About the event

How do we theorize a poetics of motherhood? Attentive to divergent experiences of motherhood and using the maternal as a field that hovers outside neat categorization, this symposium will investigate the poetics of the maternal self and body through the experiences of women of color, adoptive mothers and single mothers.

Panel discussion with poets Meena Alexander, English, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Kimiko Hahn, Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College; Erica Hunt, independent scholar. Moderators: Nicole Cooley, Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College; Leah Souffrant, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Followed by a poetry reading with Meena Alexander, Lee Ann Brown, Tina Chang, Nicole Cooley, Marcella Durand, Betsy Fagin, Kimiko Hahn, Erica Hunt, Cate Marvin, Idra Novey, Tracy K. Smith, Leah Souffrant, Karen Weiser, and Rachel Zucker.

4:00: Panel Discussion

5:30: Reception

6:00: Poetry Reading