R266. This Pussy Fights Back: Poems of Witness and Resistance

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Despite significant advances made in the fight for women’s equality over the past fifty years, there still exists a deeply entrenched hatred of and prejudice against women and girls across the globe. As manifested during the 2016 US presidential campaign and election, sexism is not only alive and well, it is thriving. Five award-winning poets share poems of witness and resistance, shedding necessary light on the realities lurking behind the myth that we live in a postfeminist society.



Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark, teaches in the English department at Vanderbilt University. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Nimrod, and Vinyl Poetry.

Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner with Ron Jeremy and Thieves in the Afterlife. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle magazine.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collection Turn, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and coauthor of the graphic novel American Terrorist. A former academic in sociology, she is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal and poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Allison Joseph is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the author of several books and chapbooks of poems, the director of the SIUC MFA Program, and she serves as editor and poetry edtior for Crab Orchard Review.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs. A recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for Poetry, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the MacDowell Colony, her work has appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle, and elsewhere.


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