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Nasty Woman Show

Macri_NastyWoman_ShowCard.jpgMy next event takes me back to Henderson State University, where the Nasty Woman Show opens Wednesday, March 1.

Like many, I’ve found myself upset by recent turns of events. Make no mistake, I’m no snowflake. But I find myself marginalized, as a woman, as part of a community dedicated to public schools and higher ed, as the descendant of once-villifed immigrant and religious groups, really there seems to be no end to the way this administration works to target different groups in order to stoke the fire of an Us-versus-The Other environment. I find myself remembering things I worked to forget because a man who shrugged off his comments about sexual assault, who had rallies where people chanted that a female candidate was a bi**h, has been chosen to lead our country. I know good people who voted in support of this kind of man. What does that mean?

I haven’t figured out the answer, but I know this. When I was growing up, I was afraid. I thought those demons were gone. Obviously, they aren’t. But as one of my friends reminded me, I’m not that girl anymore. As a woman, I will find ways to face fear, not with fight or flight, but through faith rooted in the Spirit. And part of that is art.

The Nasty Woman show will showcase the work of 32 female artists in different mediums. Some of my poems have been framed to be displayed in the mix, and I’ll be reading some poems at the opening reception as well. The team at HSU including Kathy Strause and Margo Duvall has brought together this celebration of women’s voices to help mark Women’s History Month. Everyone is welcome to view the show in the Russell Fine Arts Gallery during March, weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and to come to the reception this Wednesday, March 1, 2-4 p.m.

Let this encourage us.

Henderson State University

The second event in celebration of Underwater Panther this fall is tomorrow at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

Kathy Strause 095.jpgWhen my book went into production, my editor Susan Swartwout gave me the chance to choose the image for the cover, and I immediately thought of the work of my former colleague Katherine Strause. Kathy invited me to look through her pieces to see what we might use, and in time we settled on Bow and Arrow. I’ve come to realize, in part as I reflected on what drew me to this piece, that this book is the story of a woman taking aim.

Kathy and I wanted to keep the good stuff going, so last winter, I sent her the first poem from each section of the book as well as its first poem, and her painting students used them as inspiration for six pieces.

So Kathy is going to display those paintings, and I’m going to share those poems. She will display bring some of her own paintings as well, as will another artist Tricia Baar, who will share her paintings and poetry.

With thanks to another artist Marck Beggs and the HSU Ellis College Margin of Excellence, this Poetry & Painting Coffeehouse will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, on the Arkansas Hall Main Stage.