Join us as Carolyne Wright, Holly Hughes, Lyn Coffin, and Mary Ellen Talley read from the book Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Worksplace on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3pm.
After President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the editors of this anthology called for women poets of all backgrounds and job descriptions to share their workplace experiences—not just pay and promotion inequity, or workplace harassment and intimidation, but women’s ever-widening range of occupations and representation in a globalized world. Raising Lilly Ledbetter is the 3rd volume in the Human Rights Series of Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit, independent poetry publisher, involved with community outreach and social change through cultural and educational programs.
With poems from 120 North American and international poets, a statement from Lilly Ledbetter herself, and blurbs from human-rights poets and activists Carolyn Forché and Cynthia Hogue, this book was a labor of over three years, and has already nearly sold out its first printing.Voices in this anthology bear witness to women’s workspaces, and re-envision the world of work for women. How do women tell their workplace stories in poetry, and act as agents of change in these difficult economic times? Join us to occupy the reading space with poet contributors to this ground-breaking anthology that celebrates women in the workplace.
"This remarkable anthology, gathered in tribute to Lilly Ledbetter with a toast to Carolyn Kizer, gathers the lyric art of working women, writing from the depths of at least sixty-two occupations. These are the poems of the heavy-lifters, night-shifters, line and piece workers, writing with grace and often with humor: poets who punch clocks, woman the phones and decks, weave, weld and can, cotton-pick and cold call, thread-spin, typeset and teach. They sex-work, they ship-build, plaster and preach, butcher and drive the bus. This is anthology as page-turner, as fist in the air, as do-it-yourself manual against despair. Here, and in gratitude to Lilly Ledbetter, is the musuic of a moverment, and it is one of the best of our time." --- Carolyn Forché, poet and activist