Women Forward: Celebrating Women�s History Month, 2009

Poetry Reading and Performance

Saturday, March 14, 6 PM. Admission $10

Poets: Patricia SpearsJones, Nicole Cooley, Kristin Prevallet and others,

ALSO, PERFORMANCE OF A MONOLOGUE OF MEDEA AND ELECTRA BY RENOWNED GREEK PERFORMER/POET LILI BITA

The poetry reading is couched amid the great exhibit celebrating Women's History Month: The First Biennial "Women Forward" art exhibit with Special Guest Artists: Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold, Toshiko Takaezu plus Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace" See the opening ceremonies on YOUTUBE here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6vkzRAmmho

At the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, "Women Forward, a terrific exhibition of Women artists...will explore the importance of female artists in contemporary society" Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, March 7, 2009

"As this show proves, Brooklyn is at the forefront of recognizing not only the enormous contribution women have made to the visual arts - but also the obstacles and hardships that women have had to overcome to get their due in the male dominated art world." Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, March 7, 2009

96 page full color catalogue for the "Women Forward" show with essay by internationally renowned critic, Robert C. Morgan is available. "It reads like a great book, with enlightening statements by this diverse group of outstanding women artists. A must for anyone interested in the scholarship of women in the arts."

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES has lived in New York City since the mid-1970s where she has been involved in the city's poetry and theater scenes as poet, editor, anthologist, teacher and former Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and working with Mabou Mines, the internationally acclaimed theater collective. She is author of two collections: The Weather That Kills published by Coffee House Press (1995) and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press (2006) and two chapbooks: Repuestas! Belladonna Books (2007) and Mythologizing Always, Telephone Books (1981) both now out of print. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Goethe Institute for travel and research in Germany. She has received fellowships to Yaddo, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

NICOLE COOLEY grew up in New Orleans. She has published two books of poetry and a novel and her fourth book, a collection of poems, Breach, about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is forthcoming from LSU Press next year. Her awards include The Walt Whitman Award, the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, Court Green, LIT and other journals. She directs the new MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York.

KRISTIN PREVALLET is a poet, essayist, and translator who is working in the tradition of Charles Olson’s Curriculum of the Soul in both her writing and teaching projects. Born in Denver and raised by her mother, a radical feminist Catholic nun, Prevallet's literary focus is to integrate political and personal consciousness into radical poetic forms. Prevallet has published a number of chapbooks and has four full length collections: I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007); Shadow Evidence Intelligence (Factory School 2006); Scratch Sides: Poetry, Documentation, and Image-Text Projects (Skanky Possum, 2002); Perturbation, My Sister: A study of Max Ernst's Hundred headless woman (First Intensity Pr., 1997)

LILI BITA, renowned author, actress, and musician, has been one of contemporary Greece’s foremost cultural ambassadors. The brilliant interpretations of Greek culture and history in her acclaimed one-woman shows, “The Greek Woman Through the Ages” and “Freedom or Death,” have brought the legacy off Hellenism around the world. Her own poetry and fiction have won praise from such figures as Nikos Kazantzakis, Anais Nin, and Kenneth Rexroth. Tasos Athanasiadis, the former director of the Greek National Theater, calls her “among the most talented women of her generation.”

 

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