Introduction to 20th c. Women Poets

Instructor:  Deborah Brown

Mondays, April 5 – May 3                                                                           10 AM – Noon


This five-week course is an introduction to the poetry of later-20th century women writers. We read and discuss poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, and possibly a younger contemporary writer or two, if time permits. The class focuses on the poets’ themes and on aspects of their craft. Copies of the poems to be discussed will be distributed by email before the first class.


Deborah Brown is UNH Professor Emeritus (English). Her book of poems, The Human Half  was published by BOA Editions in April, 2019. Her first book “Walking the Dog’s Shadow,” was a winner of the A. J. Poulin Jr. Award from BOA Editions and of a New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. The title poem of the collection was awarded a Pushcart Prize. She edited, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics. With Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, she translated the poems in Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli. She lives in Warner, NH.

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