On Sunday, we presented Part 1 of WVFC’s Holiday Gift List, featuring authors of fiction and nonfiction. But poetry has been beloved at Women’s Voices for Change from the beginning. Our Voices in Verse archives begin in 2007 — with a congratulations for Elizabeth Alexander, whose voice we all heard last year on Inauguration Day. The list below includes Alexander and a few other poets we’ve featured over the years, as well as those in our 2010 Poetry Fridays who’ve released a book in the last year or so (all in alphabetical order). Whatever your poetic tastes, you’re likely to find it somewhere on this list. And when you buy and give these books, you’ll be helping us thank their creators yet again for being such an important part of  the WVFC community.

Millicent Borges Accardi is a relatively recent member of the Poetry Friday family, but you’ve seen her throughout the year, on the WVFC site, our Facebook page, and in our Twitter stream. Many, though not all, of the poems we featured this year are from her collection Woman on a Shaky Bridge.


Long ago, Diane Ackerman was a rebel in the poetry world: only one reason we were thrilled and honored to have her at WVFC. Her most recent book is Dancing With Cranes And Other Ways to Start The Day.

When we last saw Elizabeth Alexander, she had just written that inauguration poem, Praise Song for the Day. That poem is now included, with many others, in her recent retrospective collection from Graywolf Press, Crave Radiance.



Many first learned of Rae Armantrout, 62, when she won last year’s Pulitzer Prize. Learn more  from the collection that won the award: Versed.

Last month, WVFC brought you  Christine Gelineau‘s hypnotic “Time Is The Flame.” That poem’s only part of her new, multi-part opus, Appetite for the Divine.

The latest book of one of our most faithful Voices in Verse, Susan Kinsolving, is The White Eyelash. Ava Leavell Haymon‘s 2010 treat, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread, fits the holiday…sort of.

We at WVFC were privileged to offer a preview of Patricia Spears Jones‘ new book, Painkiller.

Our October of Poetry Fridays was a gift from Molly Peacock, whose latest c0llection is The Second Blush. But hot off the presses is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72.

Lucia Perillo’s brand-new collection, Inseminating the Elephant, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

We were also gifted with a season by our own Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan. Catch up with her by reading her flagship collection, The Best of It.

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  • Bernie June 11, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Excellent list of poetry books, thanks 🙂

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