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Shakespeare's Sisters

Five Centuries Of Poetry By Women

A free ten-week seminar for selected students in grades 10-12 meeting on Wednesdays from 4-6pm beginning on January 7 and ending March 11, 2015.


Participants in this seminar will read and discuss selected poems by British and American women poets from the mid-sixteenth century to the present, and will write poetry of their own. No experience in writing poetry is necessary. The seminar will also look at some poetry written by men about women in order to see more clearly how perspectives can differ.


All students in grades 10-12 in the DC metropolitan area are eligible for the program. Students with an interest in creative writing or gender studies are particularly encouraged to apply.



EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by Friday,

December 5, 2014


The Folger Shakespeare Library is eager to assemble a group of students genuinely interested in working with people from a wide variety of educational and cultural backgrounds in an atmosphere of mutual respect. There is no cost for the program, and all books and materials are provided free of charge. Additionally, participants will be invited to a variety of poetry readings at the Folger Shakespeare Library during the seminar.


Teri Cross Davis poetry and lectures coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Kim Roberts , poet and editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly,  lead the seminar.


January 7
Poetry About Women: The Male Tradition in the Renaissance with Petrarch, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne


January 14
Early Women Writers of the Renaissance: Queen Elizabeth, Isabella Whitney & Aemilia Lanier


January 21
Women Writers of the 16th and 17th Century-Lady Mary Wroth, Katherine Philips & Mary Sidney Herbert.


January 28

A Royal Treat: Rare Books & Manuscripts from the Folger Shakespeare Library's Vault


February 4

Pioneers in a New World: The 17th Century to Early 19th Century in America


February 11
New Forms & New Ideas: The 19th Century in America & England


February 18

Public & Private Bohemians: 20th Century in America


February 25

Pioneers and Revolutionaries: Later 20th Century Voices


March 4
Contemporary Sisters Speak Out


March 11

Student Publication, Poetry Reading & Party


To Apply
Please complete the application form and recommendation form available for download in the column at right.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by * new date* Friday, December 5, 2014.  All applicants will be notified of their status by December 19, 2014.


For more information, contact Folger Poetry at

(202) 675-0374.

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