Category: Writer

Ms. Muse: Amy King on the Power of Stories and the Weight of the Current Political Moment

We’re carving out a new discovery place for riotous, righteous and resonant feminist poetry to nourish and give voice to a rising tide of female resistance—and you’ve clicked right into it. Click here to read more Ms. Muse. “There comes a point in everyone’s lives where we start to recognize that we are making choices, that…

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“UNDERSTANDING THE POEM”  “The problem flashes face forward when I want to ask the poet what she meant when she wrote poetry and she is no longer with us.”   ~~~~~ DISCOVER “STOP & FRISK” @ CONNOTATION PRESS ~~~~~



The WOM-PO (Discussion of Women’s Poetry) List was started in December 1997 by Annie Finch with an invitation to a small group of poets, critics, and lovers of women’s poetry. These people in turn invited other people to join, and the list has grown into a well-regarded international listserve by spreading through these networks. In…


Birds & Operas – Collaboration

Poem from I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011) Featuring (in order of appearance): Annie Finch Saeed Jones Daniel Nester Patricia Spears Jones Cole Swensen R. Erica Doyle Cate Marvin Brent Cuningham Danielle Pafunda Jamaal May GC Waldrep Ryan Doyle May James Yeh Matt Hart E. Tracy Grinnell Brenda Iijima Molly Gaudry Sina…

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“What is safe?”

Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you…

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I Want to Make You Safe

CLICK: *  Support Small Press Distribution * Litmus Press *  The French Exit on “The Strange Power of Lying to Yourself“   “Rarely have the nude and the cooked been so neatly joined” as in Amy King’s I Want to Make You Safe. If “us,” “herons,” and “dust” rhyme,  then these poems rhyme. If that…

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King on Rich

No Place for the Little Lyric / Poetry Off the Shelf : The Poetry Foundation [click here] No Place for the Little Lyric @ The Poetry Foundation Should Adrienne Rich be the poet laureate of the Occupy movement?

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Poetry & Race Roundtable

The new issue of Evening Will Come is up:  A roundtable on poetry and race, featuring Francisco Aragón, Jaswinder Bolina, Veronica Golos, Amy King, J. Michael Martinez, Farid Matuk, Evie Shockley, Juliana Spahr, Orlando White, and Timothy Yu. Here: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

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Poetry – Women – Words

Lorna Simpson talks about her career, including her recent practice of appropriating and restaging mid-20th-century photographs. * Why Black History Month Still Matters * Pollitt speaks on women’s equality struggles * Women Stage Massive Protests Across Italy: ‘The Sexism Is Intolerable ‘ (Video) * Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and “Fun” Feminism * Hatem addresses emergence of…

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Women Don’t Travel & Write

Women don’t travel and write about it, or so the New Yorker’s Bill Buford might have us believe via the Best American Travel Writing 2010.  Actually, the truth is that one of the 20 essays included is written by a woman.  My bad. We’re still watching what the rest of the 2010 “Best of American”…

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The Count

“Best of 2009″ and “Historical Count” BEST OF 2009 Amazon – Top 100 Editors’ Picks 2009 77 Men 23 Women ~~~ The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation 2009 5 Men 5 Women Lifetime Achievement Award – 1 Man ~~~ Christian Science Monitor — Best books of 2009: Fiction 5 Men 7 Women Christian Science…

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My Visceral Thought

Watch the Kathleen Hanna clip.  Read the manifesto. I can’t help it.  I keep saying I won’t write this post.  It’s not worth it, I’ll appear rude, my knowledge is limited, etc.  But I’ve decided to put it out there, after a cursory read and setting the book aside in annoyance.  The Gurlesque anthology, GURLESQUE:…

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The “I Like Amy King A Lot” Interview FIND OUT: * You’re very involved in participating in the poetry community. What motivates you to be involved with so many projects? What do you get from all your projects? * What is your best coping mechanism for the AWP experience? Do you enjoy participating in the…


“Strange Dolls”

“Amy King” Doll So I commissioned a woman artist, Beth Robinson, to make dolls of Ana and me to christen our new home.   Robinson’s work has begun to be featured in galleries and written about in art publications.    Not sure the photos do them justice — in person, they just rock.  If you’re…

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WILLA – New School Event +

Riggio Forum: Women in Letters and Literary Arts Monday, March 1, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m. Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street — Room 510 New York, NY WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) presents readings along with a panel discussion on the state of women’s literature today. Participants, all of whom…

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My New Puppies

My new puppies are up at Moria: “THIS” * “HOW I GOT TO RUSSIA’S KNAPSACK” * “MY LOVE ISN’T” * “BROOKLYN WHITE INK PARTY” * “CHASTEN THE TAIL” The complete list of Moria contributors: Camille Martin, Charles Perrone, Heller Levinson, Philip Byron Oakes, Trish Falin, Rebecca Eddy, Chris Major, Onur Caymaz, Maw Shein Win, Daniel…

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Amy King: Two New Readings

Somebody just told me that I made the front page of PennSound today! So here I am, in all of my verbal-stumbling glory, complete with a rare pic they found (at least, an older one) – thanks, PennSound! Please enjoy responsibly: Amy King @ PennSound Today, we’re happy to announce the addition of two new…

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