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Phyllis Stowell

Sandra M. Gilbert and Phyllis Stowell

21 APRIL 2022 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a reading by Sandra M. Gilbert, Judgment Day, and Phyllis Stowell, Threshold State, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PDT (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

Please join us for a Poetry Flash virtual reading on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 pm PDT. We are pleased to bring you this exciting event via Zoom. To register, please click on the link in the calendar listing above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. Thank you for continuing to support Poetry Flash and our reading series during these unprecedented times.

This reading is co-sponsored by Moe's Books in Berkeley. Search for Sandra M. Gilbert's book at For Phyllis Stowell's new book, see

Sandra M. Gilbert's tenth book of poetry is Judgment Day. Marilyn Hacker said, "Judgment Day, with formal virtuosity, explores food and its multiple cultural meanings, infuses a series of ekphrastic poems with history often includes love lyric and elegy in one poem, gives us politically charged narratives of childhood and young womanhood in New York, and a wry and revolutionary look at an aging body still desiring, desired, and in motion." Sandra M. Gilbert is renowned for her collaborative critical work with Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, widely recognized as a central text of second-wave feminism. Carolyn See called it "a masterpiece" in Los Angeles Times Book Review. Gilbert co-edited The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets, and co-authored No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the 20th Century, among other works. Sandra Gilbert edited Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry, from the courageous political prose of poet Adrienne Rich. Gilbert has received many honors, including the Northern California Book Awards's Fred Cody Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Phyllis Stowell's new book of poetry is Threshold State. Alan Williamson said of it, "When I read Phyllis Stowell's poetry, I am first struck by the beauty of the sound-play—a dimension undervalued by so many contemporary poets. Then by her unflinching confrontation with the theme that must come to the fore for all poets if they live long enough: the confrontation with the Void. Like the great poets of old age—I think particularly of Stevens—Stowell records both the horror and the glimpses of a possible transcendence." Phyllis Stowell's previous books of poems include Einstein's Knot and Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions. She has authored numerous collections of poetry and edited APPETITE, Food as Metaphor, An Anthology of Women's Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, American Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly, Wallace Stevens Review, Columbia, Epoch, Phoebe, 13th Moon, Volt, and The Jung Journal. She is former Chair of the Friends of the Institute (C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco). She lives in Berkeley.

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