NJ Poets Showcase Their Work in Women-Focused Lecture Series
The Hoboken Historical Museum continues its #NJWomenMakeHistory series with its seventh installment on Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m., online only, featuring six contemporary poets reading their work. The eight-part lecture series focuses on New Jersey women who have made history and celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
The series has previously covered Hoboken natives such as photographer Dorothea Lange and baseball player Maria Pepe. The series highlights the women who have marked the history of politics, finance, philanthropy, art, poetry and sport.
Guest speakers include authors and academics, as well as live participation from New Jersey women poets. This week’s episode will feature the works of six notable NJ poets. The line-up includes Tina Kelley, Talena Lachelle Queen, Joan Cusack Handler, Roxanne Hoffman, Paula Neves.
Tina Kelley’s book “Rise Wildly” was published in October and she also co-wrote “Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope” and shared a Pulitzer article covering September 11 to the New York Times. She is originally from Maplewood.
Talena Lachelle Queen is the Founder and President of Her Best Self, a non-profit organization that promotes leadership qualities in young women. Originally from Paterson, she specializes in music-infused poetry and her writing addresses social justice issues that impact the black community. Queen is also a martial artist, art lover, and gardener.
Joan Cusack Handler is a poet and memorialist who divides her time between Fort Lee and East Hampton, NY. She is also a clinical psychologist. His poems have received Boston Review awards and five Pushcart nominations and have published three books. Her fourth and most recent book, Orphans, is a verse memoir telling the stories of her Irish immigrant parents and her relationship with them.
Roxanne Hoffman runs the Poets Wear Prada literary press with Jack Cooper. His poem. “In Loving Memory”, illustrated by Edward Odwitt, was published as a chapbook in 2011. Their second collaboration, “The Little Entomologist”, was published in 2018.
Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Bronx Community College, City University of New York. She is the editor-in-chief of Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity and is currently working on First Spanish, which tells the story of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in the ’80s and’ 90s.
Paula Neves, originally from Newark, is a Portuguese-American writer, multimedia artist and recipient of the NJ Poets Prize 2020 from the Journal of NJ Poets. She is the author of the poetry book “Capricornucopia: The Dream of the Goats” and the co-author of the poetry / photography risography book Shirts & Skins with photographer Nick Kline. His work focuses on the themes of work, family, identity, (dis) placement, eco-justice, spirituality and aims to honor the immigrants who have sacrificed so much to build this nation.
You can reserve a place for the conference at https://bit.ly/NJWomenMakeHistory. The conferences are free to access.