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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Un-Real Mother: Character Development within Maternal Poetry FILLING

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"The Un-Real Mother: Character Development within Maternal Poetry- will be a panel of amazingly talented poets. I hope this reading will offer our audience inspiration to recognize motherhood as a subject that can be written without sentimentality.Often times motherhood is considered a subject that is too sentimental, purely feminine and not serious poetry but I believe it has all the tension, drama and compassion for the makings of truly great poetry. Maternal Poetry seeks to shed light on the binary of the good vs bad mother characters in literature. Mothers are not just eternal and majestic nor are they evil and neglectful- but are humans labelled as mothers. Maternal Poetry aims show the perfection within the imperfection. To show the woman who struggles with endless tasks of motherhood and the woman who shares the heavy load with her community. The woman who sees what her mother went through and fears being placed in the same box. This is a chance to not only listen to poetry regarding motherhood but to also to learn how we were able to create poetry about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood outside the binary of the good/bad mother character. Until female character is expose as themselves they will remain in the shadows of what society expects them to traditionally be.

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Katherine Sullivan

Katherine Sullivan's maternal poetry aims to shift our perspective of motherhood. To explore how a woman is labeled in literature and how this effects our social construct. She wishes to reach out to young women and men as a poet and public speaker who will guide others to develop... Read More →

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Christine Beck

Christine Beck holds an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University and teaches creative writing at local universities. Her works include Blinding Light, Stirred, Not Shaken, and Beneath the Steps:Writing for Recovery.  Her blog is beneaththe steps.blogspot.com
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Shelby Lanaro

A New England native, Shelby is from a small town in Southwestern Connecticut. She received her BA in English in 2014 from Southern Connecticut State University, where she is also completing her MFA degree in poetry. Shelby has recently gotten poems published in The Feminist Wire... Read More →
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Vivian Shipley

Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Vivian Shipley teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2015, she published two books, The Poet (LaLit Press at Southeastern Louisiana University) and Perennial (Negative Capability Press, Mobile, AL) which was nominated... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 1 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970