September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Friday, September 11 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace

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After President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the editors of this anthology called for women poets of all backgrounds and job descriptions to share their workplace experiences—not just pay and promotion inequity, or workplace harassment and intimidation, but women’s ever-widening range of occupations and representation in a globalized world. Raising Lilly Ledbetter is the 3rd volume in the Human Rights Series of Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit, independent poetry publisher, involved with community outreach and social change through cultural and educational programs. 

With poems from 120 North American and international poets, and a statement from Lilly Ledbetter herself, this book was a labor of over three years. Voices in this anthology bear witness to women’s workspaces, and re-envision the world of work for women. How do women tell their workplace stories in poetry, and act as agents of change in these difficult economic times?  

Join editor Carolyne Wright, publisher Christine Holbert, contributor Melissa Kwasny along with Thomas Aslin, Tom Mitchell, and Gary Thompson to occupy the reading space for this ground-breaking anthology that celebrates women in the workplace.
About this book, Carolyn Forché wrote, "This remarkable anthology, gathered in tribute to Lilly Ledbetter with a toast to Carolyn Kizer, gathers the lyric art of working women, writing from the depths of at least sixty-two occupations...This is anthology as page-turner, as fist in the air, as do-it-yourself manual against despair. Here, and in gratitude to Lilly Ledbetter, is the music of a movement, and it is one of the best of our time."

And Cynthia Hogue wrote that "When we open Raising Lilly Ledbetter, we enter a world that has been, like women’s work and working women historically, silenced or trivialized (or both).  The poems gathered in Raising Lilly Ledbetter counter all that.” 

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Thomas Aslin

Born in Spokane, Thomas Aslin was educated at the University of Washington and the University of Montana where he studied with Madeline DeFrees, William Kittredge, and Richard Hugo and earned an MFA. In addition to this volume, Aslin has published a chapbook and a full-length collection... Read More →
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Christine Holbert

Based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent press that publishes the works of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. Christine... Read More →
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Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, including Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today, selected by Linda Bierds for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2017), Pictograph (Milkweed Editions 2015), and Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed... Read More →
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of poetry chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Entre Rios Books) and the cookbook Pie School (Sasquatch Books), and she’s co-editor with Samuel Ligon of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Her writing has been anthologized... Read More →
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Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell was raised in New York and California, but has lived in Oregon since 1980. He received his Masters from California State University, Sacramento, where he studied with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He received an MFA from the University of Montana, where he worked with... Read More →
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Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson’s fifth book of poetry, One Thing After Another, a collection of six lyric sequences, was published by Turning Point in 2013, and recent poems have appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, December and Hubbub. He earned a MFA from the University of Montana, where he was... Read More →
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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright's new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm MDT
Missoula Art Museum - Carnegie 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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