GILLIAN DEVEREUX received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University and directs the writing Center at Wheelock College in Boston, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of Focus on Grammar (dancing girl press, 2012) and They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (Aforementioned Productions, 2011), and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, most recently The Midwest Quarterly, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, Sundog Lit, Boog City, and Printer’s Devil Review. Follow her on Twitter (@fromthistles) or Tumblr (http://neomodernmix.tumblr.com). These poems come from a book length erasure manuscript which uses letters and journals written by women in Bram Stoker's Dracula as source texts.
Curatorial note: The following poems are a response to a call for poetry about rape culture for the annual Delirious Advent Feature; the call is in turn an immediate response to the Rolling Stone story “A Rape on Campus” about rape culture at the University of Virginia. However, they are also part of a larger conversation about rape in poetry communities. Curated by Jessica Smith and Susana Gardner.