Poetry. In 1405, Christine de Pizan, the world's first professional writer, published an allegorical work called The Book of the City of Ladies, in which she imagined constructing (with the help of her fairy godmothers Reason, Rectitude, and Justice) a walled city where women could live safe from sexism, misogyny, and gendered violence. Six hundred years later, we still need such a city. MEGA-CITY REDUX charts a road-trip search for this mythical city today, with the help of 21st-century feminist heroes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena Warrior Princess, and Dana Scully from The X-Files.
author siteVirginia Konchan @ Tupelo QuarterlyLetitia Montgomery-Rodgers @ Los Angeles ReviewJennifer Martelli @ GLINTBrian Burmeister @ Newfound
Alyse Knorr is an associate professor of English at Regis University and co-editor of Switchback Books. She is the author of the poetry collections MEGA-CITY REDUX (2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013); the non-fiction books GoldenEye (National Book Network, 2022) and Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books, 2016); and four poetry chapbooks. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, POETRY Magazine, The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Georgia Review, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University.