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MoonSpit Poetry of Insights, Resources, Activism, and Art

Need You More Than Ever

In Sarah Vap’s newest, The End of the Sentimental Journey, a vivisection of language, gender, and poetics, she writes at one point about the severing of a dog’s vocal cords during scientific … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review Round-Up for National Poetry Month

Collected in celebration of National Poetry Month are book reviews and interviews I’ve written and conducted over the past couple of years. For more books written by women use the … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Last Words as Poetry and Blog Editor for So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art

The following post first appeared on So to Speak blog.  I don’t have a firm definition of feminism. I have an emotional understanding. Feminism as a verb, noun, adjective, with a … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Arco Iris by Sarah Vap

As soon as I published a review of my dear friend Sarah Vap′s newest poetry collection, Arco Iris (Saturnalia 2012), she comes out with an even newer collection, End of the Sentimental … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Voting is a Feminist Issue

It was not until 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment across the entire United States did American women get the right to vote.  For a country that is … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Danielle Pafunda and the Manhater

A Mommy V, Illness, Ex-Dog/Ex-Lover triptych, Danielle Pafunda’s Manhater is more of the consumptive tense man (h)eater. A Plath-descendant, Pafunda’s speakers’ polemic attitudes build a cage around opponents’ gazes. Immediately, with a title … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mommy Poems by Medeia Starfire

Start off by showing your love for our poet, Medeia Starfire! In her shining evocation of paranoia, obsession, and oppression in relationships (in this case, a mother-child dynamic) she controls voice through … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Natasha Trethewey 2012 Poet Laureate

Thursday, June 7,  2012, Natasha Trethewey will be named the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate! Last Fall, GMU students were honored to hear her read and speak at the yearly festival Fall for the Book. We learned … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

In Celebration of Wonderful StS Editors

In celebration of our 2011-2012 editorial circle, I wanted to provide our out-going editors a chance to share thoughts on feminism and personal insights in working with the journal. Here we … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why I Am an Argument Series

One of the hardest things to teach in Composition 101 English courses is the argument. Actually, that is probably one of the hardest things to teach in general: the nuances … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Reality and Un-Reality of Race

Race, a culturally-constructed term to genetically categorize peoples of certain ethnic and cultural backgrounds into locked groups, is the backdrop of discrimination and racist mentalities. Anthropologists and scientists have studied … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Unveiling of the Immortal

Today, Monday the twenty-second of August two-oceans eleven, the Martin Luther King Memorial unveils!  About &*#$!$* time! Placed at Tidal Basin, a cozy post right along the Potomac River and close to the … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ballads of the Appalachians

Elizabeth LaPrelle sat in front of us tuning her bango and sipping water while we waited to hear what her voice would sound like, if she would sound like Joan Baez … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fresh Out of the Oven: Lara Tal Shares with us a Tasty Snack from Pupcakes

Following are some words by Lara Tal,  Virginia Tech grad, on her new business, Pupcakes,and some thoughts on the stresses and excitements of working for one’s self and one’s passions.  Pupcakes is an online store … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

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