Alumnae on the Cusp: MARNEY RATHBUN ’16, MEREDITH NNOKA ’14 & ABE LOUISE YOUNG ’99

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:30 pm, Alumnae House Conference Hall

MEREDITH NNOKA’s chapbook, A Hunger Called Music (C&R Press, 2016) is a verse history of Black music, from work songs to Motown-era Soul. Her poems have been featured in HEArt Online, Mandala Journal, Riding Light, and elsewhere. At Smith, Nnoka majored in Africana Studies and English and was a Poetry Concentrator. Originally from outside of Washington, D.C., she spent a year teaching English in France and is currently doing graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

MARNEY RATHBUN’s chapbook, I call my father by his name, was a winner of the 2016 Jubilat Makes A Chapbook competition. Her work can be seen in Reservoir Literary Journal and (b)OINK magazine. Rathbun majored in Africana Studies at Smith and was a Poetry Concentrator. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. 

ABE LOUISE YOUNG, one of the very first interns at the Poetry Center, is the author of two chapbooks, Ammonite (2008) and Heaven to Me (2016). Her poems and essays have appeared in Witness, Verse Daily, Narrative Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and The Nation. Born in New Orleans, she holds an MA from Northwestern University and an MFA from the James Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin. She has led writing workshops in more than thirty states and worked on a wide variety of story-based social change projects.

Supported by the Program for the Study of Women & Gender