R107. Girlhood, Womanhood, Coming of Age

Marquis Salon 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Poets discuss writing coming of age poems for the 21st century, disrupting traditional narratives of girlhood and womanhood and exploring intersections of gender, race, class, and sexual identity. Along with adolescence, we consider how the genre might include the thresholds of immigration, motherhood, trans experience, and divorce (among other topics). Poets read from their collections, share influences and craft advice, and offer suggestions for confronting challenges faced along the way.



Laura Donnelly is the author of two poetry collections, Watershed, which won the Cider Press Review Editors' Prize, and NocturneSchumann's Letters. She has a PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University, and she teaches poetry at SUNY Oswego.

Janine Joseph is the author of Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were, On This Muddy Water, and From My Mother's Mother. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University.

Monica A Hand is the author of me and Nina. She has an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University. She writes poems, plays, and creative nonfiction. A Cave Canem alumna, currently she is a PhD candidate in poetry at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Janet McNally is a poet and novelist who teaches creative writing at Canisius College in Buffalo. Her collection Some Girls won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, and she has twice been a fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her young adult novel Girls in the Moon is forthcoming.

Jordan Rice is the author of Constellarium. Her poems have been published widely and she has received multiple national poetry awards. She has a PhD from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rice is an executive section editor for Dublin Poetry Review.


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