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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

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. She’s published poems in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, Ibbetson Street Review, the Birmingham Poetry Review, and the Paterson Literary... Read More →

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Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay‘s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, received the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. Her other books are Mayweed (2009, Word Works); Lamb (Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2004). Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014. | | She is the 2008 winner in poetry of The Missouri Review Prize. She has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, Writer’s... 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 are forthcoming in Sixfold (winter 2015). With a grant from the Massachusetts and Boxford Cultural Councils, she documented local farms and farm stands in Essex County Harvest 2003, and has written numerous... Read More →
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Jo Pitkin

Poet and Educational Writer, Pear Tree Hill Editorial Services
Jo Pitkin is a native of Somers, New York. She received a BA from Kirkland College—a progressive women's college that pioneered the undergraduate degree in creative writing—and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. For the past 30 years, she has earned a living as a freelance writer for educational publishers throughout the United States and is the credited author of more than 40 books for K through Grade 12... 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 Rome Memorial Poetry Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize, her work is widely anthologized and has been published in such journals as Callaloo.
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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 books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, and others.) Kathleen Spivack has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright... Read More →

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