We Hear You Calling: A Celebration of the Suffragists Through Poetry & Music
Many courageous American women sacrificed their reputations and social status - some their marriages, rights to their children, and own health - to secure women the right to vote. In celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, a cadre of New Hampshire women poets and UNH English professor Diane Freedman have developed a program featuring poetry, music, and discussion about some of the suffragists, including some from New Hampshire. Accompanied by improvisational flutist Cynthia Chatis, Liz Ahl, Lee Ann Dalton, Alice Fogel, S Stephanie, and guest youth poets will speak their works inspired by the suffrage movement. With biographical and historical information and reflection prompts woven in, audience members will have the opportunity to learn and talk about the history of women and the vote, equality, women’s rights, citizen engagement, and voting responsibilities, as well as barriers to voting past and present.
Programs will be held on April 17 in Portsmouth, April 24 in Dover, May 15 in Moultonborough, and June 12 in Manchester. This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and sponsored in part by the Poetry Society of NH and the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Committee. More information