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Available Now - The Exhibit, by Lauren Eggert-Crowe
Lauren Eggert-Crowe's The Exhibit will draw you through a museum of bones and hieroglyphs, plastic hearts and cassette tapes. There's a mystery here - not only in the artifacts, but in the people who come to commune with them as well.
"The exhibit is a lightning storm. You walk into it thinking you will die or learn something. Behind each curtain is a word that feels wrong on the tongue. On this body, see how the false tongue protrudes. No one knows why."
- from The Exhibit
Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of one other poetry chapbook, In The Songbird Laboratory (Dancing Girl Press 201 3), and her poetry has been published in several journals, including DIAGRAM, Water-Stone Review, Sixth Finch, Interrupture, Eleven Eleven, and We Are So Happy to Know Something. Her essays have appeared in Salon, L.A. Review of Books, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona and now lives in Los Angeles.
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Available Now - Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence
The anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman, PhD., views poetry as a transformative art.
One of the most pernicious forms of violence enacted against women is the silencing of those who have been violated and abused. The poems in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence constitute a collective shout of alarm and defiance in the face of such silencing. The voices are rich in power, nuance, raw honesty, and unquestionable grace and beauty. This generous and ambitious anthology is a gathering of necessary and affirming poems written by some of the best poets writing in America today.
Recent events such as Congress’ failure to renew the Violence Against Women Act, or politicians’ ignorant statements about rape, or the US press’ shock over rape in India (as if such things do not happen in the U.S.) all demonstrate the pressing need for continuing education about violence against women. Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence is the perfect resource for such education, ideal for use in introductory and advanced Gender and Women’s Studies courses. The more than 100 poems give fresh insight into women’s experience of various types of violence– war, rape, domestic abuse, incest, intimidation— and their social contexts, while reflecting on root causes of violence, methods of resistance, and visions for a world without violence. The overall effect of women’s voices is powerful, moving the reader beyond the dichotomy of victim versus survivor, to resistance through words and action. The critical introductory essay draws on recent feminist theory to reflect on how this transformation occurs through such techniques as breaking silence, disrupting traditional narratives, language sassing, and the strategic use of anger. The book reminds everyone that violence against women is still unfortunately a prominent part of our society, while giving tools that enhance understanding and resistance.
Women Write Resistance draws us into a world of pain and oppression, but also hope. Words often fail to describe the violence women endure. However, through poetry, these women capture the trauma experienced by so many. The stories of abuse painted in the poems leave a haunting legacy and dare us to stand up against the violence. Their survival and courage to speak out gives us hope that change can happen.
Hyacinth Girl Press is pleased and humbled to have the opportunity to help bring this anthology of powerful voices into the world. Laura Madeline Wiseman's vision for this collection is a truly important one that we absolutely share.
Women Write Resistance
Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).
Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Thirteenth Moon, American Short Fiction, Cream City Review, and elsewhere.
She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Will P. Jupiter Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Focus for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.