Female singer-songwriters who articulate the female experience are considered confessionalist singer-songwriters. Presumably, it is taboo to talk about the female body and mind. These artists use figurative language to address taboo topics and soften the blow for their audience. This talk suggests ways we can challenge the culture and bring the female experience into the mainstream.
Andrea Rogers is a musician and Ph.D. Poetry student at Georgia State University, where she is an Advanced Teaching Fellow. Rogers is currently a writing instructor at GSU and Agnes Scott College, and works as a Writing Consultant at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Outside of teaching and tutoring, she has also worked for literary journals (Five Points, Odradek) and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Rogers's professional and personal interests directly overlap; as such, she has continually explored the intersections of the written and spoken word in her research, writing, and in a variety of poetry and music performances across the southeast. Rogers’s research areas are varied, and include women’s confessional poetry and the complex relationship between American popular music and contemporary American poetry. She is the recipient of the 2015 Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Poetry Prize, judged by Tracy K. Smith, and two Academy of American Poets awards.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx