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The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America

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April 6, 2022: 7:00 pm

Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience.

About the Presenters

Diana Whitney’s edited work, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, ranges across intersectional, intergenerational, and gender-fluid voices.

In GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, Shanta Lee Gander navigates between formal and vernacular styles to examine butterflies and female sexuality, vulnerability, classical Greek myths, and more.

Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar.


Middlebury College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities

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April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
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Starr LaTronica
(802) 254-5290


Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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