Unheard Verse: Finding Early American Women's Poetry

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Kaitlin Tonti/Society of Early Americanists
contact email: 

Panel CFP for Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference, March 3-7, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia

Unheard Verse: Finding Early American Women’s Poetry” seeks papers that consider the work of understudied or underappreciated early American women’s poetry. As a genre, poetry was one of the few written outlets where women’s voices were heard. Hence, this panel is dedicated to how women preserved colonial and Revolutionary history through their poetry. Furthermore, to what extent does women’s poetry contribute to a larger mythology surrounding the founding moment and its participants. Other approaches might consider where early women’s poetry is found, and how it is analyzed when found in unique spaces such as in the margins of letters, on the backs of written recipes, or even jotted down on envelopes. Panelists are encouraged to consider both published and unpublished poetry. Panelists may also consider poetry that was anonymous at the time of publication but later revealed as written by a woman. Papers are opened to the analysis of a single poem/and or poet, or a variety of poems written by one or several individuals.

Please send 300-word abstracts to Kaitlin Tonti at ktonti2@gmail.com