When Home Is Not Safe

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


A reading by poets from the anthology When Home Is Not Safe, Writings on Verbal, Emotional and Physical Abuse (McFarland, 2021). The reading will run approximately forty-five minutes. A Q&A session will follow for the remaining fifteen minutes. This topic is of the utmost importance, as approximately one in four women and one in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2Final_AWP_Virtual_Event_Outline-When_Home_Is_Not_Safe.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: The_Cycle_of_Violence.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: back_cover_of_When_Home_Is_Not_Safe.pdf



Judith Skillman is the author of more than twenty full-length collections. Pems have appeared in Threepenny Review, Zyzzyva, Commonweal, and other journals. The recipient of awards from Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust, Skillman’s work can be seen at www.judithskillman.com.

Linera Lucas is the coeditor of When Home Is Not Safe: Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse. She won the Crucible Fiction Prize and her short stories and poetry have been widely published and anthologized. Lucas has taught in Seattle at the UW Women's Center and Hugo House.

Lillo Way's publications include the poetry collection, Lend Me Your Wings, and Dubious Moon, which won the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest. Her poems have won the E.E. Cummings Award and a Florida Review Editors’ Prize. She has received grants from the NEA and NY State Council on the Arts.

Carolyne Wright has 11 books, including Masquerade (Lost Horse Press, 2021); five books of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and the anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. She teaches at Seattle's Hugo House and holds a 2022 Fulbright grant to Bahia, Brazil.

Susan April is a writer who focuses on nature, environment, and stories of place and family. She has an MFA from Vermont College (Norwich University) and a master of science from the University of Chicago. She is a survivor of domestic violence and of early childhood trauma.


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