Please join us as Gail Hanlon, Demisty Bellinger, Julie Cyr, and Marie Harris read and discuss their contributions to "Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology Of Subversive Verse"
This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.
The anthology includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.
Gail Hanlon’s poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, CutbankOnline, Iowa Review, Bloom, New Letters, Verse Daily, and Best American Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. She has non-fiction in Plume, Tarpaulin Sky, and Narrative, edited Voicing Power: Conversations with Visionary Women (Hachette), published SIFT, a chapbook (Finishing Line), was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award (2013), a semi-finalist for the Tomaz Salamun Prize at VERSE magazine (2015), and Top 25 in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers (2017).
DeMisty D. Bellinger's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in many places, including Necessary Fiction, The Rumpus, and Blue Fifth Review. She has a chapbook of poems, Rubbing Elbows (2017), that was published with Finishing Line Press. She has an MFA from Southampton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. DeMisty teaches creative writing, African American studies, and women's studies at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband and twin daughters. You can learn more about DeMisty and find links to her work at demistybellinger.com.
Julie Cyr has been published by Smoky Quartz, Five 2 One Magazine, Blood and Thunder Journal, Broad River Review and Lost Horse Press in the Nasty Women Poets Anthology. She was awarded 2014 Best of Poetry by Blood and Thunder Journal and was a finalist in the 2016 Rash Awards for Poetry. Julie holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She works as an editorial assistant for Surreal Poetics and lives in Sharon, NH with her husband and two sons.
Marie Harris was NH Poet Laureate from 1999-2004. She has been a Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center, where she has also been granted fellowships. Marie is the author of four books of poetry, including the prose poem memoir, Your Sun, Manny. She is co-editor of An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry with Kathleen Aguero. Her children's books include G is for Granite, Primary Numbers (Sleeping Bear Press), and The Girl Who Heard Colors (A Nancy Paulsen Book; Penguin, 2013).