Foremothers: Imitating & Celebrating Women Poets

Foremothers: Imitating & Celebrating Women Poets


In the 18th century, imitation truly was the sincerest form of flattery. But the aping, however artful, often consisted of men responding to the work of other men.

With its edicts of "make it new," modernism demoted imitation from flattery to faux pas, but the boys still dominated the conversation. Or did they?  

In this workshop, we'll admire, analyze, and copycat the work of twentieth-century women poets in order to reclaim imitation as a feminist strategy, gleaning everything we can glean from the women whose legacy we're still unearthing.

We will listen to our poets and to one another. As Alicia Ostriker says, "Damn the fathers. / We are talking about defiance.”

November 12-December 9, Online

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Teaching Artist


Joshua Davis

Joshua holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, an MFA from the University of Mississippi, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former John and Renee Grisham fellow, he teaches poetry, fiction, and multi-genre workshops. Recent poems have appeared in The Poetry Distillery, The Museum of Americana, and The Midwest Quarterly. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.

Art: Muriel Rukeyser by Sophie Herxheimer