Poetry Reading with Author Skye Shirley

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents a poetry reading with author Skye Shirley on Saturday December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Ms. Shirley will read from her book, Hardtack. Admission is free.

In Hardtack, women and the history of coastal Massachusetts are recurring themes. The maritime industry serves as a framework for exploring issues of femininity, bisexuality, and motherhood. The female body is traced along the many branches of its evolutionary past, from sea mammals to the wives and daughters who called the 19th-century boomtown of New Bedford home. These strands still inform contemporary womanhood as we move through an increasingly technological world. There is a closeness to history that is clasped tightly but can also burden the present if it is not embraced. Connections between women are central to this text, and transcend the categories of time, species, and heterosexuality as fiercely held bonds fray and are remade.

The culmination of a poetry residency at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Hardtack is the award-winning poet Skye Shirley’s first book.

The Center is open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Located at 38 Bethel Street in the heart of the National Park, the Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. For more information, please email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org or call (508) 993-8894.