Left Coast Writers®: Marianne Betterly, Judy Bebelaar, Sandra Gilbert & More - The Widows' Handbook

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Widows’ Handbook is a collection of poetry from 87 American women of all ages, legally married or not, straight and gay, whose partners or spouses have died. Some of the poets are already published widely including more than a dozen prizewinners, four Pushcart nominees, and two regional poets laureate. Others are not as well known, and some appear in print for the first time here. With courage and wry humor, these women encounter insidious depression, poignant memories, bureaucratic nonsense, unfamiliar hardware, well-intentioned but thoughtless remarks, demanding work, spiritual revelation, and unexpected lust, navigating new relationships in the uncertain legacy of sexual liberation. They write frankly about being paralyzed and about going forward. Their poems are honest, beautiful, and accessible.

Readers will include (but are not limited to):

Marianne Betterly's poetry has been published widely in books and journals including the Hot Flashes series, “The Green Silk Journal,” and “The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.” Marianne is the book designer of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down.

Judy Bebelaar co-hosts a reading series with the Bay Area Writing Project. Judy’s award-winning poetry has been published widely and she is author of the forthcoming book, Walking Across The Pacific, her first poetry publication.

Sandra M. Gilbert, Distinguished Professor of of English Emerita at the University of California, Davis, is the author of eight collections of poetry.

Kristine Forbes, Mary Curtis and Jackie Kudler will also be reading poetry selections.


The Widows' Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival (Literature and Medicine #19) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Lapidus (Editor), Lise Menn (Editor), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781606352045
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kent State University Press - February 14th, 2014

Widows convey their feelings and survival strategies in this compelling anthology