The Embodied Pregnancy Journal
By Zoë Etkin
Prepare for birth and mothering, body-mind-spirit, through writing and embodiment practices in this unique pregnancy journal.
Navigate each trimester (including the 4th/ early postpartum) with writing prompts, affirmations, and self care tips that emphasize the connection between you and your baby, you and your body, and you and your sexuality.
This book is no longer in print. Stay tuned for a new iteration of Embodied Pregnancy in 2020.
By Zoë Etkin
Another New Calligraphy Press
In a world just beginning to acknowledge the burden its women carry, Zoë Etkin looks to her sisters of the sea for inspiration in celebrating one’s scale. Her Cetacea Vaginae considers the magnitude of its eponymous animal and calls upon females to revere their own body and the life it supports, their sexuality and the power it holds. Honoring her anatomic proportions and carnal satisfaction, Etkin pushes back against the inherent repression of our purportedly modern society. In its sensual assertiveness, her work confirms the power of simply filling the space others aim to seize. As Another New Calligraphy’s fiftieth release, it is a triumph twice over.
The Birth & Death of Girl
By Zoë Etkin
Spuyten Duyvil Press
"Zoë Etkin’s The Birth & Death of Girl explores the sacred cycle of life, death, surrender, & return—& she names it: motherhood. But Etkin is not interested in the dualistic or linear definitions that this word typically connotes. No, The Birth & Death of Girl breaks open this word, this role, so that the text becomes a matrilineal excavation of the divine; the entanglement of the feminine, the embodiment of spiritual & physical existence, as a map of trauma."
"What is the predominant feeling in Etkin’s The Birth and Death of Girl? So familiar I feel—along with her. Is it because I have a female form? Because I believe in mythos oriented around female (r)elations? ('We are a linked chain of matter and spirit.') A spectrum of passions moans the cycle forward. Toward. Toward what? Birth. Whose birth? Hers. The fixation: hers. ('Women are closer to the earth—in myth, in history, and in gravity.') A kind of light makes itself obvious when 'birth, sex, and death, are the same violent orgasm.'"
“It’s been hot…” in Ballard Street Poetry Journal, September 2013
(Press seems currently defunct)
“Visitation” in Poetry South (print only)
Senior Thesis Reading, College of Santa Fe, April 2009
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, July 10, 2011
Next Words Reading Series, Mandrake, Los Angeles, March 18, 2012
Thesis Reading, California Institute of the Arts, May 10, 2012
Next Words Showcase, REDCAT, Los Angeles, May 13, 2012
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, June 17, 2013
Enter>Text Valentine’s Day Blame Prom Reading, Los Angeles, February 17, 2013
Host, Red Sky reading, Stories Bookstore, Los Angeles, March 9, 2013
In Process Inventory Book Launch reading, Stories Bookstore, Los Angeles, July 27, 2013
Sumarr Reading Series, Los Angeles, Concord, August 11, 2013
The Birth & Death of Girl Reading and Book Signing, Memphis, June 28, 2018