R224. The Serious Business of Funny Women Poets

Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Under the guise of humor, funny women poets have long found it possible to express views unacceptable to polite society. The "light verse" section of last century's ladies' home magazines frequently contained content subversive to those domestic realms. These days, no topic from sex to politics seems to be off limits for humor with line breaks. These five funny women poets will discuss their historical role models and the serious business of making readers laugh.

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Julie Kane is professor emeritus at Northwestern State U, now teaching in the low-res MFA program at Western Colorado U. Her 5th poetry book is Mothers of Ireland. With Grace Bauer, she co-edited the Nasty Women Poets Anthology. She is a past National Poetry Series winner and Louisiana poet laureate.

Grace Bauer has published five books of poems, most recently, Mean/Time and a 20th-anniversary reissue of The Women At The Well. She has also edited two anthologies, including Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Melissa Balmain edits Light, America’s longest-running journal of comic verse, and teaches at the University of Rochester. Her poetry collection Walking in on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award) is often assumed by online shoppers to be some kind of porn.

Denise Duhamel’s most recent books of poetry are Scald and Blowout. Her book with Julie Marie Wade is The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Duhamel is a professor at FlU in Miami.

Julie Marie Wade's most recent collections are Same-Sexy Marriage and The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, coauthored with Denise Duhamel. She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center