative arts performer, educator, activist, healer, and peace-builder. My joy is to facilitate the creation of "sites for revelation" between and among participants of diverse backgrounds and views about life. I've been practicing and teaching weavings of poetry, martial... Read More →
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Liz Ahl

Professor of English, Plymouth State University
I joined the PSU (then PSC) faculty in the English Department in 2001. These days I'm teaching mostly Creative Writing, Poetry Workshop, and Composition. Talk to me about the provocative uncertainties of learning & teaching; the moon shot (unless you believe it didn't happen); all... Read More →
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DeMisty D. Bellinger

Associate Professor, Fitchburg State University
DeMisty D. Bellinger is the author of the poetry chapbook Rubbing Elbows, the full-length poetry collection Peculiar Heritage, and the novel New to Liberty. DeMisty has an MFA from Southampton College and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. She lives in Massachusetts, where... Read More →
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Lesléa Newman

I am a poet, novelist, short story writer, and children's book author.My most recent poetry collections are a pair of memoirs-in-verse, I CARRY MY MOTHER and I WISH MY FATHER. I have also written a novel-in-verse called OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. My most well-known... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Sophia Room