Women of Resistance

Tuesday March 13: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Women of Resistance or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or next door at 826 Broadway.

In response to the 2016 Presidential election the artistic activists of the nation have reacted in a myriad of ways, one of which was poetry. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan have weaved through the poetry scene to collect an extraordinary list of poets who have taken a feminist stance against this new administration. This process started as a casual group project and has now expanded into an anthology of women’s resistance, proceeds of which support Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

With poems that fight racism, sexism, and violence from powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets, this collection represents the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood. Join us as Barnhart and Mahan discuss the volume with contributors Rosebud Ben-Oni, Mahogany L. Browne, Denice Frohman, Dorothea Lasky, and Maureen McLane!

Danielle Barnhart is co-founding Editor & Director of Events for Village of Crickets. Winner of the 2015 Donald Everett Axinn Award in Poetry, she lives (and writes) on Long Island with her family.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), a contributor to The Conversant, and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her poems appear in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Praire Schooner, Arts & Letters, and Hunger Mountain, among others.

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem, Poets House, and Serenbe Focus alum and the author of several books, including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), and #Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out Online in 140 Characters or Less (recommended by Small Press Distribution and About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010). Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint and The Feminist Wire.

Denice Frohman is a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, and former Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared on ESPN and The Huffington Post, and is forthcoming in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color. She has featured at over 200 colleges and universities and hundreds of high schools, non-profits, and cultural arts spaces; she performed at the White House in 2016.

Iris Mahan is a freelance writer, editor, and poet based in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Chatttanooga and Adelphi University, where she was the recipient of the Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing, and co-founder of Village of Crickets.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poetry: the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books), ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright), Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE (Wave Books). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Snakes (Tungsten Press) and Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse), and is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's). She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and co-directs the Columbia Artist/Teachers program.
Maureen McLane is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Some Say (FSG), as well as My Poets, a hybrid of memoir and criticism. Her book This Blue was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry.
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