On 20 July 2021, exactly one year after the first event was scheduled to take place at The Poetry Café, Nina Mingya Powles and Bridget Minamore brought the spirits of dead women poets Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Margaret Walker into the homes of séance fans across the globe.
Nina shared her zine, Seams : Traces, and spoke about Cha's life, death, and novel Dictée and art, and how Cha's work had influenced her. Then Bridget shared her response to Walker's work, reading the long poem'For My People' and her own Golden Shovel after it. And finally, we rounded off with perhaps our highest quality open mic yet, featuring Sue Burge, Nina Reljic, Gemma Collins, Ruth Yates, Suzanne Iuppa, Gita Ralleigh and Marina Lathouraki, and all the dead women poets they resurrected from Elizabeth Bishop to Eavan Boland.
One of the nice things about online events is that we can share them afterwards, and we're really pleased to say that you can now watch an edited version of the event here and below. Enjoy (re-)meeting Cha and Walker, and read both Nina and Bridget's creative responses here.