S266. Hair as Myth and Metaphor: Five Women Poets on Cultural Transgression

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Whether we are speaking of myths (Medusa), fairytales (Goldilocks), religion (Samson), or culture (Donald Trump), hair is a defining metaphor for power and sexuality. Hairlessness, less obvious perhaps (think of Snow White, Barbie, and the airbrushed models of today) is an equally potent cultural and literary image. But of what? Five women poets will discuss hair as icon, metaphor, image, and explore the complications of silence, complicity, and invisibility.


Nicole Santalucia teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and she brings poetry workshops into the local prisons, nursing homes, and other underserved groups. Her books of poetry include Because I Did Not Die and Driving Yourself to Jail in July.

Jan Beatty’s five books of poetry include Jackknife: New and Selected, The Switching Yard, and Red Sugar. Beatty hosts Prosody on Public Radio featuring national writers. She directs creative writing at Carlow University, Madwomen in the Attic workshops, and she is interim director of the MFA program.

Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent collection, Madwoman. Recognition for her work includes an NEA for poetry and Witter Bynner Fellowship. McCallum was director of the Stadler Center for Poetry for fourteen years and now teaches at Penn State University.

Rachel McKibbens is the author of three full-length books of poetry, blud, Into the Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant, as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and founder of the Pink Door Women's Writing Retreat.

Mia Leonin


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside