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Friday, April 29 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Bravest Women in the World: Afghan Women Speak Out Through Poetry

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Founded in 2009 by American journalist Masha Hamilton, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project strives to give women the basic human right to tell their own stories – a right that has often been denied because of the long Taliban rule and the history of oppression in Afghan culture. Through online writing workshops led by international writers, educators, and journalists, AWWP empowers women in seven of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. For security reasons, the identities of the writers are not fully disclosed. Pat Mottola and Nancy Antle, who mentor Afghan women writers, joined by two Afghan writers, will read from Washing the Dust from our Hearts, a bilingual book (English and Dari) published by Grayson Books in cooperation with the Afghan Women’s Writers Project. Following the reading they will lead a discussion of the role of poetry as a “human right” and answer questions.

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Ginny Lowe Connors

publisher, Grayson Books
Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of a chapbook and four full-length poetry collections, the most recent of which is Without Goodbyes: From Puritan Deerfield to Mohawk Kahnawake(Turning Point, 2021). Her poetry collection Toward the Hanging Tree:Voices of Salem Village is described... Read More →

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Nancy Antle

Executive Mentor, English, Afghan Women's Writing Project
Nancy Antle wrote short stories, books and poems for children and young adults for 30 years. She started writing for an older audience when she earned her MFA in fiction writing in 2013. She's worked with AWWP since 2009 as a mentor/writing instructor and has recently moved into the... Read More →
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Pat Mottola

Co-President, Connecticut Poetry Society
Award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee Pat Mottola teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned both an M.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U., she is thrilled to teach... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970