Poetry is super powerful. It can help, heal, and spark conversations. It is great for removing shame around sexual violence, and I hope this book does that. —Megan Peak
Dear Supporters and Friends of Perugia Press,
We are already reading manuscripts from across the country for next year’s Perugia Press Prize. It’s always exciting to read what women poets are writing each year!
The 2018 Perugia Press Prize winner, Girldom, was just released on September 15. This first book by Texas poet Megan Peak couldn’t be more relevant in today’s political and cultural climate, and it has been especially moving to see how audiences react to Megan’s poetry. One professor taught poems from the book in advance of Megan’s visit, and she said, “I had the best in-class discussion I’ve ever had about poetry … Megan’s work is life changing. Thanks for putting it out in the world.”
At another event, Megan was asked how she feels about the book being called a #MeToo collection. “I’ve gotten Facebook and Twitter messages from people reaching out to share their experiences with trauma,” she said. “Poetry is super powerful. It can help, heal, and spark conversations. It is great for removing shame around sexual violence, and I hope this book does that.”
Please help us get Girldom, and all the Perugia Press books, into the hands of readers far and wide. For gifts of $100 or more, we will send you a copy of Girldom (or, if you prefer, we’ll donate the book to a library or school of your choice). Thank you for reading our books, using them in your classrooms, volunteering with the press, submitting your manuscripts, attending Perugia Press events, and of course, donating money so we can keep pursuing our mission.
Rebecca Olander, Editor/Director
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Left: Megan Peak reading at Iconica Social Club in Northampton; Middle: Perugia Editor/Director Rebecca Olander, poet Megan Peak, Poetry Center Director Matt Donovan, and Poetry Center Administrative Assistant Jennifer Blackburn at Smith College; Right: Megan Peak signing a copy of Girldom for a student at Westfield State University.