Literature Program

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

$8 general / $4 students

Earth's Daughters presents

Gray Hair Reading Series, Season 6: An Evening with Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin A special Monday evening event celebrating Earth's Daughters 40th anniversary.

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her new collection of poems about poets, Poets, (Mostly) Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially the Lies was published by World Parade in 2011 and Tsunami As History will be forthcoming from Blue Heron Press in 2012. Lifshin received the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It's Light (Black Sparrow Press, 2000). Also from Black Sparrow Press are her books of poems, Cold Comfort (1997) and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me (October 2006).

Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary and many cultural magazines in the U.S.A., including The American Scholar, Christian Science Monitor, Ploughshares, nthWORD, Rolling Stone, and numerous times in Earth's Daughters magazine. Her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. Lyn Lifshin has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards, including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. Other writing awards and grants: Harcourt Brace Scholarship to Boulder Writer’s Conference Poetry Prize at Boulder Writer’s conference, Hart Crane Award; San Jose Bicentennial Poetry Award; New York State CAPS grant; Yaddo fellowships, 1970, 71, 75, 79, 80; Mac Dowell fellowship; Millay Colony; Bread Loaf Scholarship; Ms Magazine choice for Poetry Reading at Joseph Papp Theater; Ms Magazine Choice of one of the 60 best books for 1978 for Tangled Vines; Centennial Magazine’s Political Poetry prize; Madeline Sadin Award; Footwork Award; Bring Back the Stars; Esttersceffler Award; Writer’s Digest Award for best writing on writing.

For her absolute dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for managing to survive on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution, Lifshin has earned the distinction "Queen of the Small Presses." She has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey and Richard Eberhart, and Ed Sanders has seen her as "a modern Emily Dickinson."

The San Francisco Review of Books said, "Lifshin is here to stay. For men, she’s sexy. For women, she’s an archetype of gutsy independence. As a poet, she’s nobody but herself. Frighteningly prolific and utterly intense. One of a kind." Other books by Lifshin include A New Film About a Woman in Love with the Dead (March Street Press), Nutley Pond from Goose River Press, Lost in the Fog from Finishing Line Press, and Persephone from Red Hen. Texas Review Press published her poems about the famous, short-lived, beautiful race horse, Ruffian: The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. Other titles include Marilyn Monroe, When a Cat Dies, Another Woman's Story, Barbie Poems, The Daughter I Don't Have, What Matters Most, and Blue Tattoo.

Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its 40th year.

For this special event, admission by donation in support of Earth's Daughters and Hallwalls is $8 to the general public and $4 for students. A booksigning, with selected Lifshin books for sale from Talking Leaves…Bookstore, will follow. This event is curated and hosted by ryki zuckerman.