I’m a CantoMundo 2013 Fellow. My debut poetry collection SOLECISM dropped in March 2013 (Virtual Artists’ Collective). I was a Leopold Schepp Scholar at NYU, a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan and a Horace Goldsmith Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, my plays have been produced in New York City, Washington, DC, and Toronto. I also write the series “On 7 Train Love” for the blog of Sundog Lit. My influences mostly come from the spaces I’ve inhabited: U.S.-Mexican border town culture, both East and West Jerusalem and New York City. Coming from mixed roots, I’m interested in diversity of women’s voices, particularly those who inhabited spaces that challenge stability and certainty. I’ve drawn to the idea of adaptation, which calls for imagination and invention. Above all else, I want to create a space in which women can candidly converse, write and resonate the experiences and stories within them. Find me at Rosebudbenoni.com.
I’m a poet, writer, educator, and Cave Canem fellow. I received my MFA from UMass, Amherst, and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. A native New Yorker, now living in Oakland, CA, I’m interested in creating work that explores the interior landscape of women in extreme circumstances. The author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, as well as the full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved, my debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award. It feels excellent to bring forth more poetry into the world and to be a part of VIDA and an editor for HER KIND. I hope this blog will spark something in us individually and collectively. In an interview for The Atlantic, Alice Walker stated that “until women can lift their voices, take their rightful place, I don’t think we’re going to shift very much,” and I imagine HER KIND as the spot-to-be in that “rightful place.” arisawhite.com
Emily Gordon is a poet living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Suffolk University, and is currently working towards her M.F.A. in Poetry from Lesley University.