It’s still a PoMo world and I’m still its red-headed step-child: more Romantic, committed, and way more PoMo than is polite. Cis-het-patriarchal-capitalist-white supremacy is dying — but not faster than the people it crushes and kills. Faster, pussycat!
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Am managing editor The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database and Blog This Rock for Split This Rock, which cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. It calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
Previously, on PoMoRed
Used to run blogs and social media, and do loads of content development for Virginia NOW and its Virginia ERA Network. Conducted a bushel of interviews for the Virginia Foremothers Project, a project of Virginia NOW, talking about activism for the Equal Rights Amendment and current feminist work with women who chained themselves to the White House and the RNC, who fasted in Illinois, and who are still down for the cause.
Also a poet, an independent scholar of experimental poetics and feminist philosophy. With Alison Scott-Baumann, she is co-editor of the anthology Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays, and is author of the monograph A Poetics of Being-Two: Irigaray’s Ethics and Post-Symbolist Poetics which is about how poetry can save your soul and the world.
Taught humanities courses with long arcs, experimental essay and creative writing of poetry, and lots of first year writing.
And this in which I take Jan Zwicky rather heavily to task for ignoring the Romantic ground on which Post-Modernity built its varieties. “The Aleatory Genre: A Notebook of Misunderstanding” @ Common Knowledge
Current research explores/critiques/imagines cultural identity and appropriation, Indian philosophy, and Irigaray’s late “mystical” works — bent on a new world.
Bio & Head-shot
M. F. Simone Roberts is managing editor and co-curator of The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database and Blog This Rock for Split This Rock. Roberts is an interdisciplinary scholar of poetics, feminist phenomenology, and comparative religion, and poet, editor, activist. Her poems appear in Revue/Post and Poets Reading the News, Literary Nest, The Quarry, and soon other journals. She is co-editor of the anthology Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays and author of the critical monograph A Poetics of Being-Two: Irigaray’s Ethics and Post-Symbolist Poetics. She tweets and ‘grams sporadically at @pomored.