Julie Murphy interviews award winning poets Ellen Bass and Cynthia White about their poems and the work of Jericho Brown and Paul Tran included in the new gender-inclusive anthology Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing. Please join us as we read stunning poems and engage in a lively discussion of the power of poetry, how to write about difficult subjects, art and healing, and more.
From the Grabbed website:
“The editors asked writers and poets to add to the conversation about what being “grabbed” means to them in their own experience or in whatever way the word “grabbed” inspired them. What they received are often searing, heart-rending works, ranging in topic from sexual misconduct to racial injustice, from an unwanted caress to rape, expressed in powerful, beautifully crafted prose and poetry.
This book is for everyone who has ever felt alone in their experience of being grabbed, violated, overlooked, and silenced. This anthology is their voice. It is their war cry. It is their plea to be heard and be seen. We want this volume to provide hope to those who have yet to harness the power of their own story. Years in the making, the stitching together of this important narrative chronicles a moment in time which is, unfortunately, also timeless.”
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