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A Global Celebration of Women's Voices

  • Friday, March 08, 2024
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, March 08, 2024, 9:00 AM 10:30 AM (EST)
  • Friday, March 08, 2024, 11:00 AM 2:00 PM (EST)
  • Friday, March 08, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
  • via Zoom


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Free Write: Women's voices from around the world - perspectives on the fight for women's rights - 9 AM ET

Wanjira Gakuru Muthoni is a creative writer from Kenya, a member of the International Women Writing Guild and Creative Writers Association of Kenya, among others. She studied Literature and Gender in Kenya and France where she obtained a PhD in African and Caribbean Literature in French, specialising in Francophone Women Writers. Wanjira taught African and Caribbean Literature in French at Kenyatta University in the 1980s-90s before going into humanitarian work. This took her to Humanitarian settings in Haiti, Central Africa (Burundi and DRC) and West Africa where her skills in education and gender enabled her to reach out to, and speak on behalf of, girls and boys from disadvantaged circumstances such as orphans, children victims of war, and those living with disabilities, all of whom are usually in dire need of access to education and other children’s human rights. -------

Poetry Workshop: A Sense of Wonder with Carmen Bugan ($99) - 11AM ET

The sense of wonder animates poetry from all the languages and cultures but the expressions of it vary across languages. In this workshop we look at several English translations of poems on the theme of wonder and write our own translations. We will work with poems from Italian (Eugenio Montale), French (Jacques Prevert), and Romanian (Ana Blandiana). Inspired by the exercise in translation, participants will write their own poems on wonder.

Carmen Bugan's most recent books are the collection of poems Time Being (Shearsman, 2022), and the book of essays Poetry and the Language of Oppression: Essays on Politics and Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2021). Her prize-winning memoir, Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (Picador, 2012), was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and her new and selected poems, Lilies from America (Shearsman, 2019), was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She teaches literature and creative writing at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Global OPEN MIC - Friday, March 08, 2024 3:00 PM, ET 

On International Women's Day, IWWG invites you to join a powerful gathering of women writers from around the world. The final Open Mic will be moderated by Lisa St. John and open with our featured reader  Amy Shimshon-Santo  - followed by an Open Mic session for all women writers around the world. 

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer, teacher, and culture maker who believes that creativity is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation. Her creative and community work nourish inclusive cultural ecologies for planetary justice.

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