Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Poetry and Girlhood Series

The Saturday Literary Series:
Exploration of Poetry and Girlhood

A Women's History Month Event
March 3, 10, 17, 24 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Busboys and Poets
2120 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

The FREE Poetry and Girlhood series, which is funded in part by the Washington, DC Humanities Council, is designed for girls between the ages of 13-17, to foster a connection with poetry as a means of expression, documentation, and social observation. Each two hour session will be led by a contemporary female poet/writer who will explore the universal concept of "girlhood" as documented through poetry and the significance to us as readers.

The works of an ethnically and culturally diverse group of poets (Emma Lazarus, Audre Lorde, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Nikki Finney, Emily Dickerson, Phyllis Wheatley, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, StacyAnn Chin, Edna St. Vincent Milly, and Delmira Agustini) will be utilized throughout the series to support the discussion and exploration.

March 3, 2007 - Women Poets Before the 19th Century: How do poets from historically restrictive periods or culture discuss girlhood?
Facilitated by: Dr. Bonnie Morris (Humanities Scholar)

March 10, 2007 - 20th Century Women Poets: How have contemporary women poets' writings been shaped by the writings of more classical women poets?
Facilitated by: Natalie Illum (Mothertongue)

March 17, 2007 - Slam Poetry: How are women poets subversive in their discussion of girlhood?
Facilitated by: Sonya Renee Taylor (National Slam Champion)

March 24, 2007 - Universal Girlhood: What are the societal implications of women poets documenting their observations of girlhood:
Facilitated by: Michelle Sewell (GirlChild Press)

Registration Information:
Each session has a capacity of 25 attendees.
contact girlchildpress@aol.com to register for a specific date or the entire series.

Each participant will receive a Poetry and Girlhood workbook filled with writing exercises and prompts.

*The young women will be invited to showcase their writings at the Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Mothertongue show.

mothertongue is a community-based organization whose mission is to create a safe space where women may speak freely and powerfully and have their creative and artistic voices heard.

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