Women Writing Resistance through Poetry
Pen to Print brings you the following event in support of Women’s Empowerment Month 2022
About this event
Founding Director of Exiled Writers Ink, Dr Jennifer Langer will be joined by Elena Croitoru, Catherine Davidson and Anba Jawi as they provide different perspectives on contemporary poetry through the lens of place and conflict. Readings will be followed by a panel discussion about how poets can write about resistance.
The workshop explores and discusses diverse perspectives of women’s resistance based on three recently published poetry collections:
- The Country With No Playgrounds
- The Search
- The Utopians of Tahrir Square
Exiled Writers Ink, founded in 2000, brings together established and developing writers from repressive regimes and war-torn situations and it equally embraces migrants and exiles. Exiled Writers Ink develops and promotes the creative literary expression of refugees, migrants and exiles, increases their representation in the mainstream literary world and advocates human rights through literature and literary activism.
Please note this session will be recorded and will be available for you to view later and shared online.
Jennifer Langer’s powerful newly published debut poetry collection is The Search (Victorina Press). Jennifer is the founding director of Exiled Writers Ink. The organisation develops and promotes the creative literary expression of refugees and migrants and challenges the abuse of human rights through literary activism.
Jennifer is the editor of four anthologies of exiled literature, Five Leaves, as well as lead editor of Resistance: Voices of Exiled Writers (Palewell Press) and an Exiled Ink Magazine Editor. She holds a doctorate in Cultural Memory from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and is a SOAS Research Associate.
Elena Croitoru is a British-Romanian writer and she has an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She won the Charles Causley Poetry Prize, the South Bank Poetry Prize and placed in/was a finalist for prizes such as the Michael Marks Greek Bicentennial Pamphlet Prize, Bridport Prize & other awards.
Elena’s first poetry chapbook won the Live Canon Pamphlet prize and was published in 2021. Her first novel was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Prize – Best Unpublished Novel.
Catherine Temma Davidson is an American living in London and a dual UK/US citizen. Her novel based on stories about her Greek mother and grandmother, The Priest Fainted, was a New York and LA Times notable book of the year.
Catherine is an award-winning poet with two pamphlets published in the UK. She teaches Creative Writing at Regent’s University and is a former chair of Exiled Writers Ink. Her novel about apricot jam, genocide and memory, The Orchard, was published by Gemma Media in 2018.
Born in Baghdad, Anba Jawi studied Geology at the University of Baghdad – one of a generation of pioneering women geologists in Iraq. She gained her PhD from UCL London. She worked in the refugee sector for more than 20 years and was honoured with an MBE on the Queen’s birthday list in 2004 for her services.
Anba writes and publishes in Arabic and English. A chapter from her novel The Silver Engraver was included in the TLC Free Reads Anthology 2019 and two chapters were produced in a chapbook published by Exiled Writers Ink in 2021.
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