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April 27, 2020

Annie Finch

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning feminist poet, writer, and performer ANNIE FINCH for a discussion of her edited anthology Choice Words: Writers on Abortion. She will be joined in conversation by two contributors: Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist DESIREE COOPER and KRISTEN R. GHODSEE, author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence.


A landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and essays, Choice Words collects essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, the book spans continents and centuries. This collection magnifies the voices of people reclaiming the sole authorship of their abortion experiences. These essays, poems, and prose are a testament to the profound political power of defying shame.

Contributors include Ai, Amy Tan, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Camonghne Felix, Carol Muske-Dukes, Diane di Prima, Dorothy Parker, Gloria Naylor, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Arcana, Kathy Acker, Langston Hughes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lindy West, Lucille Clifton, Mahogany L. Browne, Margaret Atwood, Molly Peacock, Ntozake Shange, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sharon Doubiago, Sharon Olds, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Sholeh Wolpe, Ursula Le Guin, and Vi Khi Nao.

About Author(s)

Annie Finch is an award-winning feminist poet, writer, and performer. Her eighteen books include Spells: New and Selected Poems, and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, a ritual poem on abortion which received the Sarasvati Award. Annie holds a BA from Yale and a Ph.D from Stanford. 

Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist and community activist. She wrote and produced the award-winning short film "The Choice.”

Kristen Ghodsee, award-winning author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence, is an ethnographer who writes about the lived experiences of socialism and postsocialism in Eastern Europe.