Saturday, April 30 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Full Catastrophe: Poets on Motherhood

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Three poets from western MA will look at how contemporary women poets use a variety of approaches to navigate the territory of "mother-poet." These poets and their poems fall all along the aesthetic continuum, and their work takes different approaches to the “condition” of motherhood. Using their own experience, as well as examples from other poets, they’ll talk about the struggle to find time and focus for their writing; the challenges of writing and parenting in a rural area; how motherhood is or isn’t present in their own work; the issue of including their children in published work; and whether the awareness of writing about motherhood has constrained or freed them in any way. They’ll also look at the distinction between motherhood as subject, and the impact of motherhood on creative process and formal strategies. The discussion will include poems as handouts for audience members and time for audience questions.

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Marie Gauthier

Senior Marketing Project Manager, Pioneer Valley Books
Marie Gauthier’s debut full-length poetry collection, Leave No Wake, was published by Pine Row Press in April 2022. She works as the senior marketing project manager at Pioneer Valley Books. She is a Franklin County regional representative for Mass Poetry, runs the Collected P... Read More →

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Amy Dryansky

Amy Dryansky has two poetry collections; Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry), winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry, and How I Got Lost So Close to Home (Alice James). She’s a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellow, and former poet laureate of Northampton, MA. You can... Read More →
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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Charter School 4 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970