The International Women's Writing Guild
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Our conference is truly, consistently, a place where women find, remember, (re)locate themselves as women and writers.
~2016 Summer Conference participant
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6:00–7:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:00–4:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.
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In our second poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at the second half of The Best American Poetry 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey: pages 77-170. To inform the poems, you may also wish to read the Contributors' Notes and Comments on pages 196–218.
In his introduction, Lehman asks, “What qualifies as literature?” We will explore this idea as well as consider Trethewey’s comment that “poetry helped [her] contend with the reality of the world.” Come prepared to informally discuss the poems and their resonance for you: what you loved or hated or wondered about, what stuck with you for whatever reason. Let’s have fun and keep in mind what poet Lucille Clifton articulates so beautifully: “[T]he first poets didn’t come out of a classroom . . . poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.‘ That was the first poem.”
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1:30–2:30 PM (Eastern) / 10:30–11:30 AM (Pacific) / 7:30–8:30 PM (Spain) / Check your time-zone HERE.
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This Member Book Spotlight will feature IWWG member Francisca Esteve and Marlon L. Fick, co-editors of Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets (Tupelo Press, November 2018), interviewed by IWWG board member Kelly DuMar, as well as readings by women Catalan poets included in the anthology.
Francisca Esteve was born in Spain in València, grew up in Barcelona, and joined the anti-fascist resistance movement that struggled to keep Catalan culture alive. She trained at Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Massana and became a painter, eventually immigrating to Mexico City. After she and Marlon Fick married, they lived in China before coming to live in the United States in 2014.
Marlon L. Fick holds a BA from the University of Kansas, an MA from New York University, and PhD from the University of Kansas. He is the author of two poetry collections published in Mexico and of the novel The Nowhere Man (Jaded Ibis, 2015), and the editor/translator of The River Is Wide / El río es ancho: Twenty Mexican Poets (New Mexico, 2005). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and ConaCulta in Mexico, the Ramon Llull Award for Literature in Catalonia, and a Best American Literary Translator award from the Latitudes Foundation. He now teaches at the University of Texas–Permian Basin.
Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Tree of the Apple and All These Cures, and a nonfiction book, Before You Forget: The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly’s poems, prose, and photos have been published in many literary journals, and her award-winning plays are produced around the U.S. and published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the U.S. / kellydumar.com
“Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets is an astonishingly generous collection that teaches us how to take a hurt and make it into a song, teaches us how a private whisper can become everyone’s private whisper, how a poem in Catalan can become an equally beautiful, terrifying, inspiring poem in English. What a gorgeous, necessary book. Bravo.”~Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa
Always FREE to Members and Nonmembers!
READERS must be current IWWG members. (Join or renew HERE.)
2:30–3:30 PM (Eastern) / 11:30 AM–12:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.
Three-minute reading slots open to current IWWG members only (15 max). All listeners (members & nonmembers) welcome!
Moderated by Marj Hahne.
7:30–9:00 PM (Eastern) / 4:30–6:00 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.
In our second hybrid-lit book-club gathering, facilitated by Marj Hahne, we'll discuss Barrie Jean Borich's Body Geographic, a memoir structured in map components (insets, overlays, legends) and pictorial maps! Barrie will join our discussion after the first half hour.
Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) won a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir, an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction, and a 2013 Forward INDIE Bronze Award for Essays. In a starred review, Kirkus called Body Geographic “an elegant literary map that celebrates shifting topographies as well as human bodies in motion, not only across water and land, but also through life.”
Barrie Jean Borich is also the author of Apocalypse, Darling (Ohio State University Press, 2018), My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf 1999, 2000), which won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, and Restoring the Color of Roses (1993), which was published by Firebrand Books, an independent feminist press. She is an associate professor in the English Department and MA in Writing and Publishing Program at DePaul University in Chicago, and she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.
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In our third poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at The Door, by Margaret Atwood.
Read poet Jay Parini's review of The Door here.
Read about Lisa here:www.lisachristinastjohn.com
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