About Dead [Women] Poets Society
Resurrecting Dead [Women] Poets since 2015
slovenly needlewomen, (all
our sewing came apart), dancers,
players upon pipes: we have been
the queens of the whole world!
- Marina Tsvetaeva, 'We Shall Not Escape Hell' (tr. Elaine Feinstein)
Who are the Dead Women Poets? How dead are they? And what is our relationship to them, as contemporary women, poets, artists, ‘queens of the whole world’?
Since 2015, we've been resurrecting women poets of the past. In live events (which we call séances) and online, we aim to highlight women's astonishing but too-often forgotten literary heritage, and open up conversations between living writers and their great-great-grandmothers. Poets such as Rachel Long, Helen Mort, Caroline Bird and Warda Yassin have communed with Audre Lorde, Sarah Kane, Anna Wickham, Lucille Clifton and more, reading their poems to a candle-lit audience and reflecting on how their chosen Dead Women Poets have influenced them. Our events usually feature an open mic section, where audience members can resurrect a Dead Woman Poet of their choice, too.
On our website, you can explore our archive of living women poets we've featured in past events, beautifully illustrated by our artist Lily Arnold. Visit her website to see more of her incredible work. We also make zines, commission new work by poets inspired by writers of the past, and get involved in lots of other ghoulish stuff, like guest-editing Modern Poetry in Translation (Autumn 2020).
We're an open collective who love to collaborate. If you have a project you think we could be involved in, or would like to host us for one of our regular events, send us a message.
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