Thursday, February 2, 2012

Call for Contributors: Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching

Chapters sought for:
Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching

Book Publisher: Pending [Proposal under consideration]

Contributors needed for book chapters on modern women poets and mythology, including the following topics:
The use of myth by modern women poets
Women poets and world creation
Myths most commonly appropriated by women poets and critical commentary as to why
Critical analyses of modern women poets utilizing myth in their work, including (but certainly not limited to) the following women poets:
C. J. Burns
Audre Lorde
Anne Sexton
Louise Gl├╝ck
Carol Ann Duffy
Margaret Atwood
Diane Wakoski
Hilda Doolittle (H. D.)
Joy Harjo
Judy Grahn
Lili Bita
Catherynne M. Valente
Olga Broumas
Other women poets working with aspects of mythology
Comparison/contrast of women poets whose work utilizes the same myths
The challenge of feminizing traditionally male mythological perspectives
Critical reflections on, and recommendations for, developing courses for/teaching mythology and poetry in the K-12/undergraduate/graduate/workshop levels
Critical reflection by women poets on their own creative work related to mythology
The challenge women poets face in re-visioning commonly understood myths
Other topics relevant to modern women poets and mythology

The above list is not exhaustive; prospective contributors are encouraged to be creative. The intent of this collection is to fuse, in the same volume, critical analysis with best practices for teaching topics related to modern women poets and mythology and critical reflection by women poets currently working with mythological structures.

No previously published, or simultaneously submitted material, please!

Editor Colleen S. Harris is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, author of three books of poetry, including The Kentucky Vein (Punkin House, 2011), These Terrible Sacraments (Bellowing Ark, 2010), and God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark, 2009), and co-editor of Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012). Her fourth book of poetry, Gonesongs, is forthcoming in 2013 from Bellowing Ark Press. Colleen holds an MFA degree in Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. Her poetry has appeared in The Louisville Review, Free Verse, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and others. Her work has been included in Library Journal, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (American Library Association, 2010), and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (All Things That Matter Press, 2009). Colleen works on the library faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Please send titles and abstracts for up to 3 topics for chapter topics you would like to contribute, as well as a 75-90 word author's bio. Please send in a .doc or .docx Word file attachment by April 30, 2012 using MYTH/your last name in the subject line to:

poetryandmyth(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). You will receive a confirmation response with guidelines if your topics haven't already been taken.

Contributors should plan for each chapter to be approximately 3000 words. The due date for completed chapters will be December 7, 2012. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.
(call also available here)

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