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The World's First Author Was a Chill Priestess to an Even Chiller Goddess

Meet Enheduanna, the Mesopotamian princess and religious leader whose poetry celebrated a celestial goddess who could smash mountains and change people's gender.
Dee Cunning
5.3.18
Books
Books

'His Misogyny Lacks Imagination': Poets Critique Sean Penn's #MeToo Poem

The actor's supposedly fictional novel "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff" ends with an epic poem where the woman-hating protagonist tries to take on the #MeToo movement. We asked professional poets what they think of it.
Sara David
3.28.18
women’s history
women’s history

The Radical Poetry of Audre Lorde's Confidante, Pat Parker

The work of the Black lesbian poet and Black Panther is a salve for times like these.
Dianca Potts
3.20.18
Womens History Month
Womens History Month

Traveling the Country with My Queer, Feminist Roadshow Family

"As soon as I stepped onstage at my first Sister Spit show, I felt my spirit open up to receive the sea of queer faces smiling, nodding, snapping their fingers."
Juliana Delgado Lopera
3.8.18
Culture
Culture

Translating the Poetry of Women of Color into Their Mothers' Language

The intergenerational film series "Mother Tongues" is a homage to moms, daughters, and the languages that unite them.
Marta Bausells
7.26.17
Books
Books

Eileen Myles Has Always Been Cooler Than You

To mark the publication of the writer's new collection of poems, "I Must Be Living Twice," we spoke to Eileen Myles about her decades-long journey from cult writer to feminist icon, sexism in publishing, and when she became cool.
Gabby Bess
9.29.15
Culture
Culture

White Male Poet Uses Chinese Pseudonym, Becomes Rachel Dolezal of Literature

When Michael Derrick Hudson submitted a poem under the name Yi-Fen Chou, he got it published, and the literary world was rightly enraged.
Lauren Oyler
9.8.15