Getting ready for Becoming Nicole

We’re all excited to talk about our December read, Becoming Nicole.

Unfortunately, while Nicole’s father was very excited to join us, work commitments will keep him away.

But here are some links that will help prepare you for the discussion:

Here is Nicole’s 13 minute TEDx talk from 2016:


What do you think about this flyer that seems to poke fun at contemporary acronyms for gender and sexuality in the name of education?

Is This ‘LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP’ Inclusiveness Training Session Flyer Real?

Here is a legitimate glossary from UC Davis:

LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary

Transgender is a gender. But so is nonbinary:

When A Student Says, I’m Not a Boy or a Girl, New York TimesWhen A Student Says, I’m Not a Boy or a Girl, New York Times

A small-town doctor wanted to perform surgeries for transgender women. He faced an uphill battle, Washington Post


See you soon!!

Poet Stu Kestenbaum April 6!

Our guest for the April 6th meeting (the last of the year) will be Stu Kestenbaum, Poet Laureate of Maine (as well as Interim Director of the Maine College of Art and past Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts). 
As you know, the book for the evening will be Prayers and Run-On Sentences, a collection of Stu’s poetry. 
We will  repeat what we did when Wes McNair (the prior Poet Laureate) visited, which is for each of us to choose a poem from the book that speaks to us in some way, read it aloud, and briefly explain why it was chosen.
In addition:  Stu has agreed to write one of his [remarkable] poems using words suggested by the group.  So from each of you planning on attending on April 6th, I need. . .one word.  Any word at all.  Don’t worry about its being “poetic” or “appropriate.”  Either hand it in Thursday or send it to Margery Irvine at

Preparing for Antigone!


I’m so excited for our read of Antigone in February! March!

You might want to check out the 1986 multi-part series from the BBC, with Juliet Stevenson in the lead (divided into 11 parts on YouTube, total running time about 2 hours). The BBC did all three Theban plays.

An 8-part documentary on Antigone from the UK’s National Theatre.  It begins with a nice 8 minute introduction to Aristotle’s theory of tragedy from Edith Hall, before introducing the play Antigone by Sophocles. Polly Findlay speaks about her interpretation of Don Taylor’s translation of Antigone for the National Theatre’s Olivier theatre in 2012.

And from Marge Irvine, this  video about the Greek chorus.

Happy reading!