April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

Court of Appeals Approves Class-Action Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Walmart
San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6 to 5 Monday in a ruling that means a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Walmart Stores, Inc., can move forward to trial. According to The Washington Post, the class-action lawsuit was initially filed in 2001 by Betty Dukes, a former Walmart employee, and six other plaintiffs who worked in 13 of Walmart's 3,400 US stores. 

The Appeals Court did not rule on the discrimination allegations, but only on whether the class named in the lawsuit, more than 1 million current and former women employees, can sue as a class. Court documents define the class as "all women employed at any Walmart domestic retail store at any time since Dec. 26, 1998," reported ABC News. Walmart's executive vice president and general counsel, Jeff Gearhart, hoped to appeal to the Supreme Court, stating the company does "not believe the claims alleged by the six individuals wh...

April 28, 2010

Page after page, Bobcat Country stirs both the counter-intuitively
satisfying “Should I be reading this?” queasiness of the Confessional
poetry of Berryman, Sexton, and Snodgrass, and the unsettlingly
provocative “Is this really poetry?” queasiness of such Muumuu
House-affiliated poets as Ellen Kennedy.

In her second collection, Bobcat Country, Brandi Homan pulls a
surprising bit of bait and switch. She calls the things contained
therein “poems,” but really, they are some of the funniest, saddest,
most honest and raw pieces of autobiographical prose to come along in
some time. But it seems like Homan couldn’t care less about whether
someone who self-identifies as a “poet” has to write things that are
easily identifiable as “poetry” at all.

Read the whole review here:

Buy Brandi's book here:

April 27, 2010

head/desk or htmlgiantfail (a cento)

...language over body...i really don't give a fuck if you and your forehead and your paisley wall get pissed. there it is...That is a bland equation, pure ratio...i love women. i love women writers. but i also had a deadline to meet and the writing to think about first and foremost...i'm not ignoring gender bias, but come on...a lot of the comments here hint that certain groups of people are intentionally discriminated against. i don’t quite buy that. i’ve edited...maybe i smell, but i do believe that in general there are often a much higher % of subs from males. don’t know why that is. but then again, i honestly rarely consider gender when i am looking at words...I'd put my money on the fact that if he encountered more women who wrote language based work that spoke to him he'd be thrilled about it...Male and Female is mostly easy, but apart from that, what can you do...I understand why Affirmative Action was a good thing. I just have personal issu...

April 22, 2010

Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work for the Environment and Women's Rights. She started the greenbelt Movement, a movement that planted 30 millions trees in Kenay and gave women economic freedom.

Below is her inspiring Nobel acceptance speech.

Your Majesties
Your Royal Highnesses
Honourable Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen

I stand before you and the world humbled by this recognition and uplifted by the honour of being the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate.

As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world. I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope it will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership. I know the honour also gives a deep sense of pride to our men, both old and young. As a mother, I appreciate the inspiration this brings to the youth and urge them to use it to pursue their dreams.


April 16, 2010

Woodland Pattern Book Center is looking to hire a full-time Education Coordinator.

Woodland Pattern Book Center is dedicated to the discovery, cultivation and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts.

Our goals are to promote a lifetime practice of reading and writing, to provide a forum and resource center for writers/artists in Milwaukee and our region, and to increase and diversify the audience for contemporary literature through innovative approaches to multi-arts programming.

Position Title: Education Coordinator

Start Date: Between May 25, 2010 and June 1, 2010

Position Objective: To coordinate all aspects of Woodland Pattern’s growing Education program, including after school creative writing classes for children, in-school workshops, summer writing camps, evening workshops for adults, master classes with visiting writers and any other educational or community outreach activities. Education Coordinator directs the Urban Youth Literary Arts program.


April 11, 2010

To which I say, Whoa! Cool! They're giving the Pulitzer Prize to experimentalish ladytypes now?! Who knew. Here's one of her poems, in celebration:

Soft Money


They’re sexy
because they’re needy,
which degrades them.

They’re sexy because
they don’t need you.

They’re sexy because they pretend
not to need you,

but they’re lying,
which degrades them.

They’re beneath you
and it’s hot.

They’re across the border,
rhymes with dancer—

they don’t need
to understand.

They’re content to be
(not mean),

which degrades them
and is sweet.

They want to be
the thing-in-itself

and the thing-for-you—

Miss Thing—

but can’t.

They want to be you,
but can’t,

which is so hot.

April 9, 2010

If you're in Denver at AWP right now, make sure you head on over to the Switchback Books table to pick up a glossy new copy of THE HAUNTED HOUSE, by 2009 Gatewood Prize winner Marisa Crawford.

What's inside? Poems that "take us from room to room, trunk to trunk, closet to closet, where girls keep boxes of photographs and cigarettes and secrets" writes Denise Duhamel, who judged the 2009 Gatewood Prize and selected The Haunted House for publication.

"The Haunted House is like a locker-room exposè of a certain strain of American female adolescence," writes Arielle Greenberg, "and [Crawford's poetry] is the unholy and inevitable spawn of Emily Dickinson and Judy Blume."

Read LJ Moore's review of The Haunted House in the San Francisco Examiner for a good look inside the "worm-hole into a former reality, that 'weird winter when we were obsessed with keeping caterpillars as pets,' and costume-jewelry voodoo out of which girls assemble a self-identity."

If you're like...

April 6, 2010

Leigh Stein, author of the chapbooks Summer in
Paris, How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance, and Least Inhabited Island
II, is awesome.


She's also obsessed with puppets! And putting
poets voices inside them.

Leigh is asking for your help. Not because
she’s insane, silly. Because she wants to buy a FlipCam so she can bring
puppets to AWP in Denver as a part of Poets and Puppets!


Leigh writes:

For those of you who were at AWP last year, I might
have asked you to record a puppet video with Bernadette or another special friend.
This year I am asking for your sponsorship. If you like poetry, if you like
puppetry, if you like fun, hell, if you like me, please consider helping me
purchase a Flip Cam so I can bring puppets to Denver, and in return you will be
handsomely rewarded in heaven and also here on earth:

For $5, I will record a video of a puppet of my
choosing reading a poem of your choosing

For $10, I wil...

April 5, 2010

included a festive sign with the name of her book, which is the coolest book-party idea I have seen in a good long while!

Buy The Haunted House, hot off the presses, at AWP this week, and on the Switchback site post-Denver!

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