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Poets & Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment & Healing

Editors: Richard Blanco, Caridad Moro, Nikki Moustaki, Elisa Albo   Foreword by: Joyce Maynard   Afterword by: Anita Hill

A gender-inclusive anthology of poetry and prose that addresses the physical and psychological act of being “grabbed,” or in any way assaulted.

The #MeToo movement, the infamous Access Hollywood tape, and the depraved and hypocritical actions of celebrities, politicians, CEOs, and other powerful people have caused people all over the nation to speak out in outrage, to express allegiance for the victims of these assaults, and to raise their voices against a culture that has allowed this behavior to continue for too long.

The editors asked writers and poets to add to the conversation about what being “grabbed” means to them in their own experience or in whatever way the word “grabbed” inspired them. What they received are often searing, heart-rending works, ranging in topic from sexual misconduct to racial injustice, from an unwanted caress to rape, expressed in powerful, beautifully crafted prose and poetry.

The writers represented here, some very well known, such as Rita Dove, Jericho Brown, Eileen Miles, Ana Menendez and Sapphire, as well as some newer voices not yet fully discovered, have mined their collective experiences to reveal their most vulnerable moments, and in some cases, to narrate moments that they have had previously been unwilling or unable to speak of. What results is a collection of emotional, hard-hitting pieces that speak to the aftermath of violation—whether mental, emotional, or physical.
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“A richly diverse, creative, and gender-inclusive anthology . . . at once deeply shocking and shockingly commonplace, writing candidly, devastatingly, sometimes wittily. With a defining introduction by Joyce Maynard and a resounding afterword by Anita Hill, this is a universal and clarifying call to break the long silence that has imprisoned so many in pain and self-blame. With many contributors writing about being ‘grabbed’ when they were children or teens, this is a hard-hitting, enlightening, and empowering collection for YAs.”
Booklist, Starred Review

Joyce Maynard

Caridad Moro


What We Did This Year
Freesia McKee

The Truth Is I Never Left You
Alexandra Lytton Regalado

Sweet Sixteen
Brenda Cárdenas

She Said Stop Here
Cynthia White

Found Poem: Chorus to a Girl
Holly Mitchell

Flashbulb Memory
Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Kidnapped Girls
Catherine Gonick

Cynthia White

Yvonne Cassidy

Jericho Brown

David Moscovich

Doctor’s Office First Week in This Country
Javier Zamora

Dispatch from My Early 20s
Catherine Esposito Prescott

The Man with the Violin Case
Ruth Behar

Grabbed Villanelle
Catherine Esposito Prescott

Tenement Trick
Vanessa Garcia

Yellow American Woman
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Eileen Myles

That Autumn Sunday
Gerry LaFemina

Daughter, They’ll Use Even Your Own Gaze to Wound You
Beth Ann Fennelly

Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children
M. B. McLatchy

105 Degrees, South
Lucia Leao

Epistle from the Hospital for Harassment
Jenny Molberg

In Support of Violence
Christopher Soto

Creation Story
Mia Leonin

Angel Heart in Istanbul
Caitlin Grace McDonnell

Jericho Brown

When in Madagascar
Vicki Hendricks

The Opposite of Monsters
Laura Lee Huttenbach

The Worlds Words Make
Zoe Welch

In Guiding Dragon-Wasp Behavior of Deviant Tentacles Beneath the Underskirt of an Unsuspecting Queen
Catherine Moore

The Shape of Other People
Kelly Sundberg


Where to Bow to the Will of the Majority
Jen Karetnick

Women Have Been Trained
Marge Piercy

The Pallor of Survival
Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Like Judith Slaying Holofernes
Paul Tran

Me Too
Nicole Callihan

Girl at the Window
Rhonda J. Nelson

Barbra Nightingale

Here Is My Pussy
Nicole Callihan

How We Lived
Emma Trelles

Michael Hettich

Questionnaire for Two Pussies
Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton

Michael Mackin O’Mara

Me Too—The Fall of Man
Cynthia Neely

A Brief History in Pink
Michael Mackin O’Mara

One in Four
David McLoghlin

The Peach Orchard
Rita Dove

Recipe for Resistance
Jen Karetnick

Miriam Bird Greenberg

Denise Duhamel

Words That Know the Sun
Yaddyra Peralta

Body Politic
Bosch Jones

Speaker of the House

“It’s Just Words, Folks. It’s Just Words.”
Denise Duhamel


Jessica Cuello

At Least I Didn’t Rape You
Caridad Moro

Cocoa Beach
Terry Godbey

Crank Caller
Nikki Moustaki

Sweet Sixteen
Terry Godbey

Summer Job, NY, circa 1997
Catherine Esposito Prescott

Puerto Rican Pussy
Ana Menéndez

Up for Grabs
Maggie Smith

Me Too Limerick with Six Drumbeats
Brenda Hillman

What She Told Me
Silvia Curbelo

Pink Underpants
Molly Peacock

El Americano in the Mirror
Richard Blanco

Denise Duhamel and Julie Marie Wade

When a White Man Attempts to Steal Your Soul
Hari Ziyad

Said the Poet
Jenny Molberg

At International Judo Camp
Kyle Lopez

The Gift
Rita Maria Martinez

Date Grape
Freesia McKee

For a Minute There, I Thought We Could’ve Been Happy
Cathleen Chambless


Too Old for That, Now
Caridad Moro

Elisa Albo

At Any Age
Elisa Albo

A Root
Annie Finch

The Things Ma Says
Bosch Jones

The Lion Head Belt Buckle
Virgil Suarez

X Marks the Spot
Oliver Brantome

Those Sundays
Christopher Soto

Gail Carson Levine

Ivonne Lamazares

Psych Ward
Colleen Sutton

Because What We Do Does Not Die
Ellen Bass

Gender Bender
Jennifer Michael Hecht

In Memoriam, Ann
Debra Dean

Angela Bonavoglia

First Kiss
Lynne Barrett

Seven Times Seven
Trish MacEnulty

Anita Hill



ISBN: 978-080707184-7
Publication Date: 10/6/2020
Size:5.5 x 8.5 Inches (US)
Price:  $15.00
Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock.