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New Poetry Book from BFA Alumna Blythe Baird


If My Body Could Speak, by Blythe Baird (BFA ‘18)
Published by Button Poetry
February 2019

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Blythe Baird’s If My Body Could Speak is a celebration of girlhood and all of its struggles and triumphs.
In poems that dig deep into sexuality, acceptance of the body, survival of trauma, and learning to love yourself in spite of everything telling you not to, Baird’s voice is a rich addition to her generation. Searing, soaring, and heartbreaking, If My Body Could Speak balances the softness of femininity with the sharpness that girls are forced to become.

Includes poems such as “Girl Code 101”, “When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny”, and “Pocket-Sized Feminism” that have been watched by millions online.


At only 22 years old, Blythe Baird is already one of the most recognizable names in spoken word and slam poetry.

Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the viral and award-winning writer has garnered international recognition for her poems that speak out on sexual assault, mental illness, eating disorder recovery, sexuality, and healing.

Her work has been featured by Glamour, TedxMinneapolis, The National Eating Disorder Association, Mic, The Huffington Post, EverydayFeminism, VICE, The Mighty, The Body Is Not An Apology, Write Bloody, Button Poetry, A-Plus, and more. She is also the author of Give Me A God I Can Relate To (2015).

She graduated in 2018 from Hamline University with a dual degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies.


Blythe Baird Reads From “If My Body Could Speak” at Common Good Books
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 PM
Where: Common Good Books
             38 Snelling Ave S
             St. Paul, MN 55105

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Congratulations, Blythe!