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Join anthology editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan, as well as contributing poets Lauren K. Alleyne and Sandra Beasley for a reading from Women of Resistance: Poems For a New Feminism. Anthology contributors and editors will be joined by moderator Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin. The reading will be followed by a discussion and signing.
A collection with a feminist ethos that cuts across race, gender identity, and sexuality.
Creative activists have reacted to the 2016 Presidential election in myriad ways. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan have drawn on their profound knowledge of the poetry scene to put together an extraordinary list of poets taking a feminist stance against the new authority. What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets—to be released as a handbound chapbook—has grown into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women’s resistance, with a portion of proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Representing the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood and bolstering the fight against racism, sexism, and violence, this collection unites powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets. Contributors include Denice Frohman, Elizabeth Acevedo, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Danielle Chapman, Tyehimba Jess, Kimberly Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maureen N. McLane, Joyce Peseroff, Mary Ruefle, Trish Salah, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker.
"Here we have 49 women and men and queers and inter-sexuals throwing their everything at this moment in time when the patriarch is really shaking, and it looks like he’s about to tumble down...You won’t starve, you’re safe and strong thanks to all these proud, funny, violent, trembling words. Start memorizing. Cause the future is here and this stuff is true." -- Eileen Myles
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014). Her work appears in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, Black Arts Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Gathering Ground, and Growing Up Girl, among others. She has earned several honors and awards, including the Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leipzig, a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship, and first place in the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest.
Danielle Barnhart is co-founding Editor & Director of Events for Village of Crickets. Winner of the 2015 Donald Everett Axinn Award in Poetry, she lives (and writes) on Long Island with her family.
Sandra Beasley is the author of poetry collections Count the Waves (W. W. Norton, 2015); I Was the Jukebox (W. W. Norton, 2010), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; andTheories of Falling (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown, 2011). In 2015 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Iris Mahan is a freelance writer, editor, and poet based in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Chatttanooga and Adelphi University, where she was the recipient of the Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing, and is co-founding editor of Village of Crickets.
A professor of English at James Madison University, Joanne V. Gabbin is the author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition, the children's book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum, as well as editor of both Furious Flower: African American Poetry From the Black Arts Movement to the Present and The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry. She hosted the premier Furious Flower Poetry Conference, before JMU formally established the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the first academic center devoted to Black poetry. She has received the College Language Association Creative Scholarship Award, the Provost's Award for Distinguished Service and the JMU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award, among others. In 2005, she was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.