Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' SocietyFat Poets Speak
Voices of the Fat Poets' Society
Kathy Barron, Anne S. Kaplan, Corinna Makris, Lesleigh J. Owen & Frannie Zellman
edited by Frannie Zellman
May 6, 2009

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Media kit (PDF) | Original trade paperback  128 pp ISBN 9781597190169 $15.95 | Ebook ISBN 9781597190510 $5.99 | About the Authors| Hour-long mp3 recording of the authors talking with publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. & reading selected poems | 45-minute mp3-recording of Frannie Zellman & Lesleigh J. Owen talking with publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. & performing a fat acceptance skit & Lesleigh's poem "Fat Beauty."
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Info on Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly is available here.

Smart, sassy, sensual and soulful―Five women share the poetry and process of fat embodiment.

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."

T.L. Weitze 

"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


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