The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood
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MER VOX Quarterly – Summer 2017

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June 2017  SUMMER

In This Issue

GALLERY: GUARDIAN: What is your superpower?
CRAFT: Women Writers, Mothers And Friendships: How We Sustain Each Other
POETRY: The Mother Dispossessed


 

GALLERY: GUARDIAN: What is your superpower?

Curator Ana Silva

“… Women warriors and female heroes are emblazoned on our t-shirts, waving in our protest banners, and held in our hearts. Whether they are ancient goddesses, national politicians, international activists, or our mothers, daughters, sisters or partners, we are delighting in their power. This month we highlight work from visual artists that delves into the vitality, endurance, and fire of female guardianship, that force which protects and defends what we love and value….” – Ana Silva

Sophia Philip – God-dess
Laura Von Rusk – Untitled
Holly Anderson (photographed by Jonathan Kane) – May Day May Day
Liz Leggett – Superhero Ready
Rosary Solimanto – Weight
Mira Ho – verbal (ii)


 

CRAFT: Women Writers, Mothers And Friendships: How We Sustain Each Other

J.P. Howard with Mireya Perez-Bustillo and Patsie Alicia Ifill

“…In Lucille Clifton’s poem ‘won’t you celebrate with me’ the poet celebrates herself, a woman of color in the world. “i had no model/born in babylon/both nonwhite and woman/what did i see to be except myself?” Friends, writers and mothers, Mireya Perez-Bustillo and Patsie Alicia Ifill share a friendship where they consistently support each other, not just as friends, but also as writers. … This interview explores how they sustain that friendship and support system as writers, women and mothers….” – J.P. Howard

 


Emerging: Day Lily & Cope’s Gray Tree Frog, by Lisa Cihlar

POETRY: The Mother Dispossessed

Curator Patricia Brody

We celebrate these women’s stories, here to rouse them from 100 or 1000 years of restless death. As every goddess knows, nothing’s worse than
being ignored.
–From Patricia Brody’s intro to Dangerous To Know (Salmon, 2013)

 

Featured Poets
Srividya Kannan Ramachandran
Elisabeth Frischauf
Esther Cohen
Ellen C. Goldberg
Lisa J. Cihlar
Jane Schulman
Katrina Kostro
Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins
Alexandria Mitchell

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