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Call for Papers: Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching

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Call for Papers: Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching
Book Publisher: Pending [Proposal under consideration]

Contributors needed for book chapters on modern women poets and mythology, including the following topics:

The use of myth by modern women poets

Myths most commonly appropriated by women poets and critical commentary as to why

Critical analyses of modern women poets utilizing myth in their work, including (but certainly not limited to) the following women poets:

Olga Broumas
C. J. Burns
Audre Lorde
Anne Sexton
Louise Glück
Carol Ann Duffy
Margaret Atwood
Diane Wakoski
Hilda Doolittle (H. D.)
Joy Harjo
Judy Grahn
Lili Bita
Catherynne M. Valente

Other women poets working with aspects of mythology

Comparison/contrast of women poets whose work utilizes the same myths

The challenge of feminizing traditionally male mythological perspectives

Critical reflections on, and recommendations for, developing courses for/teaching mythology and poetry in the K-12/undergraduate/graduate/workshop levels

Critical reflection by women poets on their own creative work related to mythology

The challenge women poets face in re-visioning commonly understood myths

Other topics relevant to modern women poets and mythology

The above list is not exhaustive; prospective contributors are encouraged to be creative. The intent of this collection is to fuse, in the same volume, critical analysis with best practices for teaching topics related to modern women poets and mythology.

No previously published, or simultaneously submitted material.

Editor Colleen S. Harris is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, author of three books of poetry, including The Kentucky Vein (Punkin House, 2011), These Terrible Sacraments (Bellowing Ark, 2010), and God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark, 2009), and co-editor of Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012). Her fourth book of poetry, Gonesongs, is forthcoming in 2013 from Bellowing Ark Press. Colleen holds an MFA degree in Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. Her poetry has appeared in The Louisville Review, Free Verse, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and others. Her work has been included in Library Journal, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (American Library Association, 2010), and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (All Things That Matter Press, 2009).

Submission Guidelines:

Please send titles and abstracts for up to 3 topics for chapter topics you would like to contribute, as well as a 75-90 word author's bio. Please send in a .doc or .docx Word file attachment by April 30 using MYTH/your last name in the subject line to poetryandmyth@gmail.com . You will receive a confirmation response with guidelines if your topics haven't already been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of approximately 3000-3500 words for each chapter. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.


Jessica DeVoe Riley, MS, is a special educator in rural California. Her writing has won the South West Writers competition and is published in Thema and Marginalia. She currently writes for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Reality 101 blog for new teachers. You can reach her through her personal blog, All Rileyed Up, or follow her on Twitter.


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