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5 Views on Poetry & Prose

Every MAKER has a wealth of unique and personal experiences that are powerful on their own. How can we combine their experiences to create a multi-faceted story on a topic, event or moment in history? Each week, we’ll create a playlist of five women, to explore and illuminate how one moment can bring forth many perspectives.
For National Poetry Month, we bring you 5 Views on Poetry and Prose. In this playlist, we follow the creation of a literary piece, from pen to publication, to tell a story about artistic expression and authorship. Where do the MAKERS find the inspiration for their art? Does a woman’s gender affect her chances to publish? How can writers find ways to express their innermost thoughts, without relying on the world of publishing?
In this playlist:
1) Judy Blume: A Young Writer
Judy Blume is one of the most beloved storytellers in America, but where did her story begin? In A Young Writer, Blume recounts the rich interior life she developed as a child, and how it influenced the intricate worlds she creates for her characters.
2) Eve Ensler: Art & Reality
As the creator of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, took stories of women and created a space for them to be heard. In Art & Reality, she delves into her creative process, stressing the importance of using your own experiences to create art that will often relate to many individuals.
3) Tracy K. Smith: The Power of Poetry
How does one become a poet? Tracy K. Smith first fell in love with poetry in college, when she read the work of Seamus Heaney. However, it was when she turned to poetry to overcome her struggles, that she really learned the power of her craft.
4) Robin Morgan: Getting Published by Mistake
Robin Morgan’s first attempts to publish her poetry bore little fruit. When she accidentally dropped the ‘Ms.’ before her genderless name, Robin Morgan, she suddenly found publishers more responsive to her work.
5) Faith Ringgold: Defying an Editor’s Rejection
When you want to get your work out there, it is sometimes best to avoid relying on others who think they hold the keys to your success. Faith Ringgold self-published her autobiography by writing it, piece by piece, on her works of art.