The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America
Brooks Memorial Library
On April 6, 2022, poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander will join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience.
About the Presenters
Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar.
In GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, Shanta Lee Gander navigates between formal and vernacular styles to examine butterflies and female sexuality, vulnerability, classical Greek myths, and more.
Diana Whitney’s edited work, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, ranges across intersectional, intergenerational, and gender-fluid voices.