AS a leading figure of the Romantic movement – an attempt by writers and artists to dispel the effects of the scientific, rational movement, and bring back magic and wonder to a humanistic world – Byron is regarded one of the greatest British poets, and one of the most influential. Most of his works are inspired, in fact, by his travels: his Grand Tour of Europe, which led him to spend seven years in Italy, partially inspired Don Juan. He also fought in the Greek War of Independence, where he was considered a national hero by the Greeks.
Following the AWP Conference in Seattle, and our return to MA, I experienced a severe concussion that had unfortunate consequences through the year. Because I was unable to read or look at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time, the Press "refocused" with the assistance of intern Natalie Wisehart from Smith College, a new web designer Dara Madaragnoli, administrative assistant Marsha Lieberman, and many members of the Press's Advisory Board including Barbara Alfange, Kathy Service, and Marya Zilberberg. Paris Press concentrated on launching our long-awaited website and blog; applying for grants for future and ongoing book, event, and film projects; and soliciting new manuscripts online, with the thrilling goal of publishing a new book in 2015. The Press also continued preliminary work on our Muriel Rukeyser documentary.
Audre Lorde , a Caribbean-American writer and out-spoken feminist talks of the erotic being a type of power being specific to females. "There are many kinds of power [...] The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feelings".  In "The Uses of the Erotic" within Sister Outsider , she discusses how erotic comes from sharing, but if we suppress the erotic rather than recognize its presence, it takes on a different form. Rather than enjoying and sharing with one another, it is objectifying, which she says translates into abuse as we attempt to hide and suppress our experiences.