Louise Akers is currently a second year MFA candidate writing poetry in Brown University’s Literary Arts program, where she received the Keith and Rosemary Waldrop Prize for Innovative Writing in 2017. Louise earned her Bachelors of Arts from Boston University where she studied English and Art History. At BU, she earned the Departmental Prize for Excellence in English as well as the Boston University London Programme Director’s Prize for her thesis on T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. She is the Books Editor at Anomaly (FKA Drunken Boat), and has two poems published in the most recent issue of Mortar Magazine, an online literary journal.
Louise's two passions are poetry and social justice. Her work in poetry deals with the inherent difficulty, or even impossibility, of stabilizing a subject positionality using language, and the insufficiency of language to communicate that position to another human being. This, for Louise, connects directly to her queer identity, which shifts and changes, as in a sort of continuous "coming out" process. As a poet, she likes to test out and extend the ability that language possesses to speak truth, especially given the implicit danger of expression in a language of colonization like English.
For this OFL, Louise will speak a bit more about these topics and her relationship to them, and the idea of queer poetics in general. She, along with those in attendance, will be able to read some work by queer poets, write some poetry of their own, and will have the chance to share their work with the group!