'My Name Is My Own': Celebrating June Jordan & Ruth Stone

A Virtual Benefit Event for Copper Canyon Press  |  October 1, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT

Featuring Jericho Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rio Cortez, Monica Sok, and Alison C. Rollins, plus editors Jan Heller Levi, Christoph Keller, Bianca Stone, and Michael Wiegers

Join Copper Canyon Press and an all-star lineup to celebrate the legacies of two iconic feminist poets, while raising crucial funds to support our spring season of phenomenal books. You’ll be treated to a first look at brand-new and forthcoming anthologies, The Essential Ruth Stone and The Essential June Jordan, and invited to help launch a Kickstarter project to lift up these extraordinary poets and their legacies.

Ruth Stone (1915–2011) and June Jordan (1936-2002), while distinct from each other in terms of aesthetics and identity, share a fierce sense of feminist poetics, a wonderful balance of candor and cleverness, and visionary understandings of power, violence, and solidarity. We are thrilled to honor these poets with you.

Guest readers will include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Jericho Brown, with a preview of his afterword for The Essential June Jordan; international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert; and a host of other literary luminaries.

Can’t attend the event?

  • Make a gift on this page at any time to help launch The Essential Ruth Stone, and The Essential June Jordan, and our spring poetry books, or
  • Watch this space for a link to participate in our Kickstarter campaign—launching October 1st— with an opportunity to receive books, broadsides, and other poetry treasures.

We will share a recording of the event with all donors. Your gift will help keep Copper Canyon thriving through the pandemic and into a more just future for all.

Thank you!

I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name
My name is my own my own my own

—June Jordan, from “Poem About My Rights”