March 30, 2011 "Women Against Tyranny" Subject of May 12 Book Talk

New Poetry Collection Highlights Women of the Resistance

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Women from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds were part of the resistance movement in occupied Europe during World War II. Their untold stories are the subject of Davi Walders’ new book of poetry titled “Women Against Tyranny: Poems of Resistance During the Holocaust” (Clemson University Digital Press, 2011).

Walders will discuss her book at noon on Thursday, May 12 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, located in Room 220 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the European Division. Tickets are not required, but seating is limited.

“Women Against Tyranny” tells the forgotten stories of the women of resistance such as Dr. Rita Levi Montalcini, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine; Dr. Roza Papo, the first female general in Tito’s army; Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler’s wife, who saved hundreds of people from the Nazis but was unacknowledged in the film “Schindler’s List,” about her husband’s humanitarian efforts; and Magda Trocme, a French parson’s wife who shielded thousands of Jewish refugees from the Nazis in the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.

Walders is a writer and educator whose award-winning poetry and prose have appeared in more than 200 publications. Born and raised in Texas and Oklahoma, Walders graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She later made her home in the Washington, D.C., area where she received a master’s degree in linguistics from The American University and continued graduate work in human development at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Walders received the Greater Washington Hadassah’s Myrtle Wreath Award for developing and directing the Vital Signs Poetry Project at the National Institutes of Health and its Children’s Inn in Bethesda, Md.. The project was funded for three years by The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. She edited the project’s “Using Poetry in Therapeutic Settings: A Resource Manual & Poetry Collection.”

Walders has received grants and fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Puffin Foundation; the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life; and the Montgomery County, Md., Arts and Humanities Council. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, performed in New York City and elsewhere, and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her chapbook, “Gifts: Poem Portraits of Gifted Individuals Who Valued Giving,” was commissioned by the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy and presented by the Carnegie Corporation to its Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipients.

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PR 11-072
ISSN 0731-3527