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Sunday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets. FILLING

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From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets.
The long deafening silence of women in poetry ended with the advent of Betty Friedan’s militant The Feminist Mystique (1963) beginning the second wave of feminism. By the 1970’s Universities had Take Back the Night marches, Feminist Study departments, Women’s Centers and Rape Crisis Lines. How did this academic cultural landscape change the face of women’s poetry? Female poets will share their influences, lived experiences, and poetry.

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Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Salem State University
Elisabeth Weiss teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes and as well as to the intellectually disabled. She’s worked in publishing in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop... Read More →

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Donna French McArdle

Donna French McArdle’s poems have appeared in the anthology Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community, in several literary journals including Wilderness House Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, and Sixfold (Winter 2015). With a grant from... Read More →
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Jo Pitkin

Poet and Educational Writer, Pear Tree Hill Editorial Services
I received a BA from Kirkland College, a progressive women's college that pioneered the creative writing undergraduate degree, and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. I am the author of a chapbook and four full-length volumes of poetry—Cradle of... Read More →

Kate Rushin

Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). Her “The Bridge Poem” appears in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a ground-breaking feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Recipient of the Rose Low... Read More →
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Kathleen Spivack

Kathleen Spivack is the author of "Unspeakable Things," published by A.Knopf, 2016. Her last book was "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" (University Press of New England, 2012.) She’s published eight other... Read More →

Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Bartlett Gallery

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