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Fat Poets Speak is timely given a sociocultural climate in which fat bodies are considered diseased and blamed for everything from rising medical costs to global warming. (Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona called obesity "the terror within.") Rampant discrimination against fat people has been documented and currently is legal in every state but Michigan. Campaigns aimed at "childhood obesity" have shamed and teased fat children and increased the fears of all children. And despite the existence of an almost $60 billion weight loss industry in the U.S., there is still no safe, effective means to permanently make fat bodies lean. In such a culture it takes courage for fat women, especially, to express anything but shame about their bodies. Fat Poets Speak is part of and intended for the growing movement reclaiming "fat" as a valid way to exist in the world.
Frannie Zellman received her M.A. in creative writing from Boston University and is also the author of the novel FatLand, published hy Pearlsong Press in January 2009. Kathy Barron has a B.A. in English, ran her own health food store, worked as a bodyworker, energy healer and caregiver, and now is pursuing her dream of writing. Anne S. Kaplan is a Certified Personal Business and Life Coach, a "recovering scientist" with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and a former computer programmer and consultant. Corinna Makris is the proprietress of ThisLushLife.com (a plus-size clothing/living resource). Lesleigh J. Owen has a Ph.D. in sociology and is a college instructor and social activist.See all Editorial Reviews