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Anthology co-editor Karen Finneyfrock
Credit: Courtesy of Inti St. Clair

A Poem Anthology For Gutsy Girls

If you could go back in time, what would you want to say to your teenage self?

Writers Karen Finneyfrock, Rachel McKibbens and Mindy Nettifee decided to gather poems they wished they'd had when they were younger.

"If we could give [teenage girls] one charm to tuck into their pockets, it would be courage," reads an excerpt from the introduction of their new anthology, "Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls."

Novelist, poet and teaching artist Finneyfrock reads two poems from the anthology: "The First Time I Hit a Boy" by Mindy Netiffee, and Daphne Gottlieb's "In Case You Ever Need It, It Is Here."

Finneyfrock is the author of two novels for young adults, "Starbird Murphy and the World Outside" and "The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door," and the poetry collection, "Ceremony for the Choking Ghost."