S177. Breaking the Silence: Writing Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


There are losses for which language seems inadequate or risks being too sentimental, and this particular loss bears a history of silence. Join five writers of diverse backgrounds who will discuss poetry as a way to embody the ambiguity that makes this grief unlike other grief. Poetry often addresses death, but this is the poetry of threshold, of disrupted beginnings, and the darkness that also presides at the gates of life. A panel with readings explores the remarkable language for this loss.



Molly Spencer's recent work has appeared at Georgia Review, the Missouri Review poem-of-the-week web feature, North American Review, the Rumpus, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story Is an Apocalypse Story and A House of Many Windows, as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish. She serves as the reviews editor for Stirring.

Marcene Gandolfo's debut book, Angles of Departure, won Foreword Reviews' Silver Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published widely in journals including Poet Lore, Bellingham Review, DMQ Review, and Bayou. She has taught at several colleges in northern California.

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two books of poems, No Eden and Book of Asters, and two chapbooks, Garnet Lanterns, winner of the Anabiosis Press Prize, and Darling Hands, Darling Tongue. She teaches creative writing for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Kelly Hansen Maher is author of one collection of poetry, Tremolo. Her work has appeared in Briar Cliff Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and the Liberal Arts in Prison Program at Grinnell College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center