Edited tape of a reading by poet Judy Grahn of new work at the San Francisco Women's Building on June 22, 1980 as a benefit for the War Registers League. Also performing that night was Grace Paley. Contains sensitive language.
Judy Grahn is a legendary figure in the Feminist poetry movement. Her most famous poem from the "Common Woman" series has been quoted over 250,000 times...especially the line..."a common woman is as common as bread, and will rise..." Her anthology "The Work of a Common Woman" published by St. Martin's Press had just recently come out at the time of this recording. This reading though, consists of mostly newer work, including portions of her work-in-progress, a woman's history. This is a slightly edited version of the reading that appears on AZ1341.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.