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BIG NIGHT celebrates Earth's Daughters 40th anniversary

Tonight's first Just Buffalo BIG NIGHT event of the fall season celebrates the 40th anniversary of Buffalo-based Earth's Daughter's magazine, the longest continuously published feminist magazine in North America.

The program begins at 8 p.m. at the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., and will feature readings by Judith Kerman, the founding editor of the magazine, with shorter readings by current Earth's Daughters co-editors Ansie Baird, Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby and Ryki Zuckerman.

Kerman, who founded the magazine in 1971 along with co-editors Lillian Robinson and Elaine Rollwagon, also gave Earth's Daughters its name, a homage to early 20th century political activist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal "Mother Earth". 

Since leaving Buffalo for a teaching position at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan in 1974, she has published eight books of her own poetry and Spanish language poetry in translation including "Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic" (BOA Editions Limited, 2009), "Galvanic Response" (March Street Press, 2005), "A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce Maria Loynaz" (White Pine Press, 2002), "Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia" (Mayapple Press, 2002), "Three Marbles" (Cranberry Tree Press, 1999), Driving for Yellow Cab (Tout Press, 1985), and her much-praised debut collection "Mothering" (Uroboros/Allegheny Mountain Press, 1978).

Kerman was a Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, and since 1980 has published over 50 titles on her own independent Mayapple Press.  Since retiring from teaching at Saginaw Valley State University last year, she has relocated herself and her press to Woodstock, New York.

Tonight's BIG NIGHT will also feature Latin American and Caribbean music performed by the trio La Marimba, and food by Culinary Institute of America trained chef and BlazeVox Books publisher Geoffrey Gatza.   Admission is $5, $4 for members of Just Buffalo, CEPA, and the WNYBAC.

--R.D. Pohl

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