International Women's Day: Honoring Women Poets

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

At this moment in time, when women's rights are getting the recognition they deserve, we ask ourselves "What does it mean to be an engaged woman writer right now?" "What is the poet’s role in society and politics?"

To celebrate International Women’s Day, New Mexico poets Barbara Robidoux, Luci Tapahanso, and Isabel Ribe will read from their works and engage in conversation with author, Ariel Gore to discuss these and other questions.  Please join us!

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year celebrating women's achievements and commemorates the movement for women's rights. It's been observed for over 100 years, since February 28, 1909. 

Luci Tapahonso is professor of English Literature and Language at the University of New Mexico. In 2013, she was named the inaugural poet laureate of the Navajo Nation. She is the author of three children’s books and six books of poetry, including A Radiant Curve, which was awarded the Arizona Book Award for Poetry in 2009. Tapahonso received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and a Spirit of the Eagle Leadership Award for her key role in establishing the Indigenous Studies Graduate Studies Program at the University of Kansas. The Native Writers Circle of the Americas named Tapahonso the 1999 Storyteller of the Year. She has also received a Kansas Governor’s Art Award, and Distinguished Woman awards from the National Association of Women in Education and the Girl Scout Council of America. She was honored as Grand Marshal for the Northern Navajo Fair Parade (1991, 1999) in her hometown of Shiprock, New Mexico.

Barbara Robidoux is the author of two books of poetry Waiting for Rain (2007) and Migrant Moon (2012). Her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Yellow Medicine Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4 and numerous anthologies. Sweetgrass Burning: Stories from the Rez, a collection of linked short stories was released in February 2016 and The Legacy of Lucy Little Bear was released in 2017. She lived in coastal Maine much of her life before she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she now lives. Barbara holds an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative writing as well as a BA from The University of New Hampshire and an MA from Vermont College. Barbara is of Eastern Cherokee, Metis and Italian heritage. Her website:

Isabel Ribe is a poet, artist, doula and social worker.  She was born in Washington, D.C. to parents of Colombian and New Mexican heritage. She has lived and worked all over the world and is currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers' movement. Gore's fiction and nonfiction work also explores creativity, spirituality, queer culture, and positive psychology. Writer and cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her "One of the best feminist writers of our times—perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive."  She recently launched her latest book We Were Witches with a reading at Collected Works.