This ten-minute video introduces “Shadowed: Unheard Voices,” an anthology of prose poems and photographs co-edited by Joell Hallowell and Meg Wither and published by The Press at California State University, Fresno in 2014. shop.thepressatcsufresno.com/Shadowed-Unheard-Voices-Shad1.htm
Whether found between the crumbling pages of a forgotten family bible or shoved into a cardboard box at a garage sale, we’ve all come under the influence of the magnetic force of anonymous photographs—fossil-like representations of unnamed ancestors. It is this phenomenon that prompted Meg and Joell to invite 35 women poets to respond to an eclectic collection of 50 black-and-white photographs from the late 1800s to the 1940s. The resulting book is a collection of vibrant, thought-provoking writing by contemporary poets delving into the nature of memory and loss—speculating about those we've never heard about, those who never made it into our family legacy or lore. This is a book of wondering and inventing. It is a tribute to the unknown.
The video offers a lyrical interpretation of "Shadowed: Unheard Voices," with readings and excerpts of poems by Diana Aehegma, Marisol Baca, Ellen Bass, Rita Flores Bogaert, Aurora Bracket, Gina Maria Caruso, Maxine Chernoff, Chella Courington, Rachelle Escamilla, Rae Freudenberger, Corrinne Clegg Hales, Joell Hallowell, Gabriela Jauregui, Tsipi Keller, Susanna Kittredge, Ali Lawrence, Genny Lim, Tanuja Mehrotra, Toni Mirosevich, Gail Mitchell, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, L. J. Moore, Tiare Picard, Jennifer Reimer, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Susan M. Schultz, Deema K. Shehabi, Jennifer Sweeney, Yolanda Valenzuela, Mary Michael Wagner, Deborah Wood, Meg Withers, Aileen Yoo. The video was compiled and edited by Jacalyn White and Joell Hallowell: nowthen.squarespace.com. Original music by Tricia Garlock.
For more information about Shadowed: shadowedthebook.com