Her Kind: Opening Event

Grand Opening Event: October 21, 2023

Her Kind: The Witch in History, Popular Culture & Poetry

Chautauqua, Talk by Dr. Tracy Floreani, Artist Reception for Alysha Little

2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry announces the opening of an upcoming exhibit that explores the symbolism, meaning and history of witches as they have appeared in our public discourse, institutions, folklore, film and TV history, and literature. There will be an emphasis on different issues, such as the “witch hunt” and how that phrase has taken on new political and cultural meaning in recent times.

The exhibit will include photographs, text, objects and more that describe women as diverse as Mother Shipton, Samantha from “Bewitched,” Mary Poppins and Tituba. An accompanying exhibit booklet will be given away free during the opening event. This booklet includes biographical information about 21 “witches,” original poetry by ROMP Director Shaun Perkins, artwork by Alysha Little, and the text of the essay that Dr. Tracy Floreani of Oklahoma City University will deliver on the day of the opening.

The opening event will include a Witchtauqua, with area people presenting a poem or brief biography of a witch from the exhibit booklet. Special guests will be poet/actor Deborah Hunter, Tulsa, who participated in our 2020 Chautauqua as Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Tracy Floreani, Oklahoma City University, who will talk about our topic.

Winners of the Her Kind Poem Contest will also be acknowledged, and if in attendance, they will have the opportunity to read their poems.

An artist reception for Alysha Little will also be held.

This event will be held outside in the museum garden if weather permits. It is free and open to the public.

Her Kind Poetry Contest: See Details Here!

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This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.