The Resistance is Femme (AF)
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism Anthology Reading
with Denice Frohman, Amanda Johnston, Ada Limón, & Anastacia-Renée
Hosted by the editors, Dani Barnhart & Iris Mahan
Friday, March 29th | 6:30pm
Powell’s City of Books | 1005 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209
As our resistance to the white patriarchy and rampant toxic masculinity rises in strength and momentum, the term femme has come to represent an expansive range of intersecting identities and gender expressions, inclusive to all who embrace their feminist power and energy. Our unity empowers us as an unstoppable force. Our individual stories are the life blood of the resistance.
Join four phenomenal poets for a powerhouse reading in celebration of all of the poets who breathed life into to this anthology, and to recognize everyone who has ever shared their stories in an effort to nurture and support and protect one another.
Free & open to the public.
Sponsored by Adelphi University MFA in Creative Writing
Denice Frohman is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and garnered over 10 million views online. She’s featured on national and international stages, including The Apollo, The White House, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, PEN World Voices Festival, and over 200 colleges and universities. She has a Master’s in Education and is co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico. She lives in Philadelphia.
Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press). Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Callaloo, Poetry, Kinfolks Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Muzzle, Pluck!, No, Dear and the anthologies, Small Batch, Full, di-ver-city, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts. She serves on the Cave Canem Foundation board of directors and currently lives in Texas.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new collection, The Carrying, was released by Milkweed Editions in August of 2018 and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.
Anastacia Renée is Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a home for writers in Seattle. She is a full time queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received poetry fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Edge (Artist Trust) and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale. Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show has debuted at The Project Room, Hugo House, The Twilight Gallery and Gay City. 9 Ounces is a multivalent social justice play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Anastacia Renee is the Author of 26, (Dancing Girl Press), 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Writers Award nominee and a 2016 Pushcart nominee. Recently Anastacia Renee has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited installations surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body’s memory and infatuated by myths, fables & imaginary truths.