a force field of women poets

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 14 2012

This just in:

Coming in April 2013, National Poetry Month,
from Mother Tongue Publishing
the first anthology of BC women poets in thirty-four years!

FORCE FIELD-75 women poets of British Columbia
Edited by Susan Musgrave

Not since Dorothy Livesay’s ‘Women’s Eye, 12 B.C. Women Poets’- AIR Press, in 1974, and ‘D’Sonoqua, An Anthology of Women Poets of British Columbia’, edited by Ingrid Klassen-Intermedia Press in 1979, has there been an anthology of contemporary B.C. women poets.

Gathering is an art that women do well, and as Jean Mallinson stated in her introduction to D’Sonoqua, “Anthologies are a sign of vitality.” In FORCE FIELD we gather together seventy-five women poets who currently live and write in British Columbia so readers can more easily share, study and take pleasure in the range and vitality of women’s poetry today. It is an extensive and flourishing community that owes a debt to many early women poets, such as P.K. Page, Dorothy Livesay, Anne Marriot, Phyllis Webb, Rona Murray, Skyros Bruce, Gwladys V. Downes, Pat Lowther, Helene Rosenthal, Nellie McClung, and Elizabeth Gourlay. Women who forged the way for poetry in mid-century B.C., between working and mothering, struggling, transforming and creating. FORCE FIELD is a strong celebration of women’s voices, from emerging to established. FORCE FIELD is not a definitive, but a wellspring.

Each poet has four pages of work. Four of my poems will be in it.

  • found at the bottom of the suitcase
  • to my sweet:bitter muse
  • Andy Warhol
  • beware of dog

POETS included are;
Maleea Acker, Joanne Arnott, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Jacqueline Baldwin, Michelle Barker, Rhonda Batchelor, Yvonne Blomer, Leanne Boschman, Fran Bourassa, Marilyn Bowering, Kate Braid, Connie Braun, Margo Button, Anne Cameron, Marlene Cookshaw, Judith Copithorne, Susan Cormier, Lorna Crozier, Jen Currin, Daniela Elza, Cathy Ford, Carla Funk, Maxine Gadd, Rhonda Ganz, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Heidi Garnett, Lakshmi Gill, Kim Goldberg, Alisa Gordaneer, Heidi Greco, Karen Hofmann, Leah Horlick, Diana Hartog, Heather Haley, Joelene Heathcote, Diana Hayes, Aislinn Hunter, Elena E. Johnson, Eve Joseph, Donna Kane, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Zoe Landale, Larissa Lai, Evelyn Lau, Julia Leggett, Angela Long, Christine Lowther, Sandra Lynxleg, Rhona McAdam, Susan McCaslin, Hannah Main-van der Kamp, Daphne Marlatt, Jessica Michalofsky, Jane Munro, Catherine Owen, Shauna Paull, Miranda Pearson, Meredith Quartermain, Rebekah Rempel, Linda Rogers, Rachel Rose, Laisha Rosnau, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Sandy Shreve, Melanie Siebert, Susan Stenson, Cathy Stonehouse, Sharon Thesen, Betsy Warland, Gillian Wigmore, Ursula Vaira, Rita Wong, Onjana Yawnghwe, Patricia Young, Jan Zwicky

Due: April 2013
400 pages
ISBN 978-1-896949-25-3
$32.95 aprox
Mother Tongue Publishing

2 Responses to “a force field of women poets”

  1. Hendrik Slegtenhorst Says:

    I met Livesay. And was involved in conferring a doctorate on her.

    If you’d structure your blog pages so that they could be “liked” and advanced through social media, it’d be simpler to promote publications such as these.

    Regards, HS

  2. Daniela Elza Says:

    Hi Hendrik, Good to hear from you.

    I will friend you on FB.
    I post most announcements there as well. But have not optimized for super efficiency here yet.