R274. Kelsey Street Press: 40 Years of Publishing Innovative Writing by Women

Room LL5, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Kelsey Street Press, which was created to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. Join us for a celebratory poetry reading featuring several award-winning Kelsey Street authors as well as founding members of the press.


Rena Rosenwasser co-founded Kelsey Street Press in 1974, serving as director for over two decades.  She initiated a series of collaborations between artists and poets for the Press and continues to play an advisory role. She is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent is Elevators.

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge studied at Reed College and Columbia University. She’s published twelve books of poetry, most recently Hello, the Roses. She’s received numerous awards and collaborated with many artists including Kiki Smith and Richard Tuttle.

Bhanu Kapil lives teaches at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She has written four full-length works including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Incubation: a space for monsters, Humanimal, and Schizophrene.

Hazel White’s first poetry book, Peril as Architectural Enrichment, was a finalist for the 2011 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Best Book of the Year Award. Author of nonfiction books on landscape, she is an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Patricia Dienstfrey is co-founder of Kelsey Street Press. Her books include The Woman Without Experiences, prose-poetry, winner of the America Award For Literature; several volumes of poetry; and The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood, essays, co-edited with Brenda Hillman.


March 27–30, 2019
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Oregon Convention Center