Melinda Palacio



Melinda Palacio is the author of the novel Ocotillo Dreams, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award. Her poetry collections include Folsom Lockdown and How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, finalist for the Milt Kessler and Paterson prizes and winner of First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 ILBA. Recently her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Program. Melinda's new poetry collection, Bird Forgiveness, is forthcoming in 2018.




11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Poetry Reading
Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (contributor)

An anthology of poems from women who proudly celebrate their own nastiness and that of other women who have served as nasty role models; poems by and about women defying limitations and lady-like expectations; women refusing to be "nice girls;" women embracing their inner bitch when the situation demands it; women being formidable and funny; women speaking to power and singing for the good of their souls; women being strong, sexy, strident, super-smart, and stupendous; women who want to encourage little girls to keep dreaming.


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