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Women’s History Month at the Kansas City Public Library Explores Modern Day Gorgons With Award-Winning Poet Michelle Boisseau for ‘New Letters On The Air’

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The theme of grieving yet fierce women from Greek mythology to contemporary times (“Keeping afloat / nine kids while anchored to a crooning / typhoon of a husband”) promises to fuel Women’s History Month in a live event at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Thursday, March 23. Poet Michelle Boisseau will talk about her fifth collection of poetry Among the Gorgons with Angela Elam, host of UMKC’s weekly show and podcast New Letters on the Air.

Among the Gorgons won the Tampa Review Prize and was published in 2016 by the University of Tampa Press. Nominated for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the collection contains the poem, “Ugglig,” that was also published in The Best American Poetry 2016.

“Michelle Boisseau’s poems are unashamed, gleeful, outrageous, defiant,” said New York poet, Eleanor Wilner, a former Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence at UMKC.

Boisseau’s honors include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and poetry prizes for her books. An English Department faculty member at UMKC since 1995, Boisseau teaches in the Creative Writing Program and is a contributing editor of New Letters magazine and BkMk Press. She has been a guest interviewer for New Letters on the Air, which airs locally on KCUR 89.3 FM on Sunday mornings at 6 a.m.

This event is co-presented by UMKC’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the English Department, New Letters magazine and BkMk Press and begins at 6:30 p.m., with a reception beforehand at 6 p.m. Reservations to the event are strongly recommended. For more information and to RSVP reference the “Kansas City Literary Events Calendar” on www.newletters.org.

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