The Hen Party: Is Multigenerational Dialogue Unifying for Women?

Bookfair Stage, AWP Bookfair, Exhibit Halls D & E, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Contrary to popular belief, a hen party is not limited to a bachelorette party and can extend to any social gathering of women. Four generations of poets: in their twenties, thirties, fifties and sixties, celebrate how women’s thoughts on career, relationships and body image change with age through the writing, discussion, and reading of their poems all the while getting to the heart of the matter—why is cross-generational dialogue necessary for the empowerment of woman-identifying people? 

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_The_Hen_Party.pdf



Anum Sattar is a poet with a BA in English from College of Wooster in Ohio. Her work appears in American Journal of Poetry (Margie), Beltway Poetry QuarterlyDecadent Review, Uppagus, The Rush, Florida Review, Xavier Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Lullwater Review, and others.

Angie Trudell Vasquez is the current Poet Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her third collection of poetry, In Light, Always Light, and her fourth collection of poetry, My People Redux, were both published by Finishing Line Press.

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, essayist, translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. Her most recent books are Dwelling and her translation of Liana Sakelliou's Portrait Before Dark. Among her awards are two Fulbright Fellowships in Greece and serving as poet laureate of Missouri from 2016–2019.

Jenny Molberg is the author of the poetry collections Marvels of the Invisible, Refusal, and The Court of No Record. An NEA fellow, she is associate professor at the University of Central Missouri, where she edits Pleiades: Literature in Context and directs Pleiades Press.

Liana Sakelliou is a poet, translator, critic, editor, professor at the University of Athens, Greece, and author of twenty-six books. She wrote monographs on Emerson, Dickinson, H.D., Levertov, Snyder. Her poems have been widely anthologized and translated into eleven languages. She is a member of Hellenic Authors' Society.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center