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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, A Moon Over Wings, which was a finalist in 2009 for the Washington State Book Award. Since retiring from driving metropolitan buses, Aslin spends his time in... 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 Holbert, founder and publisher of Lost Horse Press, earned her publishing degree from Eastern Washington University in 1998. At that time, she realized that few... Read More →
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Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Pictograph (2015) and The Nine Senses (2011), both from Milkweed Editions, as well as a collection of literary essays, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision (Lynx House Press 2013). Reading Novalis in Montana was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by the Huffington Post. She is also the editor of Toward the Open... Read More →
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →
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Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell studied writing at California State University, Sacramento where he received his MA in English, and worked with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, studying with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New England Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, The New Orleans... 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 a founding editor of CutBank, and taught in the creative writing program at CSU, Chico for nearly thirty years. In 2010, he edited Quinton Duval’s (a fellow... Read More →
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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright’s new book is the ground-breaking anthology in Lost Horse Press’s Human Rights Series, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (2015). Her other nine books and chapbooks of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP / Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award; A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press); and Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning... Read More →

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

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