S239. Women Poets Write What History Silenced: Crafting the Feminist Historical Lyric

Marquis Salon 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This panel focuses on women poets who have written historical poems that investigate history’s repressed. These poets—spanning generations and backgrounds, but sharing strong regional roots—discuss the process of excavating stories lost by time, addressing questions of genre, gender, and creative method. How should one bear witness to dangerous and painful subjects? Is it the poet’s responsibility to tell the tale? Is a capacity for empathy necessary? Each poet finishes by reading a poem.



Cynthia Hogue has published thirteen books, including Revenance (poems) and the cotranslated Fortino Sámano (The overflowing of the poem), by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy. She is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.

Monifa Love is the author of Freedom in the Dismal. Her poetry collections include Provisions and Dreaming Underground. Her essays, poetry, and fiction have been published nationally. She founded Home Base Women, a performance chorus. She teaches at Bowie State University.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of four books of poems, a novel, and a chapbook. She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-CUNY.

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s five collections of poetry include When the Wanderers Come Home; Where the Road Turns; and Becoming Ebony. A survivor of the Liberian civil war, Patricia’s poems explore war and survival. She is associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Altoona.

Martha Collins's most recent book of poems is Admit One: An American Scrapbook. She has also published seven earlier poetry collections and three cotranslated volumes of Vietnamese poetry. She is editor at large for FIELD magazine and an editor for the Oberlin College Press.


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