Frances Payne Adler: The Making of a Matriot, 2nd Edition
In 2003 poet Frances Payne Adler wrote the book The Making of a Matriot. What she had to say in that book was so prescient and so relevant today that the publisher has just brought out a second edition. We are thrilled to be hosting Fran Adler at our store to read from this book. Using prose and poetry, the author demonstrates the need for a new conception of national defense through peaceful means and provides a glimpse of the possibilities. Here is her definition of a matriot: 1. One who loves his or her country. 2. One who loves and protects the people of his or her country. 3 One who perceives national defense as health, education, and shelter for all of the people in his or her country, and the world. The author says "And yes, matriot is a sexist word. Here's what else I figure: we've understood patriot to include both men and women for hundreds of years. Time to use matriot, understanding that it still includes both women and men, for the next few hundred years. See what happens." Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, says that "her definition of 'matriot' alone makes it worthwhile opening the book," adding "these poems touch and explore the core of human existence -- the wars, the illnesses, but also the love, the courage, the defiance, of which her own writing is an example."
Adler is the author of five books: two poetry collections (The Making of a Matriot and Raising the Tents) and three collaborative poetry-photography books and social action art exihibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser. She also co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, which won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Anthologies. She is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Award, a California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration, and the New Millennium Obama Award. She is Professor Emerita and founder of the Creative Writing & Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. Adler lives in Portland.