What’s Feminism Got to Do with It? Gender, Poetry and Everyday Life in the 21st Century

with Brenda Hillman, Erica Hunt, Eileen Myles & Alicia Ostriker
Date and Time: 
March 15, 2002 - 7:00PM
Event Location: 
Poets House, Spring Street

Inspired by the feminist and civil rights movements, many 20th century women poets adopted an “I”-empowered poetics that intertwined personal and public worlds. By the end of the millennium, fragmentation and polyphony appeared in poetry as a response to the notion of “I”-dentity as constructed by class, religion, race and sexual preference. Is the exploration of a woman’s everyday “personal experience” in poetry still a political act? What are the challenges of writing a poetry that destabilizes gender and diffuses the self? What are the gender-related challenges (and aims) for today’s writers and readers of poetry?

Introduced by Suzanne Wise

Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations