“Conversations that Challenge: Remembering the Forgotten Women.” Too often women can get lost in the historical record, their contributions and achievements minimized. So we dedicate our December reading to the forgotten women, and invite you to come in a spirit of celebration. Please join us at 7 PM on Tuesday, December 10th, when Connecticut poets Nancy Clarke Otter and Melanie Greenhouse read poems in honor and memory of women who might be otherwise forgotten or overlooked. Following their reading, poets and audience will be invited to participate in a conversation regarding how poetry can help us remember the overlooked women in our lives and world. The evening program starts with an open mike at 7 PM. We suggest (but do not require) that open mike participants bring poems fitting our theme. Feature follows the open mike; doors open at 6:30 for munch and mingle (light refreshments).
Our event is free of charge; donations are gratefully accepted. As always, we also accept donations of non-perishable food for the Asylum Hill Crisis Food Program.
Nancy Clarke Otter is a poet and essayist, and teaches humanities at a public magnet school in Hartford, Connecticut. Her work has appeared in Helix, Naugatuck River Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Earth’s Daughters, and on the Split This Rock website as a poem of the week. She holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and Wesleyan University, and has earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
Melanie Greenhouse lives and writes on the outskirts of Noank Village, a place that inspired two fully produced plays. She has worked directly with poets and the craft of poetry for over twenty years, co-founding the Arts Cafe~Mystic in 1994 and serving as its director for the first 10 years, (now in its 21st year!) She has worked across the generations from teens to seniors, helping them discover the poetic potential in their life stories. She developed the program, Gray Dawn Breaking, which uses poetry to enhance memory & cognition in the older individual & those facing memory loss. GDB has expanded to three assisted living communities. Melanie’s poetry addresses cultural pluralism, marriage, the natural world, & the vanishing natural landscape. Her poetry and plays have earned, in her words, national apathy and international indifference.