A Deep-Dive into Hidden Lives: Readings by Tina Barry, Aimee Herman and Deirdre Sinnott

Three women writing in different forms take a deep-dive into hidden lives. Tina Barry’s recently released Beautiful Raft, prose poem and hybrids, explores what it means to create in the shadow of a famous artist partner; in a series of letters to her bully Aimee Herman’s teenage protagonist in Everything Grows, discovers more about herself and what it means to be inside a body that does not quite match what she feels on the inside. And in the upcoming The Third Mrs. Galway, set in Utica, New York, 1835, a young girl grapples with her own privilege, during the fractious debates and riots about the abolition of slavery.  

Tina Barry is the author of Beautiful Raft (Big Table Publishing, 2019) and Mall Flower (Big Table Publishing). Tina’s work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Drunken BoatThe American Poetry Journal, Best Short Fictions 2016Nasty Women Poets, Feckless Cunt, and A Constellation of Kisses. Tina is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has had several Best of the Net nods. She teaches at The Poetry Barn and Gemini Ink. 

Aimee Herman (they/them) is the author of the novel, Everything Grows (Three Rooms Press) and two full length books of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books), in addition to being widely published in journals and anthologies including BOMB, cream city review, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books).  Aimee is a queer writer and educator and a founding member in the poetry band, Hydrogen Junkbox.

Deirdre Sinnott grew up in Utica, NY where her upcoming novel, The Third Mrs. Galway, is set. She graduated from Syracuse University and speaks nationally about Utica’s role in the abolition of slavery. She directed two award-winning documentaries on social justice and mass incarceration/prison issues. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and websites. www.DeirdreSinnott.com