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Fettuccine Forum: Verse Serves: Writing Victoria Woodhull Back into History
This combination discussion/poetry reading will consider one of America’s most controversial suffragists, Victoria Claflin Woodhull, while also giving voice to individuals in her immediate circle. Woodhull was the first woman to address Congress and the first woman to run for U.S. president, with abolitionist Frederick Douglass as presumptive running mate. Despite her rich legacy, and likely due to her perceived threats to the established social order, Woodhull remains curiously absent from mainstream historical narratives. Following the grand meander of Woodhull’s tale, this talk uncovers her history—redressing erasure, to earth-tongue her future.

Speaker: Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016). In 2018 she won the Idaho Governor’s Arts Award in Excellence. She teaches literature and creative writing and co-directs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies at the College of Idaho. Her seventh book, Run: A Verse-History of Victoria Woodhull, will be published as part of a triptych titled Trio (Etruscan Press 2021).

Apr 1, 2021 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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