ORGANIZER: Larissa Shamilo
ALL-STAR WOMEN POETS READ TO BENEFIT DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Women poets read in support of Democrat women candidates
with Lee Ann Brown, Elaine Equi, Rachel Hadas, Patricia Spears Jones, Trace Peterson, Larissa Shmailo and Emcee Maggie Balistreri
New York City — On September 29, as part of the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change initiative, seven leading New York City women poets will read to benefit the Democratic National Committee’s (Democrats.org) midterm election efforts. Proceeds will be earmarked for the campaigns of progressive women candidates and candidates in battleground states.
All-Star Women Poets Read will feature Lee Ann Brown (In the Laurels, Polyverse); Elaine Equi (Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems; Sentences and Rain); Rachel Hadas (“The Golden Road”; The Iphigenia Plays of Euripides – New Verse Translations); Patricia Spears Jones (A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems; Painkiller); Trace Peterson (Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics; Collected Poems of Gil Ott); and Larissa Shmailo (Medusa’s Country, #specialcharacters), led by mistress of ceremonies Maggie Balistreri (The Evasion-English Dictionary Expanded Edition; A Balistreri Collection: abc poems).
All-Star Women Poets Read will celebrate the growing role of women in political leadership today and send a message of #neverTrump to Republican anti-women agendas. Voter registration information and volunteer opportunities to help Democratic midterm candidates will be distributed at the reading and a special message of support from district Congressman Jerrold Nadler will be read.
All-Star Women Poets Read is part of the eighth annual global event, 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC), a nonprofit, grassroots organization which brings communities together for sustainability and peace. This year’s events involve nearly 2,000 individuals and organizations and include a special initiative among families and in classrooms, “Read a Poem to a Child,” to highlight the importance and vulnerability of children.
All poems read at All-Star Women Poets Read and 100TPC will be archived at Stanford University.
All Star Women Poets Read 9-29 100TPC for Stanford