Novelist Marlene Hauser and poet Elizabeth Hazen talk about their latest works and about women and family, expectations and the challenges women face in an unequal world.
Elizabeth Hazen is a poet, essayist, and teacher. A Maryland native, she came of age in a suburb of Washington, D.C. in the pre-internet, grunge-tinted 1990s, when women were riding the third wave of feminism and fighting the accompanying backlash. She began writing poems when she was in middle school, after a kind-hearted librarian handed her Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind. She has been reading and writing poems ever since.
Hazen’s work explores issues of addiction, mental health, and sexual trauma, as well as the restorative power of love and forgiveness. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, American Literary Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, and other journals. Alan Squire Publishing released her first book,
Chaos Theories, in 2016. Girls Like Us is her second collection. She lives in Baltimore with her family.
Hauser’s latest novel is Geraniums, the story of a family brutalized by a father who is scarred by his experiences in World War II and the Vietnam War. Military veteran Jack pushes his wife Lauren Rose to the verge of insanity with mental and physical abuse. He enlists his mother Emma in efforts to turn his children against their mother. Hauser is also author of Off-Island and producer of the television movie Under the Influence.
Discussions are chaired by poet Rose Solari, co-founder and editor of Alan Squire Publishing, which is publisher of Hazen’s poetry and a supporter of this year’s Oxford Literary Festival.