S228. Women “of a Certain Age”: Poetry, Desire, and Power

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Obsession with the female body crosses cultures and timelines. Women are bombarded with imagery and mis/conceptions about our bodies, and how they should look, feel, and behave. Female desire is endlessly policed and, as we age, denied or belittled. But what do women “of a certain age” feel about our bodies outside the corporate, cultural (male) gaze? What do we have to say about desire, power, visibility, and loss and how do we craft these investigations into challenging, sexy poems?


Sarah Browning is cofounder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Author of Killing Summer and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, and coeditor of two special issues of Poetry magazine, she cohosts Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.

Amy Dryansky's second book, Grass Whistle, won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, was published by Alice James Books, and her poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She works at Hampshire College, and she is poet laureate of Northampton, MA.

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Poetry Book Award, a Cave Canem fellow, and member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She is the poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. www.poetsandparents.com.

Venus Thrash is the author of the poetry collection, The Fateful Apple, which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside