Susana H. Case & Margo Taft Stever, editors, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe. This anthology of poems on Marilyn Monroe, one of the all-time greatest iconic figures of beauty and femininity, addresses questions about gender roles and their enactment, and the ways in which women attempt to negotiate the differences between their private and public personae. The ninety who are represented include Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, David Lehman, Denise Duhamel, Nin Andrews, Delmore Schwartz, Ernesto Cardenal, David Trinidad, and Frank Baez. The introduction is by Lois Banner, the founder of the women’s history movement and author of ten books, including Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox (Bloomsbury, 2012).
Susana H. Case is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Dead Shark on the N Train (Broadstone Books, 2020) which won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book, a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite, and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. She is also the author of five chapbooks. Her first collection, The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press) was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka (Opole University Press). Her poetry is also translated into Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Poems by Case have appeared in literary journals including CALYX, Catamaran, The Cortland Review, Portland Review, Rattle, RHINO, and upstreet. Case recently retired as Professor from the New York Institute of Technology in New York City where she taught for thirty-eight years. She is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. Her new book, THE DAMAGE DONE, is forthcoming fromBroadstone Books in 2022. For more information, please see: susanahcase.com/.
Margo Taft Stever’s latest of six poetry collections include Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019) which was shortlisted and received honorable mention for 2021 the Eric Hoffer Award, and the chapbook, Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). Her poems have appeared in journals including Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner; Rattapallax, Connecticut Review; “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Academy of American Poets; Cincinnati Review; upstreet; Plume; West Branch, and Salamander. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. As 2021 Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Bioethics Department of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, she taught a poetry workshop on poetry and bioethics. She also teaches poetry at Children’s Village, a residential school for at-risk children and adolescents in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Her new book, THE END OF HORSES, is forthcoming from Broadstone Books in 2022. For more information, please see: margotaftstever.com.