The Confluence Poets will present a “Raising Lilly Ledbetter Poetry Reading” on Nov. 1 at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop. The free event begins at 5 p.m.
Featured poets Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Vicky Douxmont, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Christine Kendall, Kelleigh McMillan, Sam Owen and Julianne Seeman will read from the anthology “Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace,” and a poem of their own about women at work.
Guest speakers include the anthology’s editor, Carolyne Wright of Seattle, and publisher, Christine Holbert of Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, Idaho.
“Women, wages, and work: here is a collection to open both eyes and hearts. And fire you up,” said award-winning poet Alice Friman about the anthology. Co-edited by Wright, M.L. Lyons and Eugenia Toledo, “Raising Lilly Ledbetter” features poems about women in the workplace by almost 100 women poets. Women’s work is explored through a wide lens ranging from everyday work to sex work, from the corporate world to the realm of arts and sciences.
“The impulse for this anthology is the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter fair Pay Act,” organizer Cindy Williams Gutierrez said in an email. “This poetry reading, as well as the context for the anthology, is timely and honors women in the workplace.”
Attendees are invited to bring a poem about women’s work to share.