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Sylvia Plath Birthday Party Featured Speakers

Oct. 27, 2013
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Kim Bridgford
Kim Bridgford is also editor of Mezzo Cammin. She founded the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010, and recently celebrated its third anniversary at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in affiliation with the exhibition The Female Gaze. Her collaborative work with visual artist Jo Yarrington has been honored with a Ucross fellowship. Bridgford has authored seven books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying, and Epiphanies, a book of religious poems. She has appeared in such media as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, on NPR and the website of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Holly Trostle Brigham
Holly Trostle Brigham is a Philadelphia painter who creates life-size figures in watercolor depicting historical and mythological women in elaborate settings. She was a featured artist in the Art W Salon in New York City and Evolve the Conversation, a national interdisciplinary salon that was produced as a documentary. Her 2013 solo exhibition at Ursinus College will be accompanied by a catalog and travel to George Washington University in 2014. As a visiting artist at Lafayette College in 2011-12, she created a print with the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Brigham is collaborating with award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson on a series of paintings and prayers for a group of nuns. She has taught at Pasadena City College, Worcester State College, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Baum School of Art.

Anna M. Evans
Anna M. Evans teaches at West Windsor (N.J.) Art Center and Richard Stockton College. Nine times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, McCort is editor of the Raintown Review and managing editor of Barefoot Muse Press. Her fifth chapbook, Selected Poems of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, will be published this year. Her poems have appeared in, among others, The Harvard Review, The Atlanta Review, Rattle and e-zines such as Apple Valley Review. Among her awards: Rattle's 2012 Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award; Byline's 2004 Poetry Award; the 2005 Jeanette Gottlieb Prize for Poetry; Writer's Digest Award for Best Rhyming Poem 2005; and all three poetry prizes at the 2005 Philadelphia Writers Conference. In 2005 and 2007, Evans was a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and won the Nemerov Scholarship in poetry to attend the 2009 Sewanee Writers Conference. Recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she has also participated in the residency program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Jessica McCourt
Jessica McCort is an instructor in the English department at Duquesne University. Her scholarship focuses largely on the appropriation of children's literature, particularly Grimm's and Andersen's fairy tales and Lewis Carroll's Alice books, by American women writers, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Elizabeth Bishop. McCort's published work on Plath examines the author's juvenilia and her interest in the girlhood consciousness. She is completing a book compiling essays concerning the intersection of the horror genre and children's books (under contract with the University Press of Mississippi). She also runs the literary blog The Owl's Skull, devoted to the infiltration of popular children's books by the weird and terrifying.

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell teaches English and creative writing at Fordham University and is associate director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include three collections of poems, Saint Sinatra (2011), Moving House (2009) and a book of elegies entitled Waking My Mother (2013), and two chapbooks, Mine (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009). Her work has appeared in such journals as Mezzo Cammin, Potomac Review, Runes and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Web Award, and the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing. O'Donnell also writes essays on contemporary poetry and is a regular books and culture columnist at America magazine.

Jane Satterfield
Jane Satterfield is the literary editor for the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative and teaches at Loyola University (Md.). Her most recent book is Her Familiars, published in 2013 by Elixir Press. She authored two previous books of poems: Assignation at Vanishing Point, and Shepherdess with an Automatic, as well as Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, the William Faulkner Society's Gold Medal for the Essay, the Florida Review Editors' Prize in nonfiction, the Mslexia women's poetry prize, and the49th Parallel Poetry Prize from The Bellingham Review.

Jo Yarrington
Jo Yarrington is a professor of studio art at Fairfield University (Conn.). Her drawings, photographs and architecturally based installations in combinations of glass, waxed paper, and transparent photographs have been shown at numerous U.S. and international galleries, museums and sculpture parks. Organizations that have awarded her grants and fellowships include the Pollock Krasner Foundation (NYC), the Museum of Glass (Tacoma, Wash.), the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.), the Brandywine Institute (Philadelphia), the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Yarrington, who lives and works in both New York City and Norwalk, Conn., was a panelist at the 2011 West Chester Poetry Conference.

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