Sunday, December 4, 2016
Poetry Monday: Women of Words
People like Janette Hoppe and her Papatuanuku Press provide literary activism of the best kind. The not-for-profit press exists to provide support for indigenous writers, for making silence and pain heard, and as a catalyst for healing. The press has done all sorts of powerful activities this year including Poetry Bombs, Free Art Fridays, Books on the Rails, and the Women of Words poetry happenings to name a few. I was lucky enough to participate in Women of Words, and I have to say that the five events were managed superbly, engaging a large number of local poets (boy do we have some talent in this area), and raising over $700 for the Hunter Women’s Centre and the White Ribbon Organisation, both great causes. But wait, there’s more. One of the outputs from those events was a print book called Women of Words: eat, stray’d, love, a collection of poetry. The cost of the book is $20, with the profits split equally (and entirely) between The Hunter Women’s Centre and the White Ribbon Organisation. If you’re looking for a unique, ethical present for someone, this might well be it. To order a copy, just Paypal $20 to Janette Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her Facebook page and send a direct message if you have questions or special instructions for sending.