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May 2009

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A Conversation with the Fat Poets' Society

....authors of Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society.

In a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for everything from rising medical costs to global warming, it takes courage for fat women, especially, to express anything but shame about their bodies. Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society is part of and intended for the growing movement reclaiming "fat" as a valid way to exist in the world.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 you have a chance to hear Kathy Barron, Anne S. Kaplan, Corinna Makris, Lesleigh J. Owens & Frannie Zellman talk about their new book (just published on International No Diet Day― May 6, 2009) and the poetry and process of fat embodiment.

Join the Fat Poets Society and me for a Pearlsong Conversation teleconference call at noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central). If time and technology permit, you'll be able to ask questions and join in the fun―err, discussion.

Email for the details (teleconference phone number & access code) and call the teleconference line at noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central) to listen and/or participate in the hour-long Conversation. (You don't have to talk if you don't want to. )

The line will handle up to 96 participants―first come, first served. And did I mention that it's F.R.E.E.?! Other than your usual cost, if any, for a long distance call.

The Fat Poets' Society was born during the 2006 annual convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA), a civil rights organization. The authors are donating the royalties from Fat Poets Speak to NAAFA.

Kathy Barron has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, ran her own health food store, worked as a bodyworker, energy healer and caregiver, and now is pursuing her dream of writing. Anne S. Kaplan is a Certified Personal Business and Life coach, a "recovering scientist" with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and a former computer programmer and consultant. Corinna Makris is the proprietress of, an online plus-size clothing/living resource. Lesleigh J. Owen has a Ph.D. in sociology and is a college instructor, and social activist. Frannie Zellman (who edited Fat Poets Speak) received her MFA in creative writing from Boston University and is the author of the novel FatLand, also published by Pearlsong Press (January 2009).

For more on these delightful Fat Poets, read their interviews at the  More of Me to Love website (here).

We are recording these Pearlsong Conversations and making them available for listening online or downloading after the call. You can find links to the previous Conversation recordings on the Pearlsong Conversations webpage.

For more info, see To go ahead and request the call-in number & access code, email

I hope I'll hear your voice―or at least you'll hear the Fat Poets' Society's and mine―on May 13!

In Joy,

Peggy Elam
Founder, Editor & Publisher
Pearlsong Press

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