OBLONG ONLINE: Maggie Doherty in conversation with Honor Moore

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom

In accordance with the wishes of the authors as a show of support for the current protests sweeping the country and anti-racism, this event was rescheduled from its original date of June 3.

Maggie Doherty will talk with fellow author Honor Moore (OUR REVOLUTION) about her new book THE EQUIVALENTS: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. A Q&A will follow.


This online event is free. Your purchase of a book helps support both the author and our independent bookstore and is greatly appreciated. Shipping or contactless curbside pickup options are available.

Maggie DohertyThe Equivalents by Maggie Doherty

In 1960, Harvard's sister college, Radcliffe, announced the founding of an Institute for Independent Study, a "messy experiment" in women's education that offered paid fellowships to those with a Ph.D. or "the equivalent" in artistic achievement. Five of the women who received fellowships--poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin, painter Barbara Swan, sculptor Mariana Pineda, and writer Tillie Olsen--quickly formed deep bonds with one another that would inspire and sustain their most ambitious work. They called themselves "the Equivalents."

Maggie Doherty teaches writing at Harvard, where she earned a PhD in English. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times, n+1, and The Nation. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Honor MooreOur Revolution by Honor Moore

Honor Moore's OUR REVOLUTION has the sweep of an epic novel that follows Jenny Moore, a charismatic and brilliant woman whose life changed as she became engaged in the great twentieth-century movements for peace and social justice. Born into Boston society in 1923 and the first woman in her family to go to college, she set aside writing ambitions to marry.

Honor Moore's previous memoir, The Bishop’s Daughter, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, and many other journals and anthologies. For the Library of America, she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and Poems from the Women’s Movement, an Oprah Summer Reading List pick. She has been poet-in-residence at Wesleyan University and the University of Richmond, visiting professor at the Columbia School of the Arts, and three times the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.