UWT Scholarly Selections: FemPoetiks of American Poetry and Americana Music: A Woman’s Truth
Thursday May 19, 6:00-7:00 PM
Join us at the museum for this fascinating talk! Through poems and songs, women speak their truth, and in so doing create and sustain a discourse of FemPoetiks which is passed down through the generations. Linda Nicole Blair presents the key points of her book, FemPoetiks of American Poetry and Americana Music: A Woman’s Truth and links to American history through the works of the three female poets: Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, and Emily Dickinson. She’ll also explore the history of FemPoetiks through poets and songwriters from Washington State.
Book review of FemPoetiks of American Poetry and Americana Music: A Woman’s Truth:
“How do American poems and songs written by women portray society—and more importantly, how do they change that society? These are two of the many fundamental questions that Nicole Blair explores in her phenomenal book, FemPoetiks of American Poetry and Americana Music: A Woman’s Truth. Through a deeply intersectional approach, Blair examines six pioneers of songwriting and poetry who have developed a counternarrative that speaks truth to power. This book gives long overdue scholarship to songwriters Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, and Lucinda Williams, pairing each songwriter with a poet known for her trailblazing work: Anne Bradstreet, the first American published in the American colonies; Phillis Wheatley the first African-American to publish a poetry book; and Emily Dickinson. What all these writers have in common is a resistance to the injustices of their epochs—and a commitment to use art to present the complex truths of their lives. Blair’s scintillating prose is every bit as able to distil complex topics such as feminism, slavery, and racism, as it is in parsing out the intricacies of poetic lines. Her insights are like lightning that illuminates the night sky. This is a deeply necessary book on the power of women’s poetry, songs—and the courage to sing one’s truth.”
– Associate Professor Charlotte Pence, author and editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics.
Linda Nicole Blair is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma where she teaches literature and writing. Her other scholarly work includes the book Virginia Woolf and the Power of Story: A Literary Darwinist Reading of Six Novels. She has also recorded and released three CDs of original Americana music, Little Queenie (2016), No Limits (2017) and most recently, By Your Side (2021).
Image courtesy University of Washington Tacoma
This program is generously supported by Columbia Bank.
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