Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Politics
Chair: Aviva Dautch
Adrienne Rich was one of the most revered and influential American poets of the last century. In over 30 books of poetry and essays she championed the indivisibility of art and politics, offering a candid and brave articulation of feminism, sexuality, Jewish identity and civil rights. Her writing examines questions of language and history, the action of poetic imagination in change, and much more.
Rich, who died in 2012, received -- and occasionally resisted -- multiple awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, Academy of American Poets Fellowship and the National Medal for the Arts.
Rich’s contemporary, poet Ruth Fainlight and writer and activist Lynne Segal discussed Rich’s work and enduring legacy, interspersed with readings by poet Aoife Mannix.
Ruth Fainlight is an award-winning poet and translator, whose collections, since Cages in 1966, have spanned five decades. In the words of A. S. Byatt, Fainlight’s poems "give us truly new visions of usual and mysterious events". A New & Collected Poems was published in 2010.
Lynne Segal is Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her books include Making Trouble: Life & Politics; Straight Sex: The Politics of Pleasure and Is the Future Female?
Aoife Mannix is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel, Heritage of Secrets. She has been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
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