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Susan Eisenberg Poetry Reading

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Susan Eisenberg Poetry Reading
Saturday, April 13
2:00 pm
On Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Marc Jacobs Reading Room, poet Susan Eisenberg will read from Stanley’s Girl, her fifth poetry collection—mixing in a bit of oral history from We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (nonfiction, NYT Notable Book) and some digital media from her online exhibition, On Equal Terms (https://onequalter.ms).

The fiercely lyrical poetry of Stanley’s Girl is rooted in Susan Eisenberg’s experience as one of the first women to enter the construction industry and from her decades gathering accounts of others to give scaffolding to that history. Eisenberg charts her own induction into the construction workplace culture and how tradeswomen from across the country grappled with what was required to become a team player and succeed in a dangerous workplace where women were unwelcome. The specifics of construction become metaphor as she explores resonances in other spheres—from family to other social and political issues—where violence, or its threat, maintains order. Prying open memory, her poems investigate how systems of discrimination, domination, and exclusion are maintained and how individuals and institutions accommodate to injustice and its agreed-on lies, including her own collusion. Poems in this collection probe workplace-linked suicide, sexual assault, and sometimes-fatal intentional accidents, as well as the role of bystander silence and the responsibility of witness.

A poet, visual artist, and oral historian Eisenberg works within and across genres, playing with scale and juxtaposition to investigate issues of power and social policy. Among the first women in the country to become a licensed union electrician, she’s documented tradeswomen’s stories for four decades, and uses that lens to explore how systems of discrimination and exclusion tick. Her work has been awarded special project grants from Mass Humanities, the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan award, and three residencies at Hedgebrook. As a Resident Artist/Scholar at Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, she directs the On Equal Terms Project. She has read her poetry while giving talks at the International Labour Organization in Geneva and the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. To learn more, visit: http://susaneisenberg.com/


April 13
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Provincetown Public Library: Marc Jacobs Reading Room
356 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657 United States
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