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Ladder Literary Event: Nasty Women Poets Reading

June 13, 2018 @ EST 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

With poems ranging from sassy to sexy, heartfelt to hilarious, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse is poetry for the pussy-hat era. Contributors from Rochester, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania will read from this unforgettable collection, which features work by accomplished poets coast to coast.

Admission is free

Meet the readers:


Melissa Balmain edits Light, America’s premier journal of comic verse, and teaches writing at the University of Rochester. Her work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The New Verse News, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Rattle, The Satirist, The Spectator, and The Washington Post. Her poetry collection Walking In on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award) is often assumed by online shoppers to be some kind of porn. Twitter handle: @MelissaBalmain


Shirley J. Brewer was born, raised and educated in Rochester – and she still has the accent to prove it! Shirley serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore, MD, and earned an MBA from the Maryland Bartending Academy. Recent poems garnish Barrow Street, Poetry East, Slant, Spillway, and other journals. Her books include A Little Breast Music, After Words, and Bistro in Another Realm.


Elizabeth Johnston’s poetry and prose appear in The Atlantic, Room, Women Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, New Verse News, McSweeney’s, and many other journals and collections. She recently co-edited Tuesdays at Six, a collection of poetry and prose by Rochester-based breast cancer survivors. Elizabeth is a founding member of Straw Mat Writers, a member of Just Poets of Rochester, and a professor of writing and gender studies at Monroe Community College. Her website is http://strawmatwriters.weebly.com/elizabeth-johnston.html.


Diane Kendig’s five poetry collections include, most recently, Prison Terms. A recipient of Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry and other awards, she has published poetry and prose in journals such as J Journal, Under the Sun, and Wordgathering.  Her website is dianekendig.com


Judith Sornberger’s most recent poetry collection is Practicing the World (CavanKerry Press, 2018). Her other full-length collection, Open Heart, is from Calyx Books. She is the author of five chapbooks, most recently Wal-Mart Orchid (Evening Street Press), and the memoir The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany (Shanti Arts Publications). As creator of, and professor in, the Women’s Studies Program at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, she aided and abetted women students in developing their nastiness for 25 years.


June 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Writers & Books
(585) 473-2590
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Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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(585) 473-2590
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