Please join Merry Gangemi in welcoming Judith Arcana back to Woman-Stirred Radio, this Thursday, February 19th, at 5:00 (eastern). They'll talk about Poetry and Politics and Grace Paley.
Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, living now in the Pacific Northwest, Judith Arcana is a writer of poems, stories, essays and books, as well as a scholar, teacher, and activist for reproductive justice.
Praised by writers & readers, reviewers and community leaders, Judith’s most recent publications are a signed/numbered edition five-poem broadside, POEMS) and a chapbook manuscript in an envelope, Family Business. Her most recent full-length book is What if Your Mother, a collection of poems and monologues examining a constellation of motherhood themes rarely offered with such richness, including abortion, adoption, miscarriage and the contemporary biotechnology of childbirth.
She is the author of two classic prose books about motherhood, both published in the US and the UK: Our Mothers' Daughters – one of the earliest feminist analyses of the mother/daughter relationship; and Every Mother's Son – the first feminist book about the mother/son relationship published in the USA.
Judith is also the author of Grace Paley's Life: A Literary Biography. Studying Grace and knowing her for many years gave Judith what she was wanting when she wrote, in that book’s Preface: “Where in literature are reflections of my experience, my sensibilities, my world view, my politics? When I read and write about John Keats, or D.H. Lawrence, or Beowulf, I am ranging far off, studying the history and possibilities of a distant ‘other.’ But when I study she-who-is-most-like-me, I learn what has been, and might be, possible for myself.”
Here's what Alicia Ostriker has to say about 4th Period English, Judith's new book, due out in the spring: "4th Period English is so wonderful, I feel privileged to have read it, and I wish it were part of every curriculum starting right now. Listen to Adelita, Vicente, Mikoor, Huynh Chinh, Kathy and Megan, Corazón, Jamayah, the teacher Ms Solomon and her neighbor Khatereh Jafari… you'll think you too were there in George Washington High School, Anywhere, USA, surrounded by The World. And you were. This is absolutely terrific writing."
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