Fat Poets Speak
Voices of the Fat Poets' Society
Barron, Anne S. Kaplan, Corinna Makris, Lesleigh J. Owen & Frannie Zellman
edited by Frannie Zellman
May 6, 2009
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Smart, sassy, sensual and soulful―Five women share the poetry and process of fat
In a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for
everything from rising medical costs to global warning, it takes courage for fat women, especially, to
express anything but shame about their bodies. Fat Poets Speak is part of and intended for
the growing movement reclaiming "fat" as a valid way to exist in the world.
The Fat Poets' Society was born during a poetry workshop at the 2006
annual convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a civil rights
organization. The poets are donating their royalties to NAAFA.
PRAISE for Fat Poets Speak
A Must Read for Anyone on the Journey to Size Acceptance
"I'm not usually a huge fan of poetry, but this book is a treasure and a joy.
No matter where you are personally on your journey to size acceptance, the beautiful poems in this
book will resonate with you. If you are just starting out—you'll see the journey ahead of you and
the joys of learning to love and accept yourself; and if you're already there, you'll recognize the pain and
joy of the struggle you have passed through. A big plus is each poet's auto-bio in the back. Talented women,
looking at being fat from their different viewpoints."
"It is only in recent years that fat poets have begun to stand up and get in the
reader's face to celebrate large-size bodies directly in poems such as Maya Angelou's 'Phenomenal Woman' or in the
groundbreaking anthology Fat Poets Speak, begun at the Fat Poets' Society Writing
Workshop at the 2006 NAAFA convention and anthologized and edited by Frannie Zellman."
Laurie Toby Edison
photographer, Women En Large
"These amazing women have bared themselves in order that we
might be able to understand the pride of fat women and share in its wonder."
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"If someone makes the comment to you, and you don't know what to say, here's a perfect
response I read in the book Fat Poets Speak:
Questioner: 'You look great! Have you lost weight?'
You: 'No. Did you find some?'"
Connie Sobczak at The Body Postive