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Some thoughts on Julie R. Enszer’s new collection of poems, Handmade Love   Leave a comment

Last Thursday, April 1st, I interviewed my friend Julie R. Enszer, on Woman-Stirred Radio. We talked about her sweet (as in very cool) new book, Handmade Love, published this year by A Midsummer Nights Press.

I first met Julie through the Woman-Stirred blog and over the years I have come to respect and love her brilliance, her poetry, her essays, and ability to multitask like no one I’ve ever known!

Handmade Love is a precious book. Taken as a whole, it is a compelling narrative of life in what I identify as post-Stonewall post-feminist America. Julie’s voice is both lyrical and direct; her eye keenly tuned, compassionately turned inward and outward, both at the same time. Some of these poems take my breath away; some shock me, and others are so honest and tender, one can feel the pull, the pain, and the celebration of who we all are as women… queer or lesbian, bi or questioning, transgendered or intersexed. There is wisdom and warning; invitations and dares. But through it all there is Julie Enszer’s passionate feminism and, well, love of who she is and who we are collectively.

The book itself is beautifully bound. In my hand it feels special and personal. It’s a book to slip into your pocket and take out to indulge in the erotic wonders of lesbian life…without the sugarcoating, without the facades, without anything but a cold-eyed honesty both of herself and her world.

Julie’ holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, Her work has been widely published and anthologized. She is currently working on her PhD in women’s studies at the the University of Maryland.

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!!   Leave a comment

This Thursday, Woman-Stirred Radio presents a special two-hour program to celebrate the birthday of one of the most imagined, and distinctly American poets of all time: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, born December 10, 1830.
In the first hour Julie R. Enszer and Merry Gangemi will read the original work of poets from around the country, and welcome poets who will read their original poems about or inspired by Emily Dickinson, including: Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Barbara Crooker, Carol Dorf, Charlotte Mandel, Claire Keyes, Elizabeth Oakes, Jane Satterfield, Janet McCann, Julie Moore, Lesley Wheeler, Rachel Dacus, Susan Rich, and Tamiko Beyer.

In the second hour, Martha Nell Smith visits Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about the possibilities of Emily Dickinson, and unpack some of the myriad ways in which Dickinson’s legacy has enriched and sustained the creativity and scholarship of millions of women, redefining and re-imagining the ferocious brilliance of the Belle of Amherst (how I dislike that moniker!!). Martha Nell and Merry will also talk about the intensely passionate and intellectual relationship between Emily and her beloved sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson.

So please join Merry Gangemi and her guests on Thursday, December 10th from 4 to 6 pm (eastern) for a delightful celebration of Emily Dickinson’s 107th birthday.

Tune in at 91.1 fm (in Central Vermont) or stream the show live at WGDR Community Radio. Want to join the conversation? Call 802.454.7762 or send an email with your questions and comments to, or