Editor’s note: This poem contains mature subject matter.
Rachel Wiley gave this powerful reading of How My Feminism Learned to Talk at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown for Poetry & Democracy, presented by the Dodge Poetry Program on March 23, 2019.
Wiley’s session, In Praise: A Hundred Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Earth, featured reflections on gratitude and our common humanity, by eight poets and the musical trio The Parkington Sisters.
Video: Rachel Wiley at ‘Poetry & Democracy’ in Morristown:
Here is more about the poet, from Dodge:
Rachel Wiley is a queer, biracial poet and performer from Columbus, Ohio where she somehow holds down a rather boring day job. She is an ardent and intersectional feminist and a fat positive activist. Rachel is a fellow and faculty member of the Pink Door Writing Retreat held each year in Rochester, New York for women and nonbinary writers of color. She has toured nationally performing at slam venues, colleges, and festivals. Her work has appeared on Upworthy, The Huffington Post, The Militant Baker, Everyday Feminism and PBS News Hour. Her first poetry collection, Fat Girl Finishing School, was published in 2014 by Timber Mouse Publishing. Her second collection, Nothing is Okay, was published in March 2018 by Button Poetry and spent some time as Amazon’s #1 Gay & Lesbian Poetry Collection.
Featured poets were Janet Aalfs, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Catherine Doty, Rigoberto González, Joe Weil, and Rachel Wiley.
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