Taking a Stand: Poetry of Resistance, this Friday!

November 7, 2018

 

I'll be reading, along with four outstanding women poets, this Friday, November 9th at the 2018 Great Falls Word Fest in Turners Falls, MA. If you're in the area, swing by the Shea Theater at 8:30 p.m. We'll each read for about 10 minutes. Would love to see some new and familiar faces. Program description and bios below:

 

 

Five poets interpret resistance through multiple perspectives: personal, ideological, physical and philosophical. Readings by Yasotha Sriharan, Sarah Sousa, Karen Skolfield, Rebecca Olander & Amy Dryansky.

 

Amy Dryansky’s second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. She’s received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is currently the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

Rebecca Hart Olander’s poetry has appeared recently in Ilanot Review, Plath Poetry Project, and Solstice, and collaborative work made with Elizabeth Paul has been published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP) and online at Duende. Rebecca won the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest. She teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the editor/director of Perugia Press.


Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress won the Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published fall 2019 by W. W. Norton. Her first book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Sarah Sousa is the author of three poetry collections, most recently See the Wolf published in 2018 by CavanKerry Press. Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Fourteen Hills, Southern Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. Her honors include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, the Anne Halley Prize from the Massachusetts Review, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. 

Yasotha Sriharan received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College, and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Papua New Guinea and England before immigrating to the U.S. She writes about the countries of her childhood. She teaches at Hampshire College, Springfield Technical Community College and Springfield College.

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