This Thursday and Friday, I will be joyfully participating in a gathering that has come to be known as "ADFEMPO." Before you get carried away with the acronymic possibilities, let me explain that this chunky term refers to the even chunkier title of a poetry conference; to wit: "Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism." Click to see the schedule of events. Sorry, Californians and other Red Roomers far and wide -- this event takes place in NYC. To give props (and directions), I should note that it is organized by the Belladonna* Collective and co-sponsored by CUNY, which is hosting the conference in the CUNY Grad Center in mid-town Manhattan.
If you're in driving/training distance of NYC and have an interest in questions like "Can feminist poetry contribute to the creation of a "commons" -- a truly public space of intersection and conversation -- and, if so, how?" and in writers like Ann Lauterbach, Duriel Harris, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Kathleen Fraser, Sonia Sanchez, Carla Harryman, Erica Hunt, Monica de la Torre, Sina Queyras, Renee Gladman (and many more) , all of whom will either be presenting work or having their work discussed (I'm talking about Sanchez!), then you -- reader of this long, long sentence -- should be at ADFEMPO this week. FREE! (But donations are gleefully accepted...)
See you there? : )