But they are more than just their voices. They are women who live and love with gusto, passion and yearning—they live and love fatly.
Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly takes you on a journey through the days of these deeply angry, loving, creative poets. Experience the stages and states through which they travel in the space of 24 hours, in the space of a week, through the months of the year. Laugh, cry, commiserate and celebrate as the poets guide you through highs and lows, sadness and joy, grim defiance and determination and stunning pinnacles of loving and understanding. Especially lush and sensuous poems are starred for the benefit of readers.The contributors from the first volume, Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, are back—with the exception of Corinna Makris Winter, whom the poets hope will be able to join them again in the future. This second volume proudly adds Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley, founder of the Fat Poets' Society at a NAAFA convention in the Boston area in 2006. Fat Poets Speak 2 also features one poem each by four new voices, activists in the fat acceptance movement.
Frannie Zellman, editor of Fat Poets Speak 2, received her MA in creative writing from Boston University in 1980 and blames none of her professors for what she has done or written since. She is also the editor and co-author of Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, and author of the novels FatLand and FatLand: The Early Days, Books 1 & 2 of The FatLand Trilogy.
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.
In the fantasy/science fiction adventure FatLand (Volume I of The FatLand Trilogy), the weight-oriented Pro-Health Laws of the US have become so oppressive that people seeking freedom over their bodies have established a new country where life is good and scales are forbidden. FatLand: The Early Days is both a sequel and a prequel, revealing a hidden history as three archivists set out to discover how FatLand began—and quickly become aware that someone doesn't want them to know.
Seven thousand miles away a woman summons the courage to write about FatLand's beginnings, knowing her life will be in danger the moment the FatLand Board receives her memoir.
As the four race to record their findings and insights, the early history of FatLand reveals itself in violence and heroism, and in the bravery, determination and treachery of its founders.