Category: activism

“Give Me Your Tired..” : Poem, 135 years old, Makes Waves

Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading featuring Esther Schor, Murad Awawdeh, Christina Greer, and Amy King Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 pm The American Jewish Historical Society 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 Tel: 212-294-6160 10$ general ● $7 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus,” is perhaps…

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Diversity and Pay Equity in Publishing: The Importance of Industry Surveys and Activism

Developing the conversation on issues of diversity and pay equity is crucial today, especially in the publishing industry, which employs a large number of women and publishes books and articles for broad and diverse audiences. Four influential voices within the literary world will discuss the necessity of analyzing and documenting the make-up of the workforce,…

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INTERVIEW with VIDA’s Amy King & Jane Kinney-Denning, president of WNBA-NYC and VP-elect for the national organization 

EXCERPT: “Without volunteers, VIDA would not exist. In fact, we created a one-page handout for the release of this past count because ‘What can I do to help?’ has become a recurring mantra indicative of how much larger VIDA is than the faces the organization has come to be associated with. VIDA has tapped into…

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WHY ARE PEOPLE SO INVESTED IN KENNETH GOLDSMITH? OR, IS COLONIALIST POETRY EASY?

Kenneth Goldsmith reading “The Body of Michael Brown” (screenshot via @soulellis/Twitter) “Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock.” —Denise Levertov I have written elsewhere (“Beauty and the Beastly Po-Biz”) about the empire-building taking place under the rhetoric of a liberating avant-garde vis-à-vis Conceptual Poetry as presumably helmed…

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