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Anne Boleyn: Susan Bordo Assesses Fact Versus Fiction

In 1536, when King Henry VIII of England gave the order to execute his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, he sought to erase her not only from memory, but from history. Nevertheless, today – almost 500 years later – she continues to be one of the most famous women in European history.

Centuries after her death, the image of Anne Boleyn continues to stand the test of time, though not without some discrepancy on what that image actually looks like.… read more.

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Zines v Chapbooks: On Finding Yourself in a Collection

FF2 Guest Post by Pascale Potvin

Vehicles for individual expression continue to multiply. New technologies make additional options available — from blogs and vlogs to Instagram and TikTok– but the feel of actual paper-in-hand continues to hold its own in an increasingly disembodied universe of publications.… read more.

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Etel Adnan: Feeling the World Through Art & Writing

On this day in 2014, Etel Adnan released her book of poetry, Premonition. It explores the central idea that the intersection of life and art is the only sure thing in a world propelled by human unpredictability.

Premonition is a short, 64 page novel. During her career, which spanned over 50 years, Etel wrote in English, Arabic and French.read more.

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3 Books By Black Women That Reshaped My View on Poetry

FF2 Guest Post by Joycelyn Ghansah

Books have always been my comfort zone, but I’ve noticed that poetry was one area of literature that I rejected in the past. In my experience, the poetry we were required to read in high school was great, but it wasn’t made for me. So, I spent most of my time avoiding poetry until relatively recently.… read more.

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Judy Blume Makes a Career Out of Empathy

Today is Judy Blume’s birthday!

The beloved author of children’s and young adult novels has written over 30 books — which also include non-fiction and works for older adults — and earned over 90 literary awards throughout her prolific career. 

Judy wrote her first book, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, in 1969 when she was 31 years old.read more.

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Finding Faith and Magic with Bridget Talone’s ‘The Soft Life’

A sunset in Cheyenne Wyoming Last Chance Camp

The Soft Life book coverIn a dream, I am Bridget Talone. I have written The Soft Life — a book of poems that speaks for itself. I fold myself up into it, a letter to keep your page. I wake up.

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I love this book so much it hurts.

I read a poem. I’m overwhelmed. It is so good. There is so much goodness in it. It is exquisitely, painfully, good to read.… read more.

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