Tina Chang, Camille Dungy, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Erika Meitner

Motherland: Maternal Creativity and Balance in a Time of Quarantine

Recorded April 30 2020

Join four acclaimed poets as they reflect upon motherhood and inspiration as they balance personal and professional lives during a time of global urgency. In this one and a half hour webinar poets will talk openly about their lives as mothers and how the creative life has both challenged and sustained them. There will be short poetry readings followed by poets sharing their insight on time management and self-awareness, as well as frank honesty about places where they have universally failed. Join us for a soul-searching discussion about what it means to be a mother during an unprecedented time. This is an opportunity to bond with mothers, care givers, and those who nurture without limits. This webinar is co-sponsored with Blue Flower Arts, a literary speakers agency.

Tina Chang, Camille Dungy, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Erika Meitner

AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic; Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems.

ERIKA MEITNER is the winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Poetry and author of five books of poems: Holy Moly Carry Me; Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore; Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls; Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner; and Copia. Meitner is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in Creative Writing.

TINA CHANG, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of Half-Lit Houses (2004), Of Gods & Strangers (2011), and most recently Hybrida (2019) which was named A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by NPR, Lit Hub, The Millions, Oprah magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly and was named a New York Times Book Review New & Noteworthy collection. Chang teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

CAMILLE DUNGY is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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