The Body Politic: Poetry of Motherhood, Trauma, and Sexuality

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In a year of intensifying armed conflict and continued pandemic, as the US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and hate crimes reported to the FBI are at a record high, five poet mothers who engage diaspora, sexuality, mental illness, and inherited and received trauma will speak to parenting in troubled times and what Adrienne Rich calls the "long, erotic, unended wrestling of poetry and politics.” The panel will end with an audience Q&A, and attendees will receive creative prompts.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Body_Politic,_Poetry_of_Motherhood,_Trauma,_and_Sexuality_OUTLINE.pdf



Anna V.Q. Ross’s forthcoming book, Flutter, Kick, won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Mass Cultural Council fellow, and poetry editor for Salamander. She teaches at Tufts University and through the Emerson Prison Initiative.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is a poet and author of The Many Names for Mother (Wick Poetry Prize, KSU Press, 2019); Don't Touch the Bones (Lost Horse Press, 2020); and 40 Weeks (Yes Yes Books, 2023). She is the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Hendrix College in Arkansas.

Keetje Kuipers’s third collection of poems, All Its Charms, includes work honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Poetry. Previously a Stegner fellow, she lives in Montana where she is editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of picture books The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020) and The River Is My Sea (S&S, 2024). Her debut poetry collection, Golden Ax, was published by Penguin Poets in 2022.

Erika Meitner is the author of six books of poems, including Useful Junk (BOA Editions in 2022), and Holy Moly Carry Me, which won the 2018 National Jewish Book award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. She is an English professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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