Choice Words: Writers on Abortion

113A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


A reading and discussion with contributors to the first major anthology of literature on abortion. Panelists will read from works on abortion written over five centuries and six continents, discussing their own writing process about abortion, the suppressed lineage of abortion literature, and the themes that mark the book, including the struggle against silence and shame, the importance of support during abortion, and the impact of class, politics, ethnicity, and religion on reproductive justice.



Annie Finch’s books of poetry include The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Calendars, and Spells: New and Selected Poems. Other recent books are A Poet’s Craft and Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. She teaches poetry, meter, scansion, and magic of rhythmical writing at Poetry Witch Community.

Josette Akresh-Gonzales has been published in Atticus Review, JAMA, the Pinch, the Journal, Breakwater, PANK, and many other journals. A recent poem has been included in the anthology Choice Words (Haymarket). Cofounder of the journal Clarion, she was its editor for two years. Tweets @Vivakresh.

Camonghne Felix is the author of Build Yourself a Boat, which was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Awards. Her collection of poems, Dyscalculia, and collection of essays, Let the Poets Govern, are forthcoming from One World.

Kristen Ghodsee

Susan Rich


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center