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Soon to be released!

HER MARK 2007 Calendar from Woman Made Gallery
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Copies can be ordered after October 8 — a great gift to yourself, family and friends–a calendar and datebook filled with visual art and poetry by women artists.
Sunday, October 8, 2006 – 2-4pm – Free
Her Mark 2007 Release Party
Poetry reading by some of the women from the Her Mark 2007 calendar; exhibition of select work plus calendars will be available for sale.

Thank you to the jurors, Kymberly Pinder, Ginny Sykes and Beate Minkovski for making the selections for the Her Mark art entries. The following 21 artists will each have one work in the 2007 edition:

Visual Artists : Tai Lei Apolinski, Lauren Simkin Berke, Kristina Bogdanov, Anne Canfield, Eunwoo Cho, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Frances Ferdinands, Beatrice Fisher, Naomi Grossman, Melissa T. Hall, Virginia José, Cristina Longo, Jayne P. Lunz, Jane Maxwell, Jeanette Martone, Joetta Maue, Cella Neapolitan, Lisa Merida-Paytes, Lidia Simeonova and Marilyn Avery Turner.

Thanks to the jurors, Lisa Alvarado, Pamela Miller and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai for making the selections for the Her Mark poetry entries.

Here are Pamela Miller’s observations: Jurying a poetry competition is always a great refresher course in what separates a truly exceptional poem from the good, the very good and the close-but-no-cigar. I looked for poems that communicated women’s experience with clarity and sharply focused precision, with rich texture and vivid detail, with sure-footed imagery and a contagious joy in the power of words.

Above all, I looked for poems that moved me, made me laugh or struck me with their strangeness–poems with the power to catalyze the reader rather than just sitting there prettily like a vase of flowers. And oh, did I find them in this year’s entries, again and again! If only there were many more than 12 months in a year so that there would be room for every single one of the extraordinary poems that deserved to be included in Her Mark 2007. -Pamela Miller

Poetry juror Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai wrote the following statement: Over the last few weeks, I have been blessed with the opportunity to read, experience, and absorb over 240 poems from women across the country who chose to boldly reveal their stories with courage, conviction, and pride. Their stories span the earth from the most intimate portraits of garden flower petals to the horrific violence of Hurricane Katrina. They draw from the rich roots and textures of our various cultures that survive in direct opposition to domination, hierarchy, and isolation.

In these poems, I re-discovered the passion that we, as women, bring to our families and communities, our responsibilities and freedoms. Reading each poem, I was renewed with the sense of why this work is so important. We write to communicate with our own hearts, to commemorate people and places that have slipped from our grasps, to explode our own sense of what is possible, to re-write what lays before us.

My deepest hope is that as you jump into these pages that you too can sit with the humanity that so clearly presents itself with every image and every stanza break. Thank you for entering into this challenge to carve new space for ourselves by listening thoroughly to our own hearts and those that inhabit this earth with us. My only regret is that we do not have enough pages to publish all of the positive effort that these women have dared to put forth into the world. -Peace and blessings, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Congratulations to the following 21 poets who will each have one poem in the Her Mark 2007 edition:

Poets : Tamiko Beyer, Maureen Tolman Flannery, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Claudia Van Gerven, Lucia Galloway, Penny Hackett-Evans, Irene D. Hays, Luisa A. Igloria, Allison Joseph, Jane Knechtel, Kathy Kubik, Ellen LaFleche, Laura LeHew, Natalie Olsen, Susan Richardson, Purvi Shah, Bonnie Summers, Valerie Martt Wallace, Jennifer Weigel, Sarah Zale and Andrena Zawinski.

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