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ISU Anderson Center to host poetry reading, workshop with V. Watlaufer at Art in Gender Conference

Posted February 13, 2012

The Idaho State University Anderson Gender Resource Center will host poet and doula V. Wetlaufer March 7 as part of this ninth annual Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference.

Wetlaufer will give a reading Wednesday at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite on the ISU campus. The event will be followed by a workshop and poster session the following day, Thursday March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, also in the Salmon River Suite. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wetlaufer, from Salt Lake City, is a doctoral fellow in English and creative writing at the University of Utah. She is the poetry editor for Quarterly West. Her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Main Street Rag, PANK Magazine, Word Riot and Bloom. Her chapbook "Scent of Shatter" was published in early 2010 by Grey Book Press.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Florida State University and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Bennington College in Vermont. Her manuscript "Call Me By My Other Name" was a finalist for the The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. She has read her work in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tallahassee, Fla., New York City and Washington, D.C. Her current work focuses on hybridity and the idea of queering gender and queering genre.

For the workshop, Wetlaufer has offered to review and provide constructive feedback to participants' samples of creative writing if submitted by Feb. 15. This is a unique opportunity for anybody who would like to have their work critiqued in order to improve as a writer. Writing samples should be sent to burlasa@isu.edu.

The ISU Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and gender roles shape and influence various aspects of our daily lives. The three-day conference hosts speakers, poster sessions, workshops, the ever popular short film festival LUNAFEST and much more. All events are free and open to the ISU community as well as the general public.

This year the conference will present a combination of local faculty and student presenters as well as guests from all over the country, including the keynote speaker Stephanie Coontz who will deliver a talk titled "The Unadulterated History of Marriage."    

For more information about this or other conference events, contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805 or visit www.isu.edu/andersoncenter for a full conference schedule.

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